Is SDLP’s future a republican one?

I am somewhat bemused by the talk of the proposed merger of the Social Democratic & Labour Party with Fianna Fail – ‘The Republican Party’.

The SDLP began as a political party emphasising ‘social democracy’ and ‘labour’ issues and not nationalism. It later transformed into a Nationalist Party, much to the annoyance of many of their members.

If this merger goes ahead with Fianna Fail, will the SDLP have completed their transformation into “The Republican Party”?

I cannot help but think that Gerry Fitt would turn in his grave.

Yours etc.

Brian Kennaway

South Antrim.

This letter appeared in the Irish News & the Belfast News Letter on Thursday 3 January 2019 and in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday 4 January 2019