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Sinn Féin likely to tighten grip in SDLP heartlands

Sinn Féin launched its election campaign yesterday confident that despite the McCartney case and the Northern Bank robbery the party would cement its dominance of Northern Ireland nationalism. Gerry Adams has focused the campaign on his calls to the IRA to abandon guns, but having warned that they would not respond before May 5, the Sinn Féin president has spent recent days denying it was an election stunt. With the moderate nationalist Social Democrat and Labour party in apparent freefall, Sinn Féin believes it can add Newry and Armagh to its four Westminster seats. The SDLP is expected to hold South Down. But the real battle for the soul of nationalism is in Foyle.Full Story

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