A short honeymoon for Mary Lou

McDonald’s election as leader of Sinn Féin symbolises the transition under way within the party. But she faces a slew of challenges right away, including the proposal to repeal the Eighth Amendment

11th February, 2018
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Mary Lou McDonald: the new Sinn Féin leader will be judged on her electoral results Picture: PA

It may have evoked deep cynicism among their political opponents, but something quite remarkable happened at the RDS yesterday. Sinn Féin members broke a 35-year cycle of electing the same man as their leader to vote instead for a 48-year-old woman from Rathgar who was privately educated and was once a member of Fianna Fáil.

Mary Lou McDonald has taken the baton from Gerry Adams in a move that will be...

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