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SDLP’s real agenda in Fermanagh South Tyrone exposed - Gildernew

22 April, 2010 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin’s candidate Michelle Gildernew, responding to comments from SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie speaking at the launch of her party’s manifesto yesterday that the SDLP’s objective in Fermanagh South Tyrone was securing a future Assembly seat for Fergal McKinney, said that these comments exposed the SDLP’s willingness to sacrifice nationalist interests in the interest of their own party.

Gildernew said:

“The unionist parties at the behest of the Orange Order and with the backing of the British Tory party have come together in Fermanagh South Tyrone to deny nationalist representation. This is old style sectarian unionist politics at work. They are still trying to dictate to nationalists. They are still trying to hold back change.

“The SDLP is playing into their hands, and unlike Sinn Féin where our candidate Alex Maskey stood aside in South Belfast, is putting SDLP party interests ahead of nationalist interests and the interests of the broader community who deserve a representative who will work on behalf of all within the constituency regardless of political or religious allegiance.

“Margaret Ritchie’s comments yesterday revealed that the SDLP’s sole objective in Fermanagh South Tyrone is securing a future Assembly seat for Fergal McKinney. Voters going to the polls on the 6th May need to take those comments into account before they cast their ballot.” ENDS

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