Election Review: Alliance secures extra Lisburn seat
And in a further show of strength Alliance took four seats in the Lisburn area — one more than the three the party has only ever held.
Councillor Stephen Martin — Deputy Presiding Officer of the new Council — said the group were delighted with the result.
He added: “We have to say thank you to everyone locally and across the party who helped secure victory for Alliance. We must also thank the voters who stepped forward to vote for us, believing in our message of a united society and shared future for everyone.
“We are all committed to working for everyone in our area and we look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
“As the new Lisburn and Castlereagh Council gets down to business I am both honoured and delighted to serve as Deputy Presiding Councillor and looking forward to working with all my colleagues as the new Council begins to establish itself.”