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Why Mary Lou McDonald is a prisoner of her mentors' narrative about the IRA's 'armed struggle'

Tom Kelly


The Sinn Fein president knows that looking to the future with one foot stuck in the past won't grow the party in the Republic. Northern Ireland, though, is a different story, says Tom Kelly

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Mary Lou McDonald with Gerry Adams

Mary Lou McDonald with Gerry Adams

Mary Lou McDonald with Gerry Adams

There is much to be admired about the Sinn Fein president, Mary Lou McDonald. She is an articulate politician and a staunch advocate for social change. Ms McDonald is clearly a vote-getter, but, more importantly, she is not Gerry Adams.

Had her party run enough candidates in the recent Irish general election, almost certainly she could have been Tanaiste, if not Taoiseach, by now.

The Irish electorate has never been bothered much by Sinn Fein's past, or the north in general, when it come to voting.