- The SDLP's Colin McGrath and Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile on the state of affairs following the election results
Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the approach of Arlene Foster and her DUP party over recent months and years "awoke a sleeping beast".
While he did not attribute his party's success at the ballot box to the DUP, he said the increased nationalist turnout, with his party polling over 200,000, showed that "the notion of a perpetual or permanent unionist majority is now smashed".
The Seanad Éireann member went on to suggest that "if yesterday's result doesn't highlight the fundamental need for a change in approach and change in attitude from the DUP then nothing will".
He also reiterated that that Sinn Féin would not be going into government with the DUP while Arlene Foster remained leader.
Turnout in all areas increased this election, up from around 54% to almost 65% and Sinn Féin saw its first preference vote up 3.9% on last year's election. The DUP meanwhile saw their share of first preferences drop by 1.1%.
Colin McGrath of the SDLP seemed to concur on the issue at the heart of the election, saying: "I don't think this was an election where it was us versus Sinn Féin.
"I think this was an election against the arrogance of the DUP and I think that people exercised their mandates on that basis."
He added: "There is a greatly reduced DUP returning and I think they'll have some soul-searching to do."
John O’Dowd has told UTV Sinn Féin will not nominate if the Arlene Foster is put forward as First Minister ahead of the RHI investigation.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she is looking to work with other parties to restore the NI Executive “in a way in which it will endure”.
Secretary of State James Brokenshire has warned that there is only a limited window in which to restore the NI Assembly and the Executive.