SDLP Deputy Leader Alasdair McDonnell says the SDLP will move to firmer ties with Fianna Fail and thinks they will reconsider running for Westminster seats. Meanwhile, a SF councillor has offered an explanation for the timing of the FF decision, it was fear of the Army:
Mr McIvor said Fianna Fail had only been set up in the Republic in the 1920s after the British army left.
“Now, surprise, surprise. Once the British army has left the streets of the six counties, here comes Fianna Fail to first organise and then in a few years, fight elections when they are sure there are no British soldiers about,”