McDonald willing to think outside the box on unity

In an exclusive interview, Sinn Féin’s leader Mary Lou McDonald holds forth on suspended TDs, her party’s attitude to Ireland Inc and the challenges of life after Gerry Adams

1st April, 2018
Mary Lou McDonald says unionism has to ‘start thinking for itself’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

New Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has spent the last seven weeks “galloping at a furious pace”. After taking over as leader from Gerry Adams, she was instantly thrust into two weeks of ultimately fruitless talks on restoring power-sharing. Then she was off to Brussels to visit Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and then to the US for Sinn Féin’s annual St Patrick’s Day fundraisers.

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