SDLP continue anti-Healy campaign

The SDLP seem to have a big problem with honouring Northern Ireland’s top goal scorer David Healy. On the local council they successfully opposed renaming the football pitches of David Healy’s hometown, Killyleagh, in his honour. This campaign against the naming honour was spear-headed by Cllr Margaret Ritchie MLA. After this snub the people of Killyleagh instead had a mural painted in honour of Healy and two other local footballers. As an added bonus, the new mural painted over a loyalist paramilitary mural. Cause you would have thought for some contentment. Cllr Margaret Ritchie MLA doesn’t think so. She attacked the organisers for acting “in a sectarian way” for not inviting her while inviting the local DUP MP and local UUP and DUP councillors. She seemed unaware that two SDLP councillors and a prominent SDLP member had been invited too, none chose to attend.

  • Keith M

    While football’s World Cup has it’s final today it seems that N.I. nationalists are making a world class effort in the Mopery World Cup. With a captain like Ritchie they can certainly get to the knock-out phase!

  • Didn’t I read somewhere once that Sinn Fein’s Ms Ruane was in favour of this move, or at least some other tribute to Sir David?

  • victor

    Good to see northern ireland football flags flying with uvf & orange order flags around the province.

    Its Our Team.

  • “Good to see northern ireland football flags flying with uvf & orange order flags around the province. “

    There’s bound to be a few bandwagon jumpers around the place following recent performances, what exactly would you like the IFA or even the majority of Northern Ireland fans to do about that?

  • pacman

    ” it seems that N.I. nationalists are making a world class effort in the Mopery World Cup ”

    The SDLP are unionist-lite, not Nationalists. Most Nationalists are wholly uninterested in Northern Ireland football.

  • headmelter

    Pray tell me what extra ordinary feat did David Healy perform to be revered and honoured for?
    And why is there such a fuss?

  • Millie

    He scored a winning goal against a team that went on to qualify for the World Cup.

  • Mike

    Pathetic reaction from both from Margaret Ritchie and from certain posters above. In the latter case all too predictable – the same old petty bitterness that comes up each and every time the Nortehrn Ireland football team is mentioned on Slugger.

  • Mike

    beano –

    Yes, Ms Ruane supported the idea of naming the council pitches when Cllr Ritchie opposed the idea.

  • headmelter

    He scored a winning goal against a team that went on to qualify for the World Cup.

    So every time a player from norniron scores a goal against a team that qualifies for the world cup there will be a mural painted and playing fields in their locality named after them.

    Just as well Sammy McIlroy isn’t the manager anymore:)

  • fair_deal

    headmelter

    David Healy holds the record as Northern irelands highest goalscorer.

  • stan

    I can understand if its George Best

    But Healy can’t even get a regular place in the Leeds Utd side.

    Maybe the Glens will sign him

  • Mike

    David Healy, a lad from the village of Killyleagh has gone on to become Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer and last year scored the winning goal against England in what was the first NI home victory against England since 1927 and indeed only the ninth win over England in a history stretching back to 1882. Locals in Killyleagh decide to pay tribute to him.

    Suprrise, surprise, the likes of ‘stan’, ‘headmelter’ and ‘millie’ try to run this down.

    Depressingly predictable.

  • Millie

    Hey I’m an England fan I just find the whole thing highly amusing…

  • Headmelter.

    He is the country’s leading scorer,
    he is from the Killyleagh where the mural/playing fields are (the mural features Healy and 2 former NI players from the area, celebrating the Killyleagh’s contribution to NI football),
    He ended a stupendously long goal-drought
    and of course, he scored that goal.

    And thanks Mike, I knew I’d heard that before.

  • Brian Boru

    Perhaps this is a recognition that probably 99.9% of the NI team’s supports are Protestants and that is their right but in that context, perhaps going ahead with this naming would run counter to cross-community sensitivities?

  • headmelter

    “David Healy, a lad from the village of Killyleagh has gone on to become Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer and last year scored the winning goal against England in what was the first NI home victory against England since 1927 and indeed only the ninth win over England in a history stretching back to 1882.”

    how many did the previous record stand at and who held it? was it such a great achievement he deserves this degree of adoration?

    Unfortunatley the poor record against england is sad but the oppressor always likes to let the serf know who is boss.

  • harpo

    ‘perhaps going ahead with this naming would run counter to cross-community sensitivities?’

    Brian:

    How could such a naming run counter to cross-community sensitivities?

    I for one couldn’t have told you what religion (if any) David Healy follows but of course in good old NI, everyone has to be attributed to one tribe or the other. If he is nominally Protestant, some will attach him to that tribe and act towards him acordingly.

    I’d have said that his nominal religion wasn’t the issue here. I think it’s refreshing for people for once to name something after someone who did something positive, or at least non-negative. he may be a minor celebrity but he’s about as big as Killyleagh is going to produce, so what is wrong with naming a few football pitches after him.

    For once something in NI isn’t getting named after some half-assed politician or worse, some dead terrorist.

    Yet the begrudgers are out in force. It isn’t as if an airport is being named after him. What’s the harm in a few football pitches being named after a local lad who does relatively well in the world of football?

    And why did that SDLP clown object to a few football pitches being named after him? I’d say she is the sectarian one, if she thinks that naming something after a local Prod isn’t a good thing. She;s the sort of idiot who thinks there has to be balance in everything, and considers everything in us-and-them terms. Can’t she just be glad there is a local minor celebrity, and not worry about which tribe he is nominally from?

  • harpo

    ‘was it such a great achievement he deserves this degree of adoration?’

    headmelter:

    Adoration?

    They want to name a few football pitches after him. No money is being spent. How do you see this as some high degree of adoration?

    Local sports facilities across the world are named after local sports heroes, no matter how insignificant they may seem in the big picture.

    The fuss here is the reaction of the SDLP begrudger who couldn’t stand to see something ebing named after a local Prod. That’s the only issue – her sectarianism.

  • Kenny

    Pacman

    You are right – I’m a nationalist and I don’t care about the NI team. As a youngster, I went to see NI in 1980 and all I could hear was anti-Catholic sectarian chanting. A few years later I made the mistake of believing the IFA “propaganda” that Windsor Park was no longer a cold house for Catholics (although Linfield were still not signing any Catholics). So I went along and NOTHING had changed.

    When the IFA appoint a Catholic as captain – what happens? – His life is threatened.

    Living in England now, I occasionally look at the pathetic “our wee country” website – it does give my English colleagues and I a good laugh. However, it also reveals the incredible depth of bigotry of the NI supporters. The article about the murder of young Michael McIlveen says it all – basically it said that, while they “condemned” the murder, it was all really young Michael’s fault for wearing a Celtic Shirt – support building rhetoric at it’s finest eh?.

    This crap about Margaret Ritchie and sectarianism is laughable – NI is NOT and has NEVER been a cross-community team. It is a Linfield + Rangers + Unionist social club where Catholic players are just tolerated (unless they play for Celtic) and Catholic fans aren’t wanted.

    The IFA and their team is a laughing stock. Look at the “never on a Sunday” debacle – hopefully FIFA will throw NI out for non-compliance (mind you – who’ll miss NI?).

    When you look at all the empty seats at the matches (and remember that a lot of the occupied seats are complimentary tickets) you can see why the IFA is broke. Then you get the NI (Protestant/Unionist) Supporters Club telling the British Govt that they won’t be blackmailed into accepting a brand new cross-community stadium at the Maze. No problem! – as the govt have said – they’ll provide the funding for the maze but, if NI want to play at Windsor, the IFA can provide the funding to bring it up to the required standard.

    Can you spot the flaw in the plan?

    Most Nationalists who like football support the RoI – a true cross-community team who bring tens of thousands of fans all over the world, never cause trouble and are welcome everywhere (except in NI but who cares about that). The football is pretty good too – (as we don’t get our players from places like Shrewsbury and Wrexham).

    Frankly, I hope the community in Killyleagh enjoy their mural to David Healy – who’s apparently the record goal scorer for NI. Who does he play for? – Chelsea, Arsenal – no – Leeds Utd (sorry! Leeds United reserves) – I think that says it all about the quality of the NI team. Their pathetic supporters are welcome to them.

  • piebald

    Petty, small minded and embarassing stuff from Cllr Ritchie.

    Fair play to Killyleagh for recognising one of their own .

    David Healy is a great sportsman who displays a penchant for scoring spectacular goals.

    piebald

  • jum

    David Healy is a great sportsman who displays a penchant for scoring spectacular goals

    He won’t score many from the Leeds bench

  • darth rumsfeld

    “- NI is NOT and has NEVER been a cross-community team.”

    sitting behind me in the South Stand is a block booking ticket holder, who is… a Garda sergeant from Dublin!!!

  • smcgiff

    Sounds mad to me. Have the SDLP anything better to do?

  • fair_deal

    jum/Kenny etc

    David Healy was Leeds Utd joint top goal scorer last season so he seems to have got plenty of 1st team football and off the bench.

  • sma

    Hate to spoil a good story, but the mural in question was not painted over an existing sectarian one – the wall was bare and has been for years…

  • fair_deal

    sma

    From the article
    “As part of the mural, Healy’s smiling face – celebrating his winning World Cup goal against England – has replaced unwanted paramilitary murals that sprung up at the height of unrest over the Drumcree dispute in the late 1990s.”

  • KHL

    SDLP

    Some
    Don’t
    Like
    Protestants

    Never did…never will.
    Brits Out isn’t just the mindset of SF/IRA

  • curt

    sma is right

    There was never a mural there before the Healy mural.

    Someone has got it wrong.

  • I thought the IFA is a cross-community organisation. If so, how can opposing something associated with it be ‘sectarian’?

    It is ridiculous the comments on this site which claim that SDLP attempts to avoid jumping onto the bandwagon of worshipping someone who scored one goal in a match for a competition for which NI didn’t even qualify are somehow ‘sectarian’ or ‘anti-Protestant’.

    Northern Ireland are a ninth-rate team- it just shows how inadequate they are that their supporters are still celebrating a single goal in a qualifier and a ‘top-scorer’ for a team with a hilariously woeful scoring record. They don’t deserve congratulations or honouring- they deserve to be laughed-at. David Healy may stand head-and-shoulders above his team-mates, but maybe that just shows how rubbish the team is.

    Margaret Ritchie didn’t oppose the renaming for ‘sectarian’ reasons (after all, I thought the IFA is cross-community, ha-ha)- she did it because it is ridiculous to jump to celebrate every single person who gets a very slight modicum of success.

    If people want to celebrate George Best, then fine- at least people around the world knew who he was.

    I won a fiver on a scratchcard last week- will a mural be painted depicting my success, or the newsagents where I bought the ticket be renamed in my honour? If these things do not happen, it is clearly just because unionist politicians being anti-fenian…

    Face facts- no amount of clutching at straws or accusing the SDLP of being sectarian will improve the NI team’s success. The personal attacks on Margaret Ritchie just because she doesn’t support this ridiculous hero-worship of a player whom most people have never heard of shows how nasty NI supporters can become when nationalists don’t share their support for a rubbish team.

    Personally I’m sick listening about NI winning against the English- I couldn’t care less about it, I have no desire to support the NI team, and the sooner it is consigned to the history books the better. As far as I’m concerned, Margaret Ritchie is 100% right. My view is not based on ‘sectarianism’ but on the simple fact that NI are sh**e.

  • stan

    I see that plenty of n.i flags have been put up alongside loyalist paramilitary flags over the last couple of weeks to celebrate the 12th of July.

    Perhaps the ‘football for all’ campaign has been put on hold during the loyalist marching season.

    Or perhaps ‘football for all’ means uda & uvf.

  • Mainlander

    “They don’t deserve congratulations or honouring- they deserve to be laughed-at. ”

    El Mat,
    What a very grown-up comment.
    If you’re not even capable of understanding or reaching out to those who just happen to support a different team to yourself, then I suspect that you’ll realllly struggle with those with a different political belief.

    It would also appear from the length of your post that, despite your protestations to the contrary, you, like many other sad individuals on this thread, are obsessed for political reasons with the NI team.
    If you don’t like them, don’t watch them.
    If you don’t like NI fans, then just ignore them.
    If you see someone wearing a NI shirt just clench your little fists and close your eyes, when you open them the nasty man will be gone.
    How’s about that as a solution for your little problem obsession?

    With regards this further nonsensical comment:

    “The personal attacks on Margaret Ritchie just because she doesn’t support this ridiculous hero-worship of a player”

    Check out what was actually said in the post.

    Actually no,I’ll save you the time, here it is:

    “She attacked the organisers for acting “in a sectarian way” for not inviting her while inviting the local DUP MP and local UUP and DUP councillors. She seemed unaware that two SDLP councillors and a prominent SDLP member had been invited too, none chose to attend.@

    It would appear that Ms Ritchie was not, as you alleged, making a comment on David Healy’s playing ability or the GAWA’s worship thereof, was she?
    And just as a matter of interest, I wonder why did the other three SDLP luminaries not attend?

    So, finally, just an extra little bit of advice, if you’re going to comment on a post (and especially if it’s about one of your own party members), at least take the time out to read what has been said.
    Otherwise you’re made to look rather stupid.

    FAO Begrudgers/Bigots who’ve commented on here,
    Love y’all, keep it up, it’s nice to know we matter so much to you….

  • Kenny

    Fair Deal

    I didn’t know that – I have nothing against David Healey personally.

    I’m sure that there are fair minded NI supporters (such as yourself) who support the team regardless of religion. However, I re-iterate my opinion that it is impossible for any Catholic with a sense of dignity to have anything to do with the NI team. Why should we pay good money to listen to anti-Catholic filth? – The Sash, The Billy Boys, FTP etc – it is, laughably, supposed to be a “cross-community” team.

    As I mentioned – read the article about Michael McIlveen on “our wee country” – it tells you a lot about the attitude to Catholics. Let’s not pretend it’s a small minority – this website is the de-facto official NI supporters forum.

    I accept the IFA is now (belatedly and under new management) trying to change this. Let’s face it, the previous regime was quite prepared to tolerate this behaviour for decades – the blatently sectarian practices of Linfield FC were effectively endorsed by the IFA giving them money.

    The previous manager (the useless Sammy McIlroy) wasn’t even prepared to speak out against the torrent of sectarian filth that was directed against one of his best players – Neil Lennon.

    Even now, almost 100% of NI supporters clubs are in staunch loyalist areas and most of the supporters are Linfield, Rangers “fans” who indulge in chanting/singing the songs listed above. That’s really going to encourage Catholics to get involved!

    That’s why I’m in favour of the Maze. To Catholics, Windsor park will always been seen as a symbol of sectarian bigotry by both Linfield and the IFA of old.

    That’s the reason that the old style “true blue” NI so-called fans don’t want the Maze – it’s not the location – they want to stay at their historical bastion of sectarianism.

    If the IFA are serious about attracting cross-community support, that’s why the first thing they should do is move to the Maze and “start afresh”.

    The other thing that they could do is to to use “Danny Boy” or something more neutral as the anthem. Whether or not Unionists like it – the GB anthem alienates the majority of Catholics. After all, the Ireland rugby team changed from the RoI anthem in respect to the Protestant players/fans -why can’t the IFA reciprocate? – the percentage of Catholics soccer fans/players in NI is much greater than that of Protestant rugby fans/players in the RoI.

    I’m afraid that it’ll take a few years for a lot of Catholics to want anything to do with the average member of the NI Supporters club.

    It’s much too late for me but I honestly hope that, in the future, there will be a team that the whole community can support.

    I don’t know the full story behind the SDLP/Killyleagh mural story. However, it is laughable when you get people saying that Catholics have no reason to dislike to NI team.
    I wouldn’t expect you (or any Protestant) to stand and listen to anti-Protestant filth – so why should Catholics be any different?

    If the IFA continue to make genuine efforts then, in a few years, they can justifiably claim that Catholics have no logical reason to dislaike the NI team.

    However, Catholic people of my generation (who suffered this blatent sectarianism) need no further justification to dislike the NI team.

  • Occasional Commentator

    KHL said


    SDLP

    Some
    Don’t
    Like
    Protestants

    Never did…never will.
    Brits Out isn’t just the mindset of SF/IRA

    KHL, what has disliking Protestants got to do with wanting Brits Out? What about when Protestant Republicans want the British Army (including their Roman Catholic soldiers) out of Ireland?

    I’m sure their are some nationalists and republicans who’ll support any Irish team, no matter which side of the border they’re on. Disliking the NI soccer team because they’re from NI makes as much sense as an Armagh person supporting Donegal at the weekend in the GAA because Armagh are from NI!

  • Mike

    Kenny –

    —————————
    Why should we pay good money to listen to anti-Catholic filth? – The Sash, The Billy Boys, FTP etc – it is, laughably, supposed to be a “cross-community” team.
    ————————–

    Thank you. Thank you very much for demonstrating that the usual begrudgers and detractos have to resort to downright bare-faced lies.

    None if this crap is to be heard at NI matches and you’ve just deomstrated in no uncertain terms your own prejudice and the bankruptcy of your ‘argument’.

  • davey

    n.i fans would rather show their loyalty by putting up n.i ifa flags with uvf & uff flags.

  • Referee

    Good post mainlander, lets put a mural up of ye.

    Mainlander 1 El Matador 0

  • Mike

    Kenny –

    “You are right – I’m a nationalist and I don’t care about the NI team.”

    What a laughably untrue statement. You quite obviously feel the need to pour out your bile, and have to tell lies to ‘prove’ your point.

    “As a youngster, I went to see NI in 1980 and all I could hear was anti-Catholic sectarian chanting. A few years later I made the mistake of believing the IFA “propaganda” that Windsor Park was no longer a cold house for Catholics (although Linfield were still not signing any Catholics). So I went along and NOTHING had changed.”

    When was this? What is “a few years later”? The Football for All campaign dates only from recent years. The atmosphere has been massively changed – sectarian singing has been eradicated and there’s now a fun carnival atmosphere. I quote UEFA deputy chief executive Marcus Struder in October 2004:
    ——————————-
    UEFA’s deputy chief executive Marcus Struder stating: “The work the Irish Football Association, Northern Ireland Sports Council, Northern Ireland Community Relations Council and the Northern Ireland Football Supporters have carried out through the Football For All campaign is a first class example of how football can be used to promote positive community relations.”
    —————————–

    “When the IFA appoint a Catholic as captain – what happens? – His life is threatened.”

    One idiotic scumbag in a phone box threatended Neil Lennon because he played for Celtic. We’ve had other Catholic captains – if you think the NI support gives a toss about the religion of the captain then you’re living in your own little MOPE fantasy world.

    “The article about the murder of young Michael McIlveen says it all – basically it said that, while they “condemned” the murder, it was all really young Michael’s fault for wearing a Celtic Shirt – support building rhetoric at it’s finest eh?. ”

    And where might I find this “article”, pray tell?

    “This crap about Margaret Ritchie and sectarianism is laughable – NI is NOT and has NEVER been a cross-community team. It is a Linfield + Rangers + Unionist social club where Catholic players are just tolerated (unless they play for Celtic) and Catholic fans aren’t wanted.”

    Strange then that I don’t support Linfield or Rangers. Strange then that my NI supporters club has members from across the ‘sectarian divide’. Strange then that NI has always been a cross-community team with players from across the ‘sectarian divide’, and players (and indeed managers, coaches) from across the ‘sectarian divide’ have been not just tolerated but hero-worshipped by NI fans.

    “When you look at all the empty seats at the matches (and remember that a lot of the occupied seats are complimentary tickets) you can see why the IFA is broke.”

    Here we see clearly deomstrated that you haven’t the fainest idea what you are talking about. ‘All the empty seats’? The matches at in the last qualifying campaign were sold out, as have the bock booking for the forthcoming campaign. Thank you for demonstrating that you are just making things up and don’t actually have a clue what you’re talking about when it comes to NI matches or the NI support.

    “Then you get the NI (Protestant/Unionist) Supporters Club”

    What is this irganisation. I know of many NI supports clubs. I know of no “NI (Protestant/Unionist) Supporters Club.

    Most Nationalists who like football support the RoI – a true cross-community team who bring tens of thousands of fans all over the world, never cause trouble and are welcome everywhere (except in NI but who cares about that). The football is pretty good too – (as we don’t get our players from places like Shrewsbury and Wrexham).

    “Frankly, I hope the community in Killyleagh enjoy their mural to David Healy – who’s apparently the record goal scorer for NI. Who does he play for? – Chelsea, Arsenal – no – Leeds Utd (sorry! Leeds United reserves) – I think that says it all about the quality of the NI team. Their pathetic supporters are welcome to them. ”

    The fact that you need to sneer at the fact people from the village of Killyleagh have decided to honour a lad from the village who has gone on to become not only an international footballer but his country’s top scorer, says it all about your bitter prejudice.

  • Mike

    El Matador –

    “I thought the IFA is a cross-community organisation. If so, how can opposing something associated with it be ‘sectarian’?

    It is ridiculous the comments on this site which claim that SDLP attempts to avoid jumping onto the bandwagon of worshipping someone who scored one goal in a match for a competition for which NI didn’t even qualify are somehow ‘sectarian’ or ‘anti-Protestant’….

    The personal attacks on Margaret Ritchie just because she doesn’t support this ridiculous hero-worship of a player whom most people have never heard of shows how nasty NI supporters can become when nationalists don’t share their support for a rubbish team….

    Margaret Ritchie didn’t oppose the renaming for ‘sectarian’ reasons (after all, I thought the IFA is cross-community, ha-ha)- she did it because it is ridiculous to jump to celebrate every single person who gets a very slight modicum of success. ”

    Sorry to be so blunt but that’s just garbage. Firstly, you’ve just invented ‘reasons’ for Ritchie opposing naming pitches atfer Healy. Secondly, the NI team IS cross-community – it was Ritchie who decided to attempted to apply a sectarian label to it – she opposed the renmaning of the pitches by claiming it would compromise their ‘neutrality’ –

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/news/detail/11334

    And actually it was Ritchie who went out of her way to attack the people in Killyleagh who organised the mural, and accuse them of being ‘sectarian’, not the other way round. Did you not even read the article??

    “Northern Ireland are a ninth-rate team- it just shows how inadequate they are that their supporters are still celebrating a single goal in a qualifier and a ‘top-scorer’ for a team with a hilariously woeful scoring record. They don’t deserve congratulations or honouring- they deserve to be laughed-at.”

    What a bitter, pathetic attitude. Have a look at yourself, EM. What this reaction to some people in Killyleagh wanting to honour a local lad for hitting the football headlines and providing one of European football’s big shocks of last year.

    “If people want to celebrate George Best, then fine- at least people around the world knew who he was.

    I won a fiver on a scratchcard last week- will a mural be painted depicting my success, or the newsagents where I bought the ticket be renamed in my honour? If these things do not happen, it is clearly just because unionist politicians being anti-fenian… ”

    Let me let you into a little secret, EM. Killyleagh is apretty small place. A village. Who can blame local NI fans for celebrating the fact that their village has produced the country’s top international goalscorer ever, and scored its most famous goal for years. Let me let you into another secret (which if you’ve read the article you may even be party to) – the mural also honours two other Killleagh natives who played and scored for Northern Ireland, Terry Cochrane and Hugh Henry Davey. Producing international goalscorers is something local villagers who support NI are onviously proud of – and I doubt that bitter begrudgery and petty attmepts to denigrate this will take away from that pride.

  • Mainlander

    “Good post mainlander, lets put a mural up of ye.”

    Cheers Ref,
    Just tell me when and I’ll wash my GAWA shirt and hair especially for the occasion.

    Unfortunately I think you’d get a few “concerned” residents popping out of the woodwork, if you were to paint it (with me wearing a Norn Iron shirt) in the place I was born….that should get the b****s and begrudgers wondering….

    Mike,
    As always a good post, although I fear logic, well-thought out arguments and the truth are wasted on the likes of Kenny and El Prat.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I think Ritchie looks really bad after all this and I think it is entirely appropriate for the Council football pitch to be named after Healy. Perhaps she should have asked the people who use the pitches what they thought of the idea. Did anyone actually oppose the idea?

    Ritchie opposed the pitch re-naming because it would compromise its ‘neutrality’. The implication is that Healy or the NI football team belongs to only one side of the community. Some might see it that way, but would they STILL honestly take offence to a tiny village honouring it’s best known local hero? Sinn Fein didn’t. Not only is Healy NI’s top goalscorer, but he scored one of the most remarkable goals in living memory. Few places in NI could boast three scorers against the mighty (in comparison!) England, so it’s no wonder the villagers feel a degree of pride.

    It would take a particular level of begrudgery for even a republican to oppose something this innocuous.

    For Ritchie to then complain about not being invited to the unveiling of a mural portraying something she should have been opposing (if she was being consistent with her position on the football pitch re-naming) smacks of more than just sour grapes.

    The fact that three invited SDLP representatives failed to attend makes the SDLP look doubly worse. They obviously weren’t interested, but maybe they should’ve checked to see if the invite was transferable.

    This is the worst attempt at political opportunism I’ve seen the SDLP engage in ages. You know that when even Caitriona Ruane holds the moral high ground against you and makes you look like a huffy spoilsport, it’s gotta be a grade-A blooper.

    The begrudgery demonstrated by Ritchie has only been bettered since on this very thread.