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  1. Another election has been and gone

    That's all the live reaction we have for now after a momentous assembly election.

    You can keep up-to-date with all the developments here . Will we see orange and green side by side in the assembly any time soon? 

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  2. SDLP performance 'victory for devolution'

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says his party's performance in the election was "a victory for those who chose devolution over direct rule, for those who want power-sharing to work".

    Colum Eastwood

    "It is now incumbent on all parties to ensure that power is retained in our assembly, not handed back to Theresa May and James Brokenshire," he said.  

  3. Election colour: Breakdown of votes

    Here's how the first preference votes broke down: 

    FPV breakown
  4. Now focus on forming executive - CBI

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says following the election MLAs must refocus their efforts on forming a functioning devolved executive.

    Angela McGown

    "To successfully steer us through this challenging period, and facilitate the creation of a competitive economy that can generate 50,000 new jobs by 2021, business needs a fully functioning Executive that delivers long term political stability," said the CBI's Angela McGowan.

  5. Unionist division must end says DUP MLA

    Newly elected Upper Bann MLA Jonathan Buckley of the DUP says the days of unionist division must end.

    Mike Nesbitt election

    "There has to be closer co-operation for those that are unionist by conviction and want to see the union maintained," he says. 

  6. SDLP leader 'could have backed Nesbitt more'

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood could have backed Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt more, party colleague says.

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  7. SF TD: election result 'decisive not divisive'

    Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald says her party taking 27 seats in the assembly election was a "massive affirmation of the politics of Sinn Féin over the last ten years." 

    Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald

    Speaking on RTÉ radio about her party being just one seat behind the DUP, she said: "This is not a numbers game in terms of unionism versus nationalism. It's a real change in the political charge and a decisive moment, not a divisive one."  

  8. UUP should take time to pick new leader - Kennedy

    Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy says Mike Nesbitt showed great dignity in his resignation and the party should take time to pick a new leader.

    Danny Kennedy

    Mr Kennedy, who lost his seat in Newry and Armagh, said he had believed a surge in the Sinn Féin vote was likely ahead of the election and "ultimately it was that tide that swept us".

  9. Foster 'won election for wrong party'

    People Before Profit's Eamonn McCann says that Arlene Foster won the election "but won it for the wrong party".

    Eamonn McCann

    He said some of her comments about issues like the Irish language "felt to hundreds of thousands of people as disdain" and helped to get the vote out for Sinn Féin.

  10. Farry: 'Danger of drift'

    Alliance's Stephen Farry, who was re-elected as an MLA in North Down, says it's crucial Sinn Féin and the DUP establish a government in the coming weeks to avoid "drift" over forthcoming Brexit negotiations. 

    Stephen Farry, Alliance MLA

    He said: "Northern Ireland is facing its biggest challenge at a time of our greatest weakness, in terms of any notion of clear and coherent government. And if we don't have that, then there is the danger of drift."

  11. McCrea: UUP needs to assess its 'relevance'

    Former NI21 leader Basil McCrea says the Ulster Unionist Party needs to ask "where it sees itself in the electoral framework and if there is any relevance to the party" in the wake of the assembly election results. 

    Basil McCrea, former leader of NI21

    The ex-Ulster Unionist MLA, added that the role of the next party leader should be to "negotiate a settlement with somebody, to find some kind of arrangement with the DUP or, potentially, the SDLP".

  12. Return to direct rule 'would be abdication of responsibility'

    SDLP South Belfast MLA Clare Hanna says that with no budget in place and no plans for Brexit, a return to direct rule would be "an abdication of responsibility".

    Clare Hanna

    "Those parties who went out and sought a big tough guy mandate yesterday, and got it in some respects, the pressure should be on them to actually deliver," she said.

  13. What next for Stormont?

    NI Assembly election

    Sinn Féin has made major gains in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, finishing just one seat behind the Democratic Unionist Party.  

    What happens next

    So what happens next at Stormont after Friday's results?  

  14. SDLP's Mallon says party had 'good result'

    Nichola Mallon says the SDLP taking 12 seats in the Assembly election is a "good result" for her party. 

    Nichola Mallon, SDLP MLA for north Belfast

    The North Belfast MLA added: "Other parties played the sectarian card, they picked on issues that would divide people. We didn't and we believe that we have seen an endorsement of that."

  15. Elliott won't speculate on UUP leadership

    Former Ulster Unionist leader, Tom Elliott, says he won't speculate on who might be the next leader of the party after Mike Nesbitt's resignation. 

    Tom Elliott, former Ulster Unionist leader

    When asked on BBC Radio Ulster if he would throw his hat into the ring, Mr Elliott said: "Once you've done your term, it's more difficult to go back and have another go." 

  16. Pressure on Foster to resign, says ex-SF man

    Former Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay says that by resigning so quickly, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt "put pressure on Arlene Foster to follow suit".

    Daithí McKay

    When asked on Radio Ulster if he thinks Mrs Foster "is toast", he replies "I think she is".