SDLP may disband if Fianna Fail organises in Northern Ireland

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"SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has refused to rule out "a realignment in Irish politics" that would see his party standing aside and Fianna Fail organising in Northern Ireland.

Senior SDLP sources told the Belfast Telegraph that around 80% of the party supported it "leaving the stage" to make way for Fianna Fail.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/sdlp-may-disband-if-fianna-fail-organises-in-northern-ireland-36772364.html


I am shocked at how quickly this has come about. I wonder if they will have a northern command?
 


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McSlag, are you doing a politics degree?
 

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"SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has refused to rule out "a realignment in Irish politics" that would see his party standing aside and Fianna Fail organising in Northern Ireland.

Senior SDLP sources told the Belfast Telegraph that around 80% of the party supported it "leaving the stage" to make way for Fianna Fail.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/sdlp-may-disband-if-fianna-fail-organises-in-northern-ireland-36772364.html


I am shocked at how quickly this has come about. I wonder if they will have a northern command?
Well that tells confirms all my previously held concerns about where the Sdlp were in the political spectrum.
 

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I'd say a lot of Nationalists in the North vote SF because they have nowhere else to go

- the SDLP is now too small and uninfluential to make any sort of a difference

Being part of a Nation-wide Party would offer a real alterative to SF

It would also give FF a chance to polish up its rather faded nationalist credentials....

Yep definitely could be a game changer

But time will tell.....
 

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Well that tells confirms all my previously held concerns about where the Sdlp were in the political spectrum.
I do not think FF and the sdlp are a natural fit....they do make a political fit. The sdlp will split if this did take place.
 

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It would also give FF a chance to polish up its rather faded nationalist credentials....
And it would give that "patriot" Micheal Martin a chance to crow about FFers taking an oath of loyalty to an English queen. :)
 

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"SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has refused to rule out "a realignment in Irish politics" that would see his party standing aside and Fianna Fail organising in Northern Ireland.

Senior SDLP sources told the Belfast Telegraph that around 80% of the party supported it "leaving the stage" to make way for Fianna Fail.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/sdlp-may-disband-if-fianna-fail-organises-in-northern-ireland-36772364.html


I am shocked at how quickly this has come about. I wonder if they will have a northern command?
92 years after it was established, Fianna Fail are a partitionist political party, and a partitionist political party these republican't charlatans will remain.


Don't believe a word FF say.
 

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Will the SDLP also demand unionists share power with SF but refuse to do so themselves a few yards below the border?
 

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I'll believe it when I see it. I've been listening to tales of FF's Northwards march for over a decade now. There has always been some excuse: 'We don't want to undermine the SDLP', 'We have to concentrate on rebuilding the party in the Republic' and so on. A more likely explanation is that their soundings indicate no real support for them.
 

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That would make the north the only jurisdiction in the world other than North Korea where there is no partner party for the Socialist International.

Is it any wonder Trump wants to visit there!
 

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I'll believe it when I see it. I've been listening to tales of FF's Northwards march for over a decade now. There has always been some excuse: 'We don't want to undermine the SDLP', 'We have to concentrate on rebuilding the party in the Republic' and so on. A more likely explanation is that their soundings indicate no real support for them.
Given they've spent the entirety of Micheal Martin's tenure insulting northern nationalists, what do you think?
 

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Given they've spent the entirety of Micheal Martin's tenure insulting northern nationalists, what do you think?
I think the phrase 'Where have you been all my life?' might come in to play as well.
 

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It would be nice to think that FF's electoral support might reach SDLP levels.
 

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I think the phrase 'Where have you been all my life?' might come in to play as well.
The phrase "Who do you think you are, rocking up after all the heavy lifting is done?" would be more likely in my opinion.
 

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FF did promise to have candidates by 2019 many yrs ago and have pretty much done f**k all preparation, tick tock. You would have thought it would be easy enough to get some ex SF/SDLP/INDEPENDENTS or even some disgruntled current candidates to switch and see how they perform and then analyse some of the transfer patterns to prepare for future elections, its not exactly difficult or a lot of work. If a UI does suddenly happen over brexit FF and FG will have a rather large part of the country with zero representation
 

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FF did promise to have candidates by 2019 many yrs ago and have pretty much done f**k all preparation, tick tock. You would have thought it would be easy enough to get some ex SF/SDLP/INDEPENDENTS or even some disgruntled current candidates to switch and see how they perform and then analyse some of the transfer patterns to prepare for future elections, its not exactly difficult or a lot of work. If a UI does suddenly happen over brexit FF and FG will have a rather large part of the country with zero representation
Well, FF will have the SDLP and FG will have SF. ;)
 

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What could have spurred FF to make such an aspiration? Is there some new brown envelope factory opening in NI?
 


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