Michelle O’Neill asks for clear run for Sinn Fein in North Belfast & FST

The Sinn Fein Leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill has made a proposal towards the SDLP that is almost certain to be rejected.

I am calling therefore on the SDLP to give a clear run to John Finucane and Michelle Gildernew as the only credible anti-Brexit, pro equality and pro-rights candidates in North Belfast and Fermanagh South Tyrone.”

O’Neill is asking for the SDLP to stand aside in North Belfast and Fermanagh/South Tyrone. In both the SDLP have little chance of success, but the Sinn Fein Leader did not offer anything to the SDLP in places like South Belfast to even get some consideration from Colum Eastwood.

The SDLP will be set to run in all 18 constituencies which will make it harder in both constituencies for Sinn Fein to win. Although with parties like the Greens and Alliance running in both as well, it only adds to Sinn Fein’s problems in both constituencies, particularly North Belfast. In Fermanagh/South Tyrone, the party has won with other parties in the race before, which makes it a closer contest.



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  • grumpy oul man

    And again I have to ask you for proof of this,
    Not really expecting​ any as you have never been able to supply it before.
    But I have friends who run business in Nationlist areas and nobody has ever mentioned protection money however it’s pretty common knowledge that the loyalists employ this business model.
    Perhaps you could ask the DUP why they are so chummy with loyalist gangsters.

  • grumpy oul man

    How do you return a serve when you served first.
    History shows that loyalists started the violence.

  • grumpy oul man

    Except when unionisms want some muscle and then they are more than happy to use loyalist terrorists.

  • grumpy oul man

    Well I suppose it depends on what National debate you mean, in Britain they are as relevant as SDLP, DUP, UUP and Alaince.
    In Ireland more relevant than the SDLP, DUP, UUP and Alaince.

  • Robin Keogh

    Ya I don’t really see the fuss behind the pact issues.

  • james

    Take it up with the Loyalists. I’m just pointing out that their attempts at justifying their evil acts is as boneheaded and wrong as Sinn Fein attempts to justify the IRA’s sectarian murder campaign.

  • james

    Why, then, would you say that no one seems willing to do business with Sinn Fein?

  • james

    Indeed. The Shinners do seem often merely to be chasing that pot o’ gold.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    No different ethical yardstick for SF. I only ask of them what I ask of every other party. For too long they have been allowed to get away with much lower standards – SF gets away with stuff no other party would, because of its “complicated” history, which we have to “make allowances for”.

  • Reader

    Obelisk: …because Sinn Fein is actually right when they say the SDLP has no chance of winning either seat.
    Though the SDLP does have an excellent chance in South Belfast, especially if SF actually offered a deal.
    It’s a one sided offer, and therefore transparently rhetorical.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    We’re part of a big country, Brian. But actually quite often a handful of seats have affected how governments operate. Why do you think May has called an election now?

  • Obelisk

    Which again, they are free to make because for them it’s a win-win situation .
    Besides, they are only asking for this in constituencies where Unionists have reached ‘understandings’. To do so in constituencies where they have not could be seen as somewhat sectarian after all.

  • AntrimGael

    Sinn Fein is a legal party that does not contain terrorists.

  • AntrimGael

    Was it not Stalin himself who said “One death in war is a tragedy, one million is a just a statistic”?

  • james

    Does contain former terrorists, though. And many of them seem to feel that terrorism isn’t a bad thing.

  • Nevin
  • Reader

    As though SF or DUP sectarianism was confined within a limited number of constituencies?
    Nationalist criticism of unionist deals has *never* been limited to specific constituencies; it’s always been a case of “look at what themmuns are doing.”
    SF are operating tactically for party self interest in every single respect. There’s no point in trying to pretend there’s a moral dimension.

  • Robert ian Wiliams

    Non tribal Catholics ( who love and respect the teaching authority of their Church) and disagree with the SF agenda on abortion and other key issues should hold their nose and vote DUP. Plus SDLP are for so called marriage equality.