McDonald accuses opponents of 'hatching plan' to damage party
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused her political opponents and sections of the media of trying to "hatch a plan" to damage the party and its president, Gerry Adams.
In a bizarre rant, Ms McDonald warned that Sinn Féin "ain't going away, you know".
The Dublin Central TD has not engaged in any public events since the PSNI's Chief Constable George Hamilton revealed the IRA's involvement in the brutal murder of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast.
But in yet another example of her unflinching loyalty to Mr Adams, Ms McDonald made the extraordinary suggestion that the media and Sinn Féin's opponents were in some way colluding to damage Mr Adams.
"Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that any time there is a bounce in support for Sinn Féin the usual suspects and their cohorts in the media get together to hatch a plan to smear this proud Republican Party and our leader?
"Do they ever learn?
"They need to adjust to the new political realities of today. Sinn Féin ain't going away, you know," Ms McDonald wrote on her official Facebook page.
Ms McDonald has also posted a number of messages encouraging her followers to support Saturday's demonstration in Dublin against water charges.
Despite the deepening crisis in the North and massive political pressure on Sinn Féin over its association with the IRA, the party's senior figures have remained away from the public spotlight.
As part of a press release sent out yesterday, the Sinn Féin's press office noted that: "Gerry Adams is on holiday and is not available for media interview."