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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (above on screen) during the RTÉ Prime Time leaders’ debate, shown in the Halfway Line pub in Woodside, Queens in New York earlier this week. Photograph: Lauren Crothers/The Irish Times

For all the years Sinn Féin was considered a party of outcasts back in Ireland, it was often met with a more sympathetic and financially lucrative wel(...)

 Seán MacBride:  his list of “principles” included provision for affirmative action in the workplace to tackle Catholic under-representation.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

British government concern at the success of an Irish-American campaign to have the “MacBride principles” on fair employment in Northern Ireland adop(...)