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 Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (centre)  with deputy president Michelle O’Neill celebrating after their election at a party  ardfheis at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Sinn Féin special ardfheis on Saturday has indeed witnessed historic change, as the party leadership passed from Gerry Adams to Mary Lou McDonald (...)

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 has not made any public comment on her intentions since Gerry  Adams announced his intention to step down. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has confirmed he will not challenge Mary Lou McDonald for the position of party president. Mr Murphy is the latest senior (...)

‘Varadkar has decided that the time has come to take  on Sinn Féin.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach accused Mary Lou McDonald of resembling Marine Le Pen because she always returns to a script, it may not have been the finest hour (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with members of the FF Parliamentary Party, at the start of the party’s autumn think-in at the Longford Arms Hotel in Co Longford. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is strongly resisting Government plans to widen income tax bands in Budget 2018, and says the move would be a breach(...)

 Cllr June Murphy from Fermoy resigned from Sinn Féin in 2015. .

Sinn Féin exists in a constant state of “Civil War,” treats women unfairly and is “power and money mad,” according to a former party councillor who re(...)

 Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: is the party starting a move on coalition? Photograph: Eric Luke

There are two big facts about the disposition of political forces in the post-austerity era: the enduring strength of the two big parties, and the fra(...)

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he intends to lead the party into the next general election in the Republic. Amid ongoing speculation over w(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called for reflection and counselled that this time, when the State investigates what happened and why, the job must be done properly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What a horrible, horrible start to International Women’s Day. It tends to be a bit of a joke down Kildare Street way, with people falling over each (...)

David Bowie in a still from Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth

There is a great mystery at the heart of The Man Who Fell to Earth, Nicolas Roeg’s cult film: its soundtrack. There is a persistent rumour that long-(...)

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