Checkmate – Stormont Style

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Interesting thoughts on implications for SF of SDLP/UUP’s decision to leave power-sharing government……

The nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party ( SDLP) and the Alliance Party have followed the Ulster Unionist party (UUP) into opposition in the Stormont Assembly.

Whatever their reasons and no matter how valid or otherwise they may be, we are now left with an Executive of only DUP and SF –

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But the DUP has the upper hand, numerically speaking

(34 MLAs vs 28 SF; + having sole right with 30+ seats to abuse Petitions of Concern to block legislation)

Potential combinations do not paint a pretty picture for SF’s 28 MLAs, even if we add on the People Before Profit and the Greens:

SF+PBP+Greens = 32

SDLP and UUP = 28

SDLP, UUP + Alliance = 34

DUP = 34

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1916 – 1969 – 2016 – History reverberates

Whither now SF?

Can you win the game and win your destiny? And the Irish Republic’s?



  1. thanks for re-blogging the re-blog

  2. if you want something blogged directly just send a link.

    An interesting piece.

  3. Think LVG was refering to SF when he said 'it's over'.

  4. thanks for your kind offer Anthony. much appreciated