Close NI Assembly election finishes with DUP and Sinn Féin remaining the two biggest parties

Sinn Fein has had its best results ever in the Northern Ireland assembly elections - triggered by the collapse of the power sharing agreement six weeks ago

The nationalist party is now just one seat behind the DUP - which has taken 28 of the 90 seats available.

They remain the two biggest parties, and will have to try to work together again to form a new power-sharing government.

Sinn Fein's leader Michelle O'Neill says she accepts team-work will be crucial:

The previous administration collapsed over DUP leader Arlene Foster's links to the so-called cash for ash controversy.

The former First Minister admits Sinn Fein had a good election:

NI Assembly election result breakdown:

DUP - 28

Sinn Féin - 27

SDLP - 12

UUP - 10


Other - 5