Deflated Eddie McGrady was on verge of quitting politics in late 1985

Eddie McGrady

Eddie McGrady

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The late SDLP MP Eddie McGrady told an NIO official in 1985 that he would quit politics if the Anglo-Irish Agreement did not go through.

During a meeting with AJ Merifield in September 1985 — around two months before the agreement was signed — the then SDLP chief whip made clear that he saw an agreement between the two governments as the only hope for politics in the Province.

If the agreement had not been signed and Mr McGrady had followed through on his threat, he would never have been MP for South Down.


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