SDLP still running from public debate - Murphy
Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has said the SDLP are now trying to spin their way out of running from a public debate in Newry and Armagh ahead of the election.
Mr Murphy, Mickey Brady's election agent, said;
"The SDLP and Justin McNulty are clearly attempting to play games with the electorate of Newry and Armagh.
"First they refused to take part in a hustings event organised by Destination Newry, offering excuses; now they are claiming that they offered another time and date but that Mickey Brady was unavailable.
“That is nonsense. We had already changed schedules several times to accommodate the SDLP and when they refused a final date no other proposal was put to us.
“The SDLP must have known that to withdraw from this debate would cause questions to be asked about the ability of their candidate. It is telling that they felt this was the less damaging alternative to allowing their candidate to speak in a live debate.
"Justin McNulty may talk a big game but when it comes down to debating the real politics in front of the electorate he is little more than a hurler on the ditch.”