Tuesday 24 October 2017

Don't write him off: sky's the limit for this outsider

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Pat Doherty, Sinn Fein's veteran strategist, is being credited with the vision to put the party into the presidential election.

Three months ago, when the rest of Sinn Fein was still digesting the outcome of the 2011 General Election and Gerry Adams's move south, Doherty was already thinking of the next challenge.

The party kicked around the names of a range of candidates, among them Mary Lou McDonald, Caoimhghin O Caolain and Michelle Gildernew.

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