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We asked Mary Lou McDonald where she'd be now had she stayed in Fianna Fáil

“I thought that was a bit of a silly question, actually.”

YOU MAY NOT have been aware that for a brief period in the 1990s, Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was a member of that other republican party, Fianna Fáil.

McDonald’s parents were both supporters of Fianna Fáil and in 1998 they would have been pleased that their daughter joined the party a year after it embarked on what would be 14 years in government.

The future Sinn Féin star was apparently offered a safe council seat but refused it and defected to Sinn Féin later that year, citing differences with Fianna Fáil over its economic and social policies.

In the course of a wide-ranging interview in‘s offices this week we asked McDonald where she thought she would be now had she remained in Fianna Fáil:

Source: Video

Video: Michelle Hennessy/

An extended interview with Mary Lou McDonald will be on later today. 

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Hugh O'Connell

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