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Mary Louise McDonald (born 1 May 1969) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has served as Leader of Sinn Féin
Leader of Sinn Féin
since February 2018. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2011, currently for the Dublin Central constituency. She previously served as Vice President of Sinn Féin from 2009 to 2018 and a Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament
(MEP) for the Dublin
Dublin
constituency from 2004 to 2009.[1] On 10 February 2018, McDonald succeeded longtime party leader Gerry Adams after a special ardfheis (party conference) in Dublin.[2]

Contents

1 Background 2 Dáil Éireann 3 European Parliament 4 Party activity and controversy 5 References 6 External links

Background[edit] Born in Dublin, McDonald was educated at Notre Dame Des Missions in Churchtown,[3] Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick
University of Limerick
and Dublin
Dublin
City University, studying English Literature, European Integration Studies and Human Resource Management.[4] Her career to date has her involved in diverse roles, watching, including consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, researcher for the Institute of European Affairs, and trainer in the Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust.[4] Originally a member of Fianna Fáil, she left the party in 1998. During this time she also served as Leas-Chathaoirleach (Vice-Chair) of the Irish National Congress republican organisation. Unlike some other senior members of Sinn Féin, she does not speak the Irish language.[5] Dáil Éireann[edit] McDonald first ran for office when she unsuccessfully contested the Dublin
Dublin
West constituency for Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
at the 2002 general election, polling 8.02% of first preference votes. She was an unsuccessful candidate in the Dublin
Dublin
Central constituency at the 2007 general election. She contested Dublin
Dublin
Central again in the 2011 general election, this time picking up 13.1% of first preference votes; she was successful in taking the last seat in the constituency. She was re-elected in the 2016 general election topping the poll and taking the first seat in the Dublin
Dublin
Central constituency. She is a member of the Public Accounts Committee. In November 2014, McDonald refused to leave the Dáil chamber despite a vote suspending her, after she had repeatedly questioned Tánaiste Joan Burton
Joan Burton
on water charges.[6] European Parliament[edit] In 2004, McDonald became Sinn Féin's first Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in Ireland when she was elected at the 2004 European Parliament election for the Dublin
Dublin
constituency, receiving over 60,000 first preference votes.[7] She served as one of two Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
MEPs, the other being Bairbre de Brún
Bairbre de Brún
who was representing Northern Ireland. In 2007, she was shortlisted for the 'MEP of the Year' award by the European Parliament
European Parliament
magazine watching for "making the most valuable contribution in the field of employment policy".[8] During her time in office she led the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
campaign against the Treaty of Lisbon, which was rejected in the Republic in 2008. McDonald sat as a member of the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee, and as a substitute of the Civil Liberties Committee. For the 2009 European Parliament
European Parliament
election, the number of seats for Dublin
Dublin
in the European Parliament
European Parliament
was reduced from four to three. McDonald was in a tight race for the last seat against Fianna Fáil's Eoin Ryan and the Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins. McDonald lost her seat to Higgins, being eliminated at the fifth count. Her first preference vote had declined to nearly 48,000.[9] In 2012, McDonald was awarded 'Opposition Politician of the Year' by TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne
political talk show.[10] Party activity and controversy[edit] She is a member of the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Chomhairle (party leadership) as of 2001,[11] and became the party's Vice President, replacing Pat Doherty following the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
ardfheis of 22 February 2009. In September 2003, McDonald attracted criticism when she spoke at a rally in Dublin
Dublin
to commemorate Seán Russell, an IRA leader with links to Nazi Germany.[12][13][14] In June 2009, McDonald faced criticism after it emerged her campaign office was selling IRA souvenirs and memorabilia.[15][16] In December 2015, McDonald initially backed Thomas "Slab" Murphy, who she described as a "good republican" despite him having been convicted on nine charges of tax evasion, following a trial held in the Special Criminal court after the last person to testify against Murphy in a court was bludgeoned to death after a 1999 court case in Dublin.[17][18] She later failed to back party leader Gerry Adams' assertion that Thomas Murphy is a "good republican" after a BBC Spotlight investigation accused Murphy of being a "mass murderer".[19] At the party Ard Fheis on 18 November 2017, Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
was re-elected party leader, but announced that he would ask the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Chomhairle to call for a special Ard Fheis to be held within three months to choose a new president, and that he would not stand for re-election as TD for Louth in the next election.[20] At the close of nominations to succeed Adams as party leader on 20 January 2018, McDonald was announced as the President-elect of Sinn Féin, as she was the sole nominee to enter the race. She was confirmed as party leader at a special Ard Fheis on 10 February in Dublin.[21] References[edit]

^ "Ms. Mary Lou McDonald". Oireachtas
Oireachtas
Members Database. Retrieved 17 April 2011.  ^ " Mary Lou McDonald confirmed as new leader of Sinn Féin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-20.  ^ "TDs who went to private schools split over cuts". Irish Independent. 2 December 2012.  ^ a b " Mary Lou McDonald MEP Dublin". Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Online. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2016. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ Moriarty, Gerry (14 February 2018). "Why do some unionists fear the Irish language?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 February 2018.  ^ "Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald refuses to leave the Dail – despite being suspended". Irish Independent. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.  ^ "EU elections 2004 results – Dublin". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  ^ " Mary Lou McDonald shortlisted for MEP of the Year Award - An Phoblacht". www.anphoblacht.com.  ^ "Ryan loses out to Higgins in Dublin". RTÉ News. 8 June 2008. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2008.  ^ Croffey, Amy. " Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne
announces his 2012 Political Awards".  ^ "MEP profile". European Parliament. Retrieved 26 January 2012.  ^ Cusack, Jim (6 June 2004). "SF's Nazi hero is stalking candidate Mary Lou". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 May 2008. SINN FEIN'S Mary Lou McDonald has been accused of "warped principles" for participating in a republican commemoration ceremony last year for a Nazi collaborator while standing as a candidate for the European Parliament.  ^ McDonald, Henry (16 January 2005). "This dastardly plot". The Observer. London. Retrieved 25 May 2008. Because if they had really wanted to shine a light into this very dark corner of Irish republican history then the vandals would have been better protesting in Fairview Park, holding seminars to discuss the IRA/Nazi links in the 1940s and publicly challenging anyone, including the Sinn Fein MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald, who rushes to honour Russell as to why they feel it's alright to rally round a statue of one of Adolf Hitler's allies in World War Two.  ^ Colgan, Paul; Callanan, Neil. "Profile: Prime time Shinner". The Sunday Business Post. Archived from the original on 19 October 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2008. She encountered criticism after speaking at a commemoration for IRA volunteer Sean Russell last year.  ^ Sheahan, Fionnan (2 June 2009). "IRA souvenirs sell well in McDonald HQ". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2016.  ^ "Sinn Fein VP Mary Lou Mcdonald slammed for allowing sale of IRA souvenirs". Irish Central. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2016.  ^ Moriarty, Gerry (20 December 2015). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
had little choice but to stand by 'Slab' Murphy". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 December 2015.  ^ O'Connor, Niall; Doyle, Kevin; Cusack, Jim (22 December 2015). "Now Mary Lou backs 'good republican' Slab". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2016.  ^ Ó Cionnaith, Fiachra (5 February 2016). " Mary Lou McDonald stays silent on support for Thomas 'Slab' Murphy". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 29 May 2016.  ^ Doyle, Kevin (18 November 2017). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
to step down as Sinn Féin leader in 2018". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2017.  ^ " Mary Lou McDonald confirmed as new leader of Sinn Féin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 

External links[edit]

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Mary Lou McDonald's page on the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
website Personal profile of Mary Lou McDonald in the European Parliament's database of members

European Parliament

Preceded by Patricia McKenna Green Party Member of the European Parliament for Dublin 2004–2009 Succeeded by Joe Higgins Socialist Party

Party political offices

Preceded by Mitchel McLaughlin Chair of Sinn Féin 2005–2009 Succeeded by Declan Kearney

Preceded by Pat Doherty Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin 2009–2018 Succeeded by Michelle O'Neill

Preceded by Gerry Adams Leader of Sinn Féin 2018–present Incumbent

Oireachtas

Preceded by Cyprian Brady Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Teachta Dála for Dublin
Dublin
Central 2011–present Incumbent

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Current members of Dáil Éireann

As elected to the 32nd Dáil in 2016 Ceann Comhairle: Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Fine Gael
Fine Gael
(50)

Bailey Barrett Breen Brophy Bruton Burke C. Byrne Cannon Carey Corcoran Kennedy Coveney Creed J. Daly D'Arcy Deasy Deering R. Doherty Donohoe Doyle Durkan English Farrell Fitzgerald Fitzpatrick Flanagan Griffin Harris Heydon Humphreys Kehoe E. Kenny Kyne Madigan McEntee McHugh McLoughlin Mitchell O'Connor D. Murphy Eoghan Murphy H. Naughton Neville Noonan O'Connell O'Donovan O'Dowd Phelan Ring Rock Stanton Varadkar§

Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
(44)

Aylward Brassil Breathnach Browne Butler T. Byrne Cahill Calleary Casey Cassells L. Chambers J. Chambers N. Collins Cowen Curran Donnelly Dooley Fleming Gallagher Haughey Kelleher Lahart Lawless M. Martin§ McConalogue Michael McGrath McGuinness A. Moynihan M. Moynihan Murphy O'Mahony Eugene Murphy D. O'Brien O'Callaghan Ó Cuív O'Dea O'Keeffe O'Loughlin O'Rourke Rabbitte Scanlon Brendan Smith Smyth Troy

Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(23)

Adams Brady Buckley Crowe Cullinane P. Doherty Ellis M. Ferris Funchion M. Kenny McDonald§ Mitchell Munster Nolan J. O'Brien Ó Broin Ó Caoláin Ó Laoghaire O'Reilly Ó Snodaigh Quinlivan Stanley Tóibín

Labour Party (7)

Burton Howlin§ Kelly J. O'Sullivan Penrose B. Ryan Sherlock

Solidarity–PBP (6)

Barry Boyd Barrett Coppinger G. Kenny P. Murphy Bríd Smith

Independents 4 Change
Independents 4 Change
(3)

J. Collins C. Daly Wallace

Green Party (2)

C. Martin E. Ryan§

Social Democrats (2)

C. Murphy§ Shortall§

Independent (20)

Broughan Canney† M. Collins Connolly Fitzmaurice Grealish Halligan† Harty Healy D. Healy-Rae M. Healy-Rae Lowry F. McGrath† Mattie McGrath Moran† D. Naughten M. O'Sullivan Pringle Ross† Zappone

§Party leaders Italics = Ministers †Ind. Alliance

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Dublin

Proinsias De Rossa
Proinsias De Rossa
(LAB / PES) Mary Lou McDonald (SF / GUE/NGL) Gay Mitchell
Gay Mitchell
(FG / EPP-ED) Eoin Ryan (FF / UEN)

East

Liam Aylward
Liam Aylward
(FF / UEN) Avril Doyle (FG / EPP-ED) Mairead McGuinness
Mairead McGuinness
(FG / EPP-ED)

North-West

Marian Harkin
Marian Harkin
(IND / ALDE) Jim Higgins (FG / EPP-ED) Seán Ó Neachtain (FF / UEN)

South

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney
(FG / EPP-ED) Brian Crowley
Brian Crowley
(FF / UEN) Kathy Sinnott
Kathy Sinnott
(IND / IND/DEM)

†Substituted by Colm Burke
Colm Burke
(FG / EPP-ED) on 19 June 2007.

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Sinn Féin

History

History of Sinn Féin

Abstentionism

Armalite and ballot box strategy Clann na hÉireann Cumann na nGaedheal (1900) Comhairle na dTeachtaí Éire Nua Election results Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Gaelic American German Plot Provisional IRA Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
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Sinn Féin
MPs Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(newspaper) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Printing & Publishing Company Republican News Republican Sinn Féin United Irishman Willie O'Dea affidavit incident Workers' Party of Ireland 32 County Sovereignty Movement

Leadership

Presidents

Edward Martyn (1905–08) John Sweetman (1908–11) Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1911–17) Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
(1917–26) John J. O'Kelly (Sceilg) (1926–31) Brian O'Higgins
Brian O'Higgins
(1931–33) Michael O'Flanagan (1933–35) Cathal Ó Murchadha (1935–37) Margaret Buckley (1937–50) Paddy McLogan (1950–52) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1952–54) Paddy McLogan (1954–62) Tomás Mac Giolla
Tomás Mac Giolla
(1962–70) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(1970–83) Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1983–2018) Mary Lou McDonald (2018–present)

Vice presidents

John Sweetman (1905–07) Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1905–08; 1917–22) Bulmer Hobson
Bulmer Hobson
(1907–10) Jennie Wyse Power (1911–) Thomas Kelly (1911–) Fr. Michael O'Flanagan (1917–23) P. J. Ruttledge (1923–26) Mary MacSwiney John Madden John J. O'Kelly (1931-33) Margaret Buckley (1933–35; 1952–60) Liam Raul (1933-37) Tom Maguire
Tom Maguire
(1935-37) Seamus Mitchell Padraig de Paor Criostóir O'Neill Michael Traynor (1950–54; 1962) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1950–52; 1954–62) Tony Magan (1960–62) Rory O'Driscoll (1962–63) Larry Grogan (1962–69; 1970–71) Seán Caughey (1963–65) Joe Clarke (1966–72) Cathal Goulding (1969–70) Dáithí Ó Conaill
Dáithí Ó Conaill
(1971–78; 1978–83) Máire Drumm
Máire Drumm
(1972–76) Joe Cahill (1976–78) Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1978–83) Phil Flynn (1983–85) John Joe McGirl (1985–88) Pat Doherty (1988–2009) Mary Lou McDonald (2009–2018) Michelle O'Neill
Michelle O'Neill
(2018–present)

Seanad leaders

Pearse Doherty (2007–10) David Cullinane
David Cullinane
(2011–16) Rose Conway-Walsh
Rose Conway-Walsh
(2016–)

Northern Ireland leaders

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1998–2007) Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(2007–17) Michelle O'Neill
Michelle O'Neill
(2017–)

Chairpersons

Seán MacManus (1984–90) Tom Hartley (1990–96) Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(1996–2005) Mary Lou McDonald (2005–09) Declan Kearney
Declan Kearney
(2009–)

General secretaries

Joe Cahill Cathleen Knowles Tom Hartley (1984–86) Joe Reilly (1986–88) Lucilita Bhreatnach (1988–2003) Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(2003–07) Rita O'Hare
Rita O'Hare
(2007–09) Dawn Doyle
Dawn Doyle
(2009–)

Directors of publicity

Seán Ó Brádaigh (1960–79) Danny Morrison (1979–90) Rita O'Hare
Rita O'Hare
(1990–98) Dawn Doyle
Dawn Doyle
(1998–2008) Rosaleen Doherty (2008–)

Party structures

Leader of Sinn Féin Ardfheis Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Front Bench Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Republican Youth An Phoblacht Friends of Sinn Féin

Presidential candidates

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(2011)

Elected representatives

Dáil Éireann

Gerry Adams John Brady Pat Buckley Seán Crowe David Cullinane Pearse Doherty Dessie Ellis Martin Ferris Kathleen Funchion Martin Kenny Mary Lou McDonald Denise Mitchell Imelda Munster Carol Nolan Jonathan O'Brien Eoin Ó Broin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Louise O'Reilly Aengus Ó Snodaigh Maurice Quinlivan Brian Stanley Peadar Tóibín

Seanad Éireann

Rose Conway-Walsh Máire Devine Paul Gavan Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Niall Ó Donnghaile Fintan Warfield

European Parliament

Martina Anderson Lynn Boylan Matt Carthy Liadh Ní Riada

Northern Ireland Assembly

Caoimhe Archibald Cathal Boylan Michaela Boyle Linda Dillon Jemma Dolan Sinéad Ennis Megan Fearon Órlaithí Flynn Colm Gildernew Declan Kearney Catherine Kelly Gerry Kelly Seán Lynch Alex Maskey Declan McAleer Raymond McCartney Fra McCann Philip McGuigan Ian Milne Karen Mullan Conor Murphy Carál Ní Chuilín John O'Dowd Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Michelle O'Neill Emma Rogan Pat Sheehan

House of Commons (Abstentionist)

Mickey Brady Michelle Gildernew Chris Hazzard Paul Maskey Elisha McCallion Barry McElduff Francie Molloy

Lists

List of current Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
elected representatives

Alliances

European United Left–Nordic Green Left

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Party leaders in Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster
(DUP) Gerry Adams, TD (Sinn Féin) Mike Nesbitt (UUP) Colum Eastwood
Colum Eastwood
(SDLP) Naomi Long
Naomi Long
(Alliance) Jim Allister
Jim Allister
QC (TUV) St

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