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Mark Durkan (SDLP) to stand for Fine Gael in Dublin.


petaljam

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So many places this thread could go. :shock:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/mark-durkan-to-run-for-fine-gael-in-european-elections-1.3813783
So much for the SDLP-FF merger.

The Irish Independent seems unhappy about it, going by how they titled their article:
- Fine Gael European Elections candidate Mark Durkan unable to name four streets in Dublin - Independent.ie

Anyone got any ideas about what's really going on here? A stab in the back for Fianna Fail? An attempt by Durkan to raise his personal profile south of the border? Or to increase FG's credibility about no longer being the evil signatories of the treaty and portray them as the one-nation party?
 


Erudite Caveman

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Interesting isn't it - all kinds of everything even.

Following Austin Currie and John Cushnahan from SDLP to FG.

With Brexit, it is an interesting play by FG putting a northerner in Brussels.

And it is a fair auld snub to the FFers. The SDLP wishing him well will have MM choking on his Chinese take-away.
 

petaljam

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Indeed. Though TBF I don't know if Durkan will be wanting to emulate Austin Currie - I don't think that went too well did it?
But it has to be a kick in the teeth for FF at the very least.

And yes, Brexit adds a whole other angle to the idea of a northern nationalist representing (well, possibly representing) a RoI constituency in Europe.
 

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The charisma free Durkan jumping ship from his beloved UK to an EU country.
 

james toney

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Are we watching the slow death of the SDLP? Policies...what Policies.
 

michael-mcivor

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Durkan says he is just suspending his SDLP membership to fight against his own SDLP Fianna Fáil Party - those two gipe party’s will let him off the hook instead of kicking him out of their party-it’s the politics of the insane- and it’s happening in front of our eyes-
 

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Can’t see Dubliner’s electing him. FG & FF both way to late for their outreach. Is Unification arriving faster than we can perceive.
 

GabhaDubh

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Will Mr Durkin’s candidacy be sold as a representative for the Anti-Brexiteers in NI.
 

michael-mcivor

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Will Mr Durkin’s candidacy be sold as a representative for the Anti-Brexiteers in NI.
He swore allegiance to the English Crown and became its Subject- you don’t get more Brexit than that-

Fine Gael is welcome to that Subject like Fianna Fáil are welcome to the other SDLP subject’s-
 

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So many places this thread could go. :shock:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/mark-durkan-to-run-for-fine-gael-in-european-elections-1.3813783
So much for the SDLP-FF merger.

The Irish Independent seems unhappy about it, going by how they titled their article:
- Fine Gael European Elections candidate Mark Durkan unable to name four streets in Dublin - Independent.ie

Anyone got any ideas about what's really going on here? A stab in the back for Fianna Fail? An attempt by Durkan to raise his personal profile south of the border? Or to increase FG's credibility about no longer being the evil signatories of the treaty and portray them as the one-nation party?
Interesting development, but not as interesting as the passive/aggressive silencing of the biggest story of the day in some quarters. I don't read the Indo, frankly, but I am hardly surprised that they tried the "name three or four streets" bulloney. What is far more interesting is that the Irish Times, having run the story well down its digital edition, made it disappear by late afternoon. I could not find it after six pm, on numerous occasions, in any headline from top to bottom of its mobile edition. Even more interesting was the headline in its new stable mate - the Examiner - which announced that Frances Fitzgerald was to be selected as FG candidate for Dublin MEP, with Mark Durkan mentioned in the small print as a running mate. The Journal wasn't must better that the Indo. RTE have reported well and impartially on this. On the positive silences, I note not a single murmur of sour grapes from either SF or FF, to their credit.

What is clear is that there are senior people in some newspapers who do not appear to be well disposed either to our fellow citizens in the North, or to the increasing redevelopment of a republican-nationalist wing in Fine Gael. There are also a few columnists whose writings stand out, like a sore thumb in contrast to our 26 gallant allies in Europe, as little more than a porte-parole for the pro-unionist camp (and it is only a camp and anybody's guess if it is a committed majority) in Britain, as they peddle variants of the line that it may make sense for the Government of our country to give way on the backstop.

After last week's events, there is a strong case for those of us who care about our country to pile on board the Sunday Business Post as our organ of choice, and perhaps to create a second weekly with a left of centre economic counterbalance to it, but sound about the national interest.

Food for thought.
 

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He swore allegiance to the English Crown and became its Subject- you don’t get more Brexit than that-

Fine Gael is welcome to that Subject like Fianna Fáil are welcome to the other SDLP subject’s-
What is your opinion on "John Hume"?
 

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What is your opinion on "John Hume"?
He swore allegiance to the anti-Catholic English Crown for over 30 years to become a Subject -he saw Sinn Fein take over the lead from his party when he was SDLP leader- I don’t think much of political failures- but maybe you do-
 

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First Drew Harris then Mark Durkan. FG seem to be very keen on putting unionists into power. Wonder what all that is about???
 

Éire Abú

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Totally agree RO. Don't forget that Fine Gael also proposed the election of Ian Marshall to Seanad Éireann.
 

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I wonder what they're at getting leading unionists cushy numbers in the south. What's the game here? Is getting posher unionists on-side beneficial in some no-obvious way?
 

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So many places this thread could go. :shock:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/mark-durkan-to-run-for-fine-gael-in-european-elections-1.3813783
So much for the SDLP-FF merger.

The Irish Independent seems unhappy about it, going by how they titled their article:
- Fine Gael European Elections candidate Mark Durkan unable to name four streets in Dublin - Independent.ie

Anyone got any ideas about what's really going on here? A stab in the back for Fianna Fail? An attempt by Durkan to raise his personal profile south of the border? Or to increase FG's credibility about no longer being the evil signatories of the treaty and portray them as the one-nation party?
As someone put it on twitter the North's gain is the South's loss.
 

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Hey, if he can split some votes off Franny Fitz all the better.

Shame though, I do agree with him on a lot but I just cannot vote for either FG, under any circumstances and for a man who doesn't know or have any real links to Dublin. Not a bad skin all in all though, but poor judgement on his behalf.
 

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