Wednesday 22 February 2017

Social Democrats triumvirate always lacked the one voice

Gerard O'Regan

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

Roisin Shorthall Picture: Tom Burke
Roisin Shorthall Picture: Tom Burke

First there were three - then there were two - eventually there can only be one. Stephen Donnelly's decision to call time on the Social Democrats' self-serving leadership experiment was always going to happen sooner rather than later.

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It proves once again the enduring truth of the an adage: Much may change - but the gut instincts of human nature remain a constant no matter what.

When Deputies Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and himself came up with their bizarre, and ultimately doomed, three-way shared-leadership wheeze, it was a trick too clever by half.

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