The usually well-informed Suzanne Breen has an article in the Village today suggesting a Fianna Fail – SDLP merger is on the cards after the Westminster election.
Courtesy of Newshound:
An SDLP source added: "The growing confidence of the Catholic community in the North means an all-Ireland, not a six-county, party is the way forward."
Another SDLP source said the position of those who oppose a merger would be weakened after the Westminster election.
The SDLP could possibly win only one seat – South Down. It is set to lose Newry and Armagh to Sinn Féin and party leader, Mark Durkan, is facing a tough battle against Sinn Féin chairman Mitchel McLaughlin in Foyle.
"The meltdown in May will show there is not other option for us but Fianna Fail," said an SDLP proponent.