Although Sinn Féin has made clear it will not drop its abstentionist policy regardless of the final shake down in parliament, the DUP has indicated its willingness to talk with the Conservatives if they require support to form a government.
Alasdair McDonnell lost his seat in South Belfast.
Arguably, Sinn Fein's biggest victory came when Elisha Mc Callion took Foyle at the expense of the SDLP's Mark Durkan.
The SDLP and UUP lost all their seats, with Michelle Gildernew toppling the UUP's Tom Elliot in Fermanagh South Tyrone.
Before that, she took on top jobs in the Northern Ireland parliament as minister for the Environment, Business, and just a year ago, Finance minister. "Even if the Tories get a small majority or there is a hung parliament, the DUP MPs this time around will have a big say in terms of national government", he said.
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Puerto Ricans would also become eligible for the full welfare benefits now available to USA citizens living in the 50 states. The question at the heart of the non-binding referendum has been asked of Puerto Rican voters before - four times, in fact.
History shows that "alliances between Ulster unionism and British unionism have always ended in tears", Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams has warned, after it emerged the Democratic Unionist Party will support the Conservatives.
Mr Adams also said he could not see Prime Minister Theresa May surviving in her post.
The SDLP was in danger of losing all its seats at Westminster, including Margaret Ritchie in South Down, where Sinn Féin's Chris Hazard has mounted a very serious challenge.
He credited Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with fighting a good campaign despite "media bias".