In a slight shock the current MLA for South Down Karen McKevitt has been selected along with Justin McNulty to run for the SDLP in the upcoming Assembly election.
Ms McKevitt has been an MLA since 2011 and this move is to attempt to get two seats for the party in the constituency which would come at the expense of Sinn Fein.
It will be interesting to see what happens here, Sinn Fein’s Mickey Brady did not suffer the loss in support that some pundits had projected with the departure of Conor Murphy from the seat, but then again Murphy being on the ticket could hurt, if he takes too many first prefs.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs