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Ex-wife of former IRA man Pearse McAuley announces return to Irish politics

By Dean Gray

The former wife of convicted Garda killer Pearse McAuley has announced she will return to politics and plans to run for Sinn Fein at the next general election.

Pauline Tully, who nearly died at the hands of the former IRA terrorist in a brutal attack on Christmas Eve 2014, said her decision came following reassurances from Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald that she would be given full support regarding her family commitments.

Ms Tully is the mother of two young sons who witnessed their father's attack on her which left her with 13 stab wounds.

McAuley repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife with a steak knife as she lay on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.

At one stage McAuley brought the children into the room and made them say goodbye to their mother.

Despite consistently ruling herself out of the running again for Sinn Fein citing "family commitments", Ms Tully changed her mind following discussions with Ms McDonald.

TD Caoimhghin O Caolain has said he will not run in the next election and Ms McDonald has said her preference is to have a gender balanced ticket in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency.

Ms Tully has over 13 years experience as a councillor.

Speaking to the Anglo Celt, she said: "I missed the council since I left it. I didn't think it would be possible to be elected to Dail Eireann and mind two young boys as a single parent but a lot of people urged me to reconsider.

"When Mary Lou approached me she outlined a weekly schedule and what it would be like at the coalface, and what she could do to make it possible for me to run."

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