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Step too far for SDLP candidates

I HAVE noticed that the SDLP candidates in Newry and Armagh - Thomas O'Hanlon and Pat Brannigan - are using photos of themselves with President McAleese in their official election literature.

Surely this is an abuse of protocol and disrespectful to the president's position? Would it be okay for unionists to have photos of themselves with the Queen in their literature?

I remember Caitriona Ruane getting rebuked because she inserted a photo of herself and President McAleese in her literature at a previous election. Are these candidates saying that the president is endorsing them?

OBSERVER

Newry, Co Down

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