Pat Leahy: Sinn Féin will eventually make it into government

McDonald may have her moment but competition between FG and FF will remain key

 Mary Lou Mc Donald voting at St Joseph’s, Navan Road: her intentions are clear – a coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Lou Mc Donald voting at St Joseph’s, Navan Road: her intentions are clear – a coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The point of Mary Lou McDonald’s leadership of Sinn Féin is becoming pretty clear: it is to bring the party into government in Dublin, something that would never have been possible under Gerry Adams.

As last weekend’s bank holiday interview in The Irish Times makes clear, McDonald has clearly decided that there is no point being coy about this. She has made her intentions clear; and it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil, either will do.

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