Time for Sinn Fein to spend political capital…

Tom Kelly thinks the SDLP is in danger of taking imprudent risks with its renewed mandate from the Westminster and local elections. Rather, he argues, the party should resist the temptation to get drawn back into a pan-nationalist alliance, in which its main partner previously flourished and it nearly perished. Rather, it is time to let Sinn Fein to do the heavy lifting required to seal a new democratic deal.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty