Danger of civil war breaking out in divided SDLP

Alasdair McDonnell is determined to remain SDLP leader. Picture by Mal McCann
The SDLP isn’t just in turmoil. It’s so bad there’s a danger of civil war breaking out. There have already been deep factional divisions in south Belfast for years between the McDonnell camp and the Hanna camp now represented in Stormont by Claire Hanna, daughter of former minister Carmel Hanna. Is it mere coincidence that Alasdair McDonnell’s protege Fearghal McKinney, co-opted to the assembly ahead of Claire Hanna, has been nominated to challenge Dolores Kelly for deputy leader? Or is it just none too pretty retaliation for Kelly’s opposition to McDonnell [...]

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