Election 2015: Ó hEára congratulates Durkan on victory

Defeated Sinn Fein Westminster candidate for Foyle, Gearóid Ó hEára, congratulated SDLP opponent, Mark Durkan, on his re-election to Westminster in the early hours of Friday morning.

Despite being tipped to increase Sinn Fein’s vote in Foyle, Mr. Ó hEára, saw the vote for his party in Foyle decline by 419 votes from 2010.

In his speech, Mr. Ó hEára, addressed the recent spate of attacks on Sinn Fein elected representatives and activists by dissident republicans in the run-up to the election.

“First of all I would like to congratulate Mark [Durkan] on his achievement and I wish him very well for the future and I would like to congratulate all of the other candidates and commend them for their campaigns.”

Mr. Ó hEára added: “I would like to especially speak to our campaign team - this election was very, very hard. We worked tirelessly throughout and there was great humour and I was really impressed with how young people got involved.

“I am particularly pleased that the Sinn Fein vote has held up and I want to send a message to all of those people in the constituency who came out and voted for Sinn Fein - we’ve held our vote, we’ve consolidated and we will build on that for the next time.”

Sinn Fein's Gearoid O'hEara congratulates Mark Durkan at last night's count. On left is DUP candidate Gary Middleton. DER1815MC122

Sinn Fein's Gearoid O'hEara congratulates Mark Durkan at last night's count. On left is DUP candidate Gary Middleton. DER1815MC122

Sinn Fein Foyle candidate Gearoid O'hEara pictured chatting to election agent Barney O'Hagan at last night's count. On right is Gearoid's wife Geraldine. DER1815MC115

Sinn Fein Foyle candidate Gearoid O'hEara pictured chatting to election agent Barney O'Hagan at last night's count. On right is Gearoid's wife Geraldine. DER1815MC115