Sunday 11 December 2016

Mary Lou likens Gerry Adams to "international sex symbol" Martin McGuinness

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 15/01/2016 | 22:32

Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein
Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein

SINN Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald has described her party leader Gerry Adams as an “international sex symbol” as she launched her General Election campaign.

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In a speech to around 200 supporters, Ms McDonald made reference to the uncanny similarity between Mr Adams and a new look Pierce Brosnan that has taken the internet by storm.

 “I can only say he has finally caught up with Martin McGuinness who has always been an international sex symbol,” the Dublin Central TD said at her launch in the four star Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street.

During the event, which lasted over two hours, a video of several of Ms McDonald’s Dáil performances was aired to the Alicia Keys hit song ‘Girl on Fire’.

In her address, Ms McDonald said that Sinn Féin will “put Enda and Joan out on top of their heads,” in a reference to the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

And she said ministers will make several promises throughout the campaign that they will later renege on.

(Left) Pierce Brosnan bears a striking resemblance to Gerry Adams while filming in London on Wednesday and (right) Gerry Adams in 2014. Pictures: Rex Features/Tom Burke, Irish Independent
(Left) Pierce Brosnan bears a striking resemblance to Gerry Adams while filming in London on Wednesday and (right) Gerry Adams in 2014. Pictures: Rex Features/Tom Burke, Irish Independent

“That’s the stuff they do, we know, because Pat Rabbitte told us,” she said.

The event was attended by Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness, the North’s deputy first minister.

Mr McGuinness criticised political parties who consistently rule out the prospect of doing business with each other.

He said that if he is able to work with the late former DUP leader Ian Paisley, and his successor Peter Robinson, then parties in the Republic should work together also.

Mr Adams said Fine Gael is hoping to “buy off its own demographic” in the campaign.

“They are hoping people don’t vote and say ‘Enda is going to Taoiseach anyway’,” Mr Adams added.

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