Mary Lou McDonald interview: ‘I’m not one bit presumptuous about Sinn Féin’s automatic ascent to power’
The Sinn Féin leader’s prospects of becoming the first ever female taoiseach are looking increasingly good, but she is adamant that she won’t take the result of the next general election for granted
Mary Lou McDonald has found out that Shane Ross is investigating her.
The former Independent Alliance minister has been calling to the homes of her relatives and friends as part of the research for his forthcoming biography of the Sinn Féin leader, which was commissioned by a London publisher.
By all accounts, he got a warm reception from McDonald’s relatives in Tipperary, from where her mother hails, but did not make much progress...
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Heather Humphreys interview: ‘If people have defrauded the system, they should face the full rigours of the law’
Fraudulent PUP claims, the thorny pensions issue and child maintenance reform are among the priorities in 2022 for Heather Humphreys, the minister at the heart of the welfare response to the pandemic
Seán Ó Fearghaíl interview: ‘It's no longer acceptable to have sessions of the Dáil in the early hours of the morning’
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Roderic O’Gorman interview: ‘There’s a commitment across all three government parties to deliver affordable childcare’
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