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  Mary Lou McDonald:   won a Dáil seat in 2011,  comfortably retaining it in 2016. Photograph: Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

Mary Lou McDonald first came to public and media notice in the early 2000s as part of Gerry Adams’ doughnut – the group of party honchos who would sur(...)

Mary Lou McDonald acknowledges the applause of delegates as she is elected  Sinn Féin president at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she wants an “Ireland that creates opportunities for all – and not just for the few”. In her opening (...)

Gerry  Adams said he felt “blessed” to still be alive, having survived a number of assassination attempts. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Outgoing Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has insisted he does not care how history will judge him. As he prepares to hand over the reins to Mary-Lou(...)

Senior DUP and Sinn Féin sources said intensive talks were continuing at Stormont but that “significant gaps” remained between the two parties. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Gerry Adams was at Stormont on Thursday as efforts continued to try to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembly, as he prepared to pass on t(...)

The Social Democrats  conference heard that those most likely to die and those most in need of healthcare were the least likely to have access to health services. Photograph: Getty Images

The socially-deprived have poorer health than those living in affluent areas, a Dublin GP told the Social Democrats national conference. Dr David Gib(...)

President elect and current deputy leader of  Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald addresses supporters at the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Mary Lou McDonald has been confirmed as the sole nominee for the position of Sinn Féin president. Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle met in Belfast on Saturda(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill:  Sinn Féin’s deputy leader  is expected to be confirmed as the sole nominee for the position of Sinn Féin leader today. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald is expected to be confirmed as the sole nominee for the position of Sinn Féin leader on Saturday. Nominations for(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: A self-proclaimed champion of women’s rights, McDonald was having to defend the party against a rape victim

From the moment Mary Lou McDonald joined Sinn Féin as a fresh-faced Fianna Fáil defector, she was primed for the position of leader. In 1998, she aba(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin’s deputy leader is the only person so far to have confirmed an interest in succeeding Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sinn Féin has fixed a date for its special ardfheis to replace Gerry Adams as leader, with Mary Lou McDonald expected to take over in early February. (...)

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CATHEDRALS Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Sundays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 10am with Holy Communion. You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral. Mo(...)

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