Mary Lou McDonald is an Irish Sinn Féin politician.
‘I remember the Connaught hotel in London,” Richard Corrigan says. “It was some fuddy-duddy f**king dump. They would serve you a bowl of f**king soup for 35 quid. Paddy McKillen brought it into the 21st century when he bought it in 2015. He has done an amazing job with Claridge’s and The Berkeley too.
You get the sense that Fianna Fáil thinks Micheál Martin is too inoffensive for it to want to keep him as party leader, but not dangerous enough to forcibly remove. Martin might be allowed to tread water for the next year, at which stage there is an assumption he will stand down.
Sinn Féin’s political journey toward government has accelerated considerably in the past couple of years. After recent elections, Sinn Féin went through the public ritual of lamenting the fact that neither of the two main parties would talk to it about forming a government.
Sinn Féin gathered in Dublin yesterday, more in expectation than hope. The expectation is that in 2025 the party will, for the first time, enter into government in the Republic, with Mary Lou McDonald the first ever female Taoiseach.
Móglaí Bap, of republican rap trio Kneecap, had a unique formal admission into Christianity. “I was baptised at a mass rock in the Colin Glen Forest, a place where Catholics would congregate during the Penal Law days,” he says.
Controversy unfolded over recent days when it emerged that President Michael D Higgins had declined an invitation to a Church service commemorating Northern Ireland’s centenary.
I normally enjoy the fresh perspective your columnist Larissa Nolan brings to events, challenging the docile adherence to the official line. However, I find her article (‘It’s insulting to dismiss young political minds as ignorant of republican past,’ Irish Independent, September 4) quite disturbing.
Affordability is the only issue in housing policy. The number of units built, for purchase or for rent, whether by public authorities or by private sector developers, is irrelevant. Policy targets expressed in units to be constructed are an evasion.
Daniel Keohane, a senior research fellow at Dublin City University, decided for some reason last Sunday to ruin a quiet day by announcing on Twitter that he had just joined Sinn Féin, on the grounds it was “the only party that genuinely offers something not only different, but also badly needed”.
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