Kevin Doyle: What stops Mary Lou from stating obvious about Adams?
There are a lot of reasons why Mary Lou McDonald has one of the safest seats in Ireland.
Her reputation as a local representative is well-established. She is one of the strongest performers in the Dáil and has made good use of a high-profile position on the Public Accounts Committee.
And despite the often ungratifying Thursday handbags with Tánaiste Joan Burton that became a recurring theme over the last year, she is a very pleasant person.