Sinn Fein offer for Nationalist Pact spurned

Gerry Adams’ offer of a potential nationalist pact with the SDLP, involving Fermanagh South Tyrone and South Belfast, has been rejected by the SDLP, with Margaret Ritchie ruling out such a pact. I discussed the potential for this offer in a piece published last week. What is clear is that making the offer will have been an important step for many nationalists, not least those in Fermanagh South Tyrone who may feel particularly aggrieved at the SDLP decision to oppose such a step in the face of a unified unionist candidate. Of course, time will tell….