Newton Emerson: Fianna Fáil moves in the North are a farce

Sorcha McAnespy episode was an attempt to set the tone of party’s northward expansion

Sorcha McAnespy flanked by Éamon Ó Cuív and Senator Mark Daly. Photograph: Fianna Fáil/PA

Sorcha McAnespy flanked by Éamon Ó Cuív and Senator Mark Daly. Photograph: Fianna Fáil/PA

Everyone is expecting the SDLP to split as it attempts to merge with Fianna Fáil but a split in Fianna Fáil has come as a surprise.

Last week, Éamon Ó Cuív TD and Senator Mark Daly announced that Independent Omagh councillor Sorcha McAnespy – formerly of Sinn Féin – will be Fianna Fáil’s first candidate in Northern Ireland, at council elections next year.

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