Opinion

Saturday 21 April 2018

Here come the girls, but the old boys are still in charge

Only time will tell if Michelle O'Neill can become her own woman - but so far the signs are not good, says Eilis O'Hanlon

NO GIRL POWER! Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams smile for the cameras as Northern Ireland’s election campaign began. Photo: Paul McErlane/RollingNews.ie
NO GIRL POWER! Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams smile for the cameras as Northern Ireland’s election campaign began. Photo: Paul McErlane/RollingNews.ie

Eilis O'Hanlon

Wednesday was the last day at Stormont, possibly the last one for a very long time. Sinn Fein and the DUP will only have three weeks after the election to come to an agreement before direct rule is promptly reinstated.

The signs of them doing so are not good, but first there are those elections to get through, so for now it's all about news management.

As the SF leadership arrived at its press conference last week, it was interesting to note the choreography. New Northern leader Michelle O'Neill was at the front, with Mary Lou McDonald. Behind them came Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams.

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