Is SDLP’s future a republican one?

Gerry Fitt (left) with John Hume in 1973. The latter took over from the former as party leader in 1979
Gerry Fitt (left) with John Hume in 1973. The latter took over from the former as party leader in 1979

I am somewhat bemused by the talk of the proposed merger of the Social Democratic and 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.

Brian Kennaway

South Antrim