McDonald and the future of Sinn Fein…

More Hardtalk, in which Stephen Sackur talks to Mary Lou McDonald, scion of a Fianna Fail family and now leading Sinn Fein’s charm offensive on the middle class south of the border. A cool performance, which gives no hostages to fortune. Stickiest moment, is the question on her decision to abstain on the European vote for money for the McCartney family, and the passage that follows in which she all but denies IRA men were involved in the killing. For all the considerable promise McDonald represents, the party is still politically on defensive.

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