SDLP is sure to rise again
Sir - Eoghan Harris has that knack of invoking the insider party activist mindset in believing that somebody always knew it was going to happen (Sunday Independent, January 29, 2017).
Last year, it was Seamus Mallon, who he quoted as suggesting that the Provos "played John Hume like a 3lb trout" in the 1990s.
Now it is the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin who "knew" the peace process would destroy the SDLP - a worthwhile consequence (in their estimation) in the pursuit of peace. Neither the Provos, nor the Department of Foreign Affairs, knew that the SDLP would be heavily damaged by the peace process.