Monday 27 February 2017

Once again, Dublin and London must ride to the rescue in the North

John Downing

John Downing

Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan

Enda Kenny is about to get a very up-front seminar in 'the SDLP experience".

Now that Sinn Féin is threatened with being dumped from the Belfast power-sharing government, the call comes to Dublin and London to rescue the tottering Northern Ireland administration. Mr Kenny and his colleagues in Fine Gael and Labour are effectively being asked to sustain the northern end of the Sinn Féin organisation, which continues to threaten their political strengths in the South.

It is yet another irony in the endless store of ironies which litter the troubled history of the North. John Hume's SDLP paid a huge political price for risking all to bring the IRA and Sinn Féin in from the wilderness of recurring violence in the mid- to late 1980s.

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