Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

The new leader's comments on disciplining those who vote against the party line could spell trouble for some of its TDs

13th February, 2018
New Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Pic: RollingNews.ie

New Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald’s confirmation that those who vote against the party line on abortion will be disciplined indicates that while the party is changing rapidly in some areas, it will be slower in others.

For all the criticism of its rigid structures, Sinn Féin’s abortion policy has been vastly liberalised in recent years. In 2013 both Gerry Adams...

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