The UUP maintained a strong hold in the Erne North DEA as Diana Armstrong topped the polls.

Mrs. Armstrong, who was running in her first election, received 1186 votes and was delighted with the support she received in the district.

She was co-opted onto the Council in 2016 following party member Rosemary Barton becoming an MLA.

Speaking following her confirmation, Mrs. Armstrong thanked her team for the work they put in throughout the election.

“There is very strong Ulster Unionist support in Erne North. I am very pleased with the turnout and the hard work we have put in.

“Delighted because I was co-opted in May 2016 and I think this underlines the strength of work I have being doing in local communities and I will continue to do that.”

Alliance’s Diane Little is due to be the second person eliminated in Erne North.

Across the county in Erne West, fellow Ulster Unionist Alex Baird followed Councillor Armstrong in returning his seat, topping the polls with 1,333 votes.

Councillor Baird, who topped the polls in 2014, said rates and the lack of government were the main issues on the doors.

“The biggest issues were rates and non-functioning Assembly. Surprisingly Brexit didn’t come up. I must admit we were fortunate in the UUP we voted for a zero rate increase in Council with all other parties not supporting us. It was much easier to defend it but that was our position and an honestly held position.”

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