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# Mary-Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald offers 'unreserved apology' to Máiría Cahill
The Sinn Fein leader says she wishes Cahill well.
USC cuts, a private jet tax and scrapping carbon tax increases included in SF alternative budget
Mary Lou McDonald says housing is her party’s number one priority.
Young people march to demand Government action over accommodation ‘crisis’ facing students
Teaching representatives also joined in the protest event, which concluded with a loud rally within earshot of the Dáil and Government Buildings.
3rd October 2023
Government accused of acting like 'bystanders' as gardaí and barristers take industrial action
Varadkar says its not sustainable to continue with Garda roster that was operational during the pandemic.
Last month
September 2023
Mary Lou McDonald says best government would be one 'without either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael'
Sinn Féin is holding its think-in in Dublin today to strategise ahead of the new Dáil term as elections loom.
Mary Lou McDonald opens up about having a hysterectomy over the summer
The Sinn Fein leader said she underwent surgery in June.
Mary Lou McDonald 'fully recovered' from surgery ahead of Sinn Féin think-in
The leader of the opposition underwent surgery in June, announcing she would be recovering for a few weeks.
'It's not a slam dunk': Martin says SF winning big in next election not a sure thing
SF triumphalising ‘horrible deeds’ is ‘infecting a new generation.
This year
Mary Lou McDonald to be 'back in action in a number of weeks' after undergoing surgery
McDonald has revealed that she underwent surgery on Friday and that she is now ‘recovering well’.
Safeguarding expert to be appointed after review into sexual assault at HSE-run nursing home
Mary Lou McDonald said a review into the handling of the case ‘uncovered that other residents have made allegations against this same healthcare assistant in the past’.
'A legend ... a great Dub': Party leaders pay tribute to Christy Dignam in the Dáil
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressed his sadness at the news of Dignam in the Dáil today.
Leo Varadkar says he believes homeless figures will fall
There were 12,259 people in emergency accommodation last month.
McDonald calls on Taoiseach to go 'beyond cosy chats' to lower electricity costs for consumers
McDonald said Varadkar has not ‘intervened to ensure the big drop in wholesale cost gets speedily passed on to the consumers’.
Sinn Féin storming ahead in historic Northern Ireland local election
If Sinn Féin continues its winning streak, it will be the first time a nationalist party has had the most council seats in Northern Ireland.
Holly Cairns says she'll talk to all parties after next election but 'change' is in the air
A report by
Christina Finn
The new Social Democrats leader spoke to The Journal in a wide-ranging interview.
Varadkar: No immediate mortgage relief but measure will be examined as part of Budget 2024
The Sinn Féin leader said that the hikes were like “body blows” to households.
Harris urges all parties to vote for Special Criminal Court renewal in wake of Regency verdict
The Justice Minister was critical of Sinn Féin for abstaining on votes around the Special Criminal Court.
'Where will they go?': Coveney says invalid notices to quit should be challenged
The minister rounded on Sinn Féin’s policies to scrap the Help to Buy and First Home Scheme.
FG and FF upping pressure on Sinn Féin to clarify past dealings with Jonathan Dowdall
McDonald insists Dowdall would would not have been near Sinn Féin had they known about involvement in crime.
Mary Lou McDonald criticises 'false and deeply offensive' claims she had links to Gerard Hutch
Politicians have been giving their reaction to the high-profile verdict.
This is the new Sinn Féin front bench
Mary Lou McDonald said the new front bench would lead the party into the next General Election.
Windsor Framework: DUP to vote against Government on 'Stormont Brake'
Jeffrey Donaldson said that while the proposed terms represent “real progress”, it fails to address “the imposition of EU law by the Protocol”.
The first Commons vote on the EU/UK agreement on trading arrangements for Northern Ireland will take place on Wednesday.
Downing Street has said the UK government has no plans to seek changes to the deal despite the DUP's decision to oppose it.
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill has said "the deal is done" and the onus is on all parties to get Stormont moving.
'Still more work to do' in addressing Windsor Framework concerns, Donaldson says
Explainer: Pets, potatoes and the 'Stormont brake', what's the deal with the Windsor Framework?
McDonald plays down significance of Sinn Féin-backed Irish unity adverts in US newspapers
The advert says the British Government continues to ‘break its obligations’.
Taoiseach criticises SF's Irish unity adverts in the New York Times calling it 'unhelpful'
The half-page advert says the British Government continues to ‘break its obligations’.
Mary Lou McDonald admits there was 'sloppiness' and 'inaccuracies' in party's financial returns
Questions have been raised in the Dáil recently regarding Sinn Féín’s finances.
McDonald on the rise of Holly Cairns: 'It's extremely positive. I'm delighted for her'
Support for the Social Democrats more than doubled in a month following the election of Cairns as its new leader.
Sinn Féin motion to call for eviction ban to be extended to January 2024
Speaking to reporters in New York last night, Mary Lou McDonald said her party will move the motion today.
Bill Clinton and Gerry Adams to share the stage at Good Friday Agreement event in New York
Bill Clinton famously decided to grant the former Sinn Féin leader a US Visa in 1994.
Here's what Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald will be up to in the US next week
Leo Varadkar will meet the US president in the White House on Friday.
Sinn Féin meet with Taoiseach and call for 'urgency' on restoring powersharing
Mary Lou McDonald said that Sinn Féin were “ready to go”.
'You can't handle the answers': Tempers flare as FG and SF clash over eviction ban
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald were involved in a war of words this afternoon.
Sinn Féin leader pays tribute to 'genuine patriot' Rita O'Hare, who died at her home last night
Mary Lou McDonald described Rita O’Hare as a ‘powerhouse within Sinn Féin and the Irish republican struggle’.
Tánaiste tells Ukraine rally: Ireland 'not politically or morally neutral in the face of war crimes'
Large crowds have gathered outside the GPO to mark the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mary Lou McDonald’s husband sues Shane Ross following his biography of the Sinn Féin leader
The legal action was filed yesterday by solicitors acting on behalf of Martin Lanigan.
Mary Lou McDonald: Direct anger at Government, not refugees
Multiple protests have been held in recent weeks in areas where refugees or asylum seekers have been accommodated.
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
Sinn Féin should reconsider stance on all-party talks with UK Govt, says Donaldson
The decision to exclude McDonald from the talks has been criticised by the Government and Sinn Féin.
McDonald: Protests at centres 'absolutely wrong approach' - but those taking part are 'mixed bag'
The Sinn Féin leader said people’s frustration over the housing crisis should not be directed at vulnerable people.
Taoiseach claims Sinn Féin-led government would mean ‘fewer jobs and lower incomes’
Leo Varadkar said there was concern in the business community about the potential for Sinn Féin in government.
Last year
All sectors will get 'fair hearing' on taxation if SF gets into power, McDonald insists
If in government, Sinn Féin would reduce the inheritance tax threshold to €300,000.