Oliver Callan: ‘Putting a sliced pan on your head must be the dumbest way to end a career’

Party’s failure to truly tackle past has infected the culture of their present

Mary Lou McDonald’s task is huge. To lead the party in a way that refutes the overwhelming sense, even among neutrals, that Sinn Féin is deeply controlled by a Belfast conclave. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mary Lou McDonald’s task is huge. To lead the party in a way that refutes the overwhelming sense, even among neutrals, that Sinn Féin is deeply controlled by a Belfast conclave. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Even by the standards of Irish politics, it was the dumbest way to end a career, with a sliced pan on your head. Barry McElduff’s resignation was the only obvious ending.

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