Dirty tricks against Deeny…

THE Deeny saga continues. After an SDLP councillor backed the independent Assembly member yesterday for the West Tyrone seat, today an email from Dr Deeny emerges in which he held out the prospect of joining the party in the future – which he now appears to have ruled out.

The Carrickmore GP denied it represented an offer to join, saying:

“I would be inclined towards any party which is cross-community and social democrat in its principles. Unfortunately the SDLP is not that under this leader and I have to say there would be no prospect of me considering joining while Mark Durkan is there acting in such a dictatorial fashion towards his constituency associations.”

In the last European election Kieran Deeny backed independent candidate, John Gilliland, who stood against the SDLP.

With his opponents in turmoil and if things remain as they are, Pat Doherty seems certain to retain the seat for Sinn Fein.

  • peter

    Dr Deeny had hoped to to be the anti SF candidate in this election but politics here does not work like that. There is no cross community in West Tyrone.

    Its all very well campaigning for a hospital but he has achieved zilch since he was elected to the assembly.

    It speaks volumes of the dire straight of the SDLP. Some of their own members will not be supporting their parliamentary candidate. Rather vote for an arrogant GP who in all likelihood will just lift another massive salary and go laughing to the bank.

    Politics does not operate like that. Voters do not belong to a political party to be given to who ever they want at a whim.

  • franc

    The question is

    Did Eddie Mc Grady leak the e mail

  • confused

    Did Eddie not accuse people of being cowards for doing the same thing against him???

    Is this an SDLP smear campaign against Deeny

  • where’s my doctor

    Maybe someone should ask the good Doctor whether getting elected to Westminster would stop him still raking in a few quid as a part-time doctor as it seems getting £40 grand a year as a part-time Assembly Member just isnt enough for him.

    How either his patients or contituents get a good deal out of that is just beyond me!

  • franc

    You could ask Alistair Mc Donnell,that good doctor has been raking it in for years

  • Gonzo

    Update: Eugene McMenamin has been selected to stand for the SDLP in West Tyrone.

  • Chris Gaskin

    “Eugene McMenamin has been selected to stand for the SDLP in West Tyrone.”

    I herby declare Pat Doherty duly elected for the constituency of West Tyrone

  • spongebob

    Eugene obviously chose heads instead of tails

  • JC47

    It’s good to see that the SDLP can’t be blackmailed into standing aside for a single issue candidate.

  • confused

    I thought the SDLP were a democratic party,the West Tyrone SDLP members voted to support Deeny ,but Kaiser Durcan overruled them.

  • Gum

    A new SF safe seat? A single unionist would not have a enough support and the SDLP wont be able to field anyone in the forseeable future to take it from SF, unless they get Peter Canavan to switch allegiance!

  • kitty

    “Maybe someone should ask the good Doctor whether getting elected to Westminster would stop him still raking in a few quid as a part-time doctor as it seems getting £40 grand a year as a part-time Assembly Member just isnt enough for him.

    How either his patients or contituents get a good deal out of that is just beyond me!”

    Deeny is the head doctor( doctor in charge?) of the surgery in Carrickmore. I am not sure if that means a bigger salary- but one thing I do know- he has lost all credibility. Here was a egomaniac, using the hospital issues, using the voters, both unionist and nationalist, telling them he was non party affiliated- all the while emailing Durkan telling him he would join the SDLP when/if he won the Westminster seat. Oh dear, looks like Kieran wasn’t as smart as he thought.

  • kitty

    “If I simply am seen as a protest vote, I will get nowhere,” said Deeny.

    That’s the least of his worries now.

  • Henry94

    confused

    Kaiser Durcan overruled them.

    He was right. It’s about more than a single seat. It’s about being a serious party or a joke.

    They won’t win the seat but the SDLP will beat Deeny and then the next time he’ll have to be the one to stand aside.

  • franc

    Irrespective as to whether Deeny stands aside in the ‘next’ election or not,the SDLP are still unelectable within the constituency.

    A serious party which is Post Nationalist and then at election time becomes a party that believes in Irish unity is at best confusing.

    McDonnell/McGrady wing which believes in accepting the present ‘status quo’ within the British system and those who still believe in Irish unity.

    Where Durkan stands on this crucial issue is still questionable.

    The problem the SDLP have is that they have many within their ranks who see £££££ rather than a real commitment to the voters.

  • Henry94

    I don’t argue with any of that. The SDLP has a lot to do and may well be finished anyway but standing aside for Deeny would still be a massive blunder.

  • kevin

    Part time politition raking it in Well whose fault is that . Is the good Dr going to go and sit in an empty Storment building talking to himself . As far as the Dr bit is concerned have you never heard of a locum . When Kieran employes a locum to allow him to persue his political career the payment comes out of his own pocket .
    empty party retroic and all that goes with it is no longer exceptable . Are the four main political jokes so afraid of an indapendent and the revalution it might brng to what laughingly passes for politices (a blame game ) that they have to destroy his credability Its a pity you did not attend his meeting in the Silverbirch hotel last night or perhaps you did . We have support from all the party voters who hopefully have not seen need for a change Too many people have been corrupted by the politices of power and are moving so far away from the grassroots that perhaps the time is ripe for change