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Mary Lou’s powerful performance at the Public Accounts Committee helped sway public opinion towards Sinn Féin

In this extract from his new book, Shane Ross recalls his time spent working with Mary Lou McDonald in Leinster House

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Shane Ross on the canvass trail with Mary Lou McDonald. Picture by David Conachy

Shane Ross on the canvass trail with Mary Lou McDonald. Picture by David Conachy

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald in Dublin in 2008

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald in Dublin in 2008

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Shane Ross on the canvass trail with Mary Lou McDonald. Picture by David Conachy

Mary Lou and I were elected to the Dáil on the same day. I remember meeting her at its first sitting and exchanging warm congratulations. Like many others, I had a sneaking regard for her. I had followed her career from a distance ever since she had won her seat in the European Parliament in 2004.

It had been all downhill for her since then. She had lost her European seat and failed to win a Dáil contest in the intervening years. But she was admirably dogged — she never gave up. I did not know enough about the inner manoeuvres of Sinn Féin to be aware of the benefits she had reaped from Gerry Adams’s unswerving political patronage; but still, she had finally arrived. She was a fact of life, a fixture in Leinster House.


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