Newton Emerson: DUP set to appoint a Sinn Féin first minister
Unionism’s healthy internal revolution hands nationalists huge symbolic gain
Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, refers to herself as “joint head of government”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The unionist vote is now splitting across three unionist parties and Alliance, each polling between 11 and 16 per cent, with all trends clumping those figures closer together. Sinn Féin is steady on 25 per cent.