Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has described the rise in support for Sinn Féin as a "wake-up call for unionism".
In the republic, Sinn Féin is enjoying a
Despite that election result, the former First Minister insists she has not considered resigning as leader.
"The mark of a politician is not what they do during good times, but how they tackle the challenges and how they deal with the opportunities which present themselves," she said.
"And certainly from my perspective, I have a big job of work to do, the party has a big job of work to do and, indeed, unionism in general has to step up to the plate."