Sinn Féin loses on the double as protest vote fails to materialise

Sinn Féin loses on the double as protest vote fails to materialise
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald Pic: RollingNews.ie

The winner was never in doubt, but the runner-up is the star of the show

“This is my first test, not just electorally, but as leader of Sinn Féin.”

Mary Lou McDonald couldn’t have put it more starkly as she arrived at the count centre in Dublin’s Convention Centre, notably without her presidential candidate, Liadh Ni Riada, who won just 7 per cent of the vote.

“Along with the party, I took the correct decision and it would have been a failure of any pretence of leadership for...

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