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# Mary-Lou McDonald

This week
23rd June 2024 - 25th June 2024
Mary Lou McDonald says Sinn Fein to ‘dust ourselves off’ after disappointing election results
This month
June 2024
Five key takeaways on what went wrong for Sinn Féin and what it needs to do to up its game
The party needs to spell out clearly what alternative it is offering the electorate.
A bad day for Sinn Féin in Mary Lou's backyard, as far right and government make gains
Taoiseach says local elections an 'unmitigated disaster' for Sinn Féin and rules out early election
McDonald admits Sinn Féin 'disappointed' by local election results and needs to 'reflect'
Mary Lou can't avoid 'Up the Ra' comment on Cabra canvass but she's not worried about election day
Cabra is McDonald’s home turf, so it was no surprise that she was greeted with a warm welcome on the doors yesterday.
McDonald rules out Help-to-Buy 'cliff-edge' for buyers who 'baked in' deposit to their calculations
Sinn Féin not seeking to outsource processing of asylum seeker applications to other countries
Last month
May 2024
McDonald says 'traitors and sell outs' label directed at Sinn Féin not defining feature of campaign
Mary Lou McDonald: Fences erected in Dublin can't stay indefinitely, proper accommodation needed
Major housing report criticises government for 'ineffective decision-making and risk aversion'
Government blasted on housing as almost one in two say they've postponed buying a home
April
April 2024
Opposition rounds on government 'incompetence' in row with UK over return of migrants
Mary Lou McDonald defends Sinn Féin's stance on 'open borders' following criticism
Four in 10 people getting support via First Home Scheme are single, minister says
‘Failed his way to the top’: McDonald says country needs an election, not another new Taoiseach
Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion to contest European election in Ireland South
March
March 2024
McDonald makes case for Sinn Féin candidates in June elections during 1916 commemoration speech
Govt insists election not needed in wake of Varadkar resignation
“After seven years in office, I am no longer the best person for that job,” Leo Varadkar said today.
Varadkar’s resignation as Fine Gael leader is effective immediately, but he will stay on as Taoiseach until his successor is elected by the party
A general election is not likely to be called, despite mounting pressure from the opposition
Fine Gael is expected to elect a new leader before the party's Ard Fheis on 6 April
'Don't limp on': McDonald calls for general election in testy Dáil exchanges with Varadkar
Sinn Féin's reserved public remarks on Gaza while in US leave the party wide open for criticism
It’s a rarity that Varadkar comes out looking stronger on the issue of Palestine than Sinn Féin.
McDonald says SF would 'return to' issue of sexist language in Constitution if in power
Minister starts Women's Day address to empty Dáil in moment widely shared on social media
Labour leader Ivana Bacik said she was ‘disappointed’ to see so few representatives in the Chamber.
'We have known the brutality of colonialism': McDonald calls for ceasefire in Gaza in US speech
February
February 2024
Referendum re-run to boost committee powers non-starter, say Govt sources but SF would 'think about it'
McDonald travelling to New York for Irish Unity summit, says party fundraising not part of trip
Sinn Féin pledges to re-run referendums if they fall and the party gets into government
McDonald and O'Neill talk Irish unity and 'being chilled' about identity in UK media blitz
Mary Lou McDonald: 'Government has not handled the immigration question well'
This year
2024
UK government to replace 'green lane' on goods travelling to NI under new Stormont deal
The DUP has been using a veto power to block Stormont’s devolved institutions for almost two years.
It was announced earlier this week that the DUP was prepared to return to Stormont, dependent on the UK Government implementing certain legislative assurances.
The return will see Michelle O’Neill become the region’s first ever nationalist first minister.
Pressure mounts on Sinn Féin to boycott St Patrick's Day trip to Washington
McDonald invokes Northern Ireland peace process in address at Pro-Palestine rally in London
Mary Lou McDonald to address rally in London calling for ceasefire in Gaza
Last year
2023
McDonald says Sinn Féin aiming to be in government across Ireland in 2024
McDonald not in favour of boycotting St Patrick's Day White House over US Middle East policy
McDonald on Sinn Féin's recent drop in opinion polls: 'We always need to assess performance'
Sinn Féin’s Belfast Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile resigns from the Seanad on health grounds
Taoiseach: Banks would 'think twice' about new mortgages if Dublin house prices lowered to €300k
Interview: McDonald says she wants 'space for people to ask questions' about immigration
Talks with Stormont leaders to focus on finances of a returning executive