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SDLP Leader insults Sinn Féin electorate in South Belfast

21 April, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin Party leader Gerry Adams was in South Belfast this morning with Alex Maskey and Michelle Gildernew.

Commenting on the disparaging response of the SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie to Sinn Féin’s withdrawal of Alex Maskey from the South Belfast contest Gerry Adams said:

“Margaret Ritchie’s response to Sinn Fein’s decision to withdraw Alex Maskey form the South Belfast contest was to insult the republican electorate and dismiss their vote as irrelevant.

 "If the SDLP want republicans to vote for them in South Belfast they are going to have to start asking them and they’re going to have to stop insulting the intelligence of the republican electorate.

 "Sinn Féin obviously has many differences with the SDLP and with Alasdair McDonnell as well but we have given them a free run in South Belfast and the insulting and offensive way they have responded to that has caused some anger and confusion.

 "There are lots of issues in this election and one of them is leadership and I think the SDLP is failing in this." ENDS

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