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Next Leader of Sinn Fein – Mary Lou?

January 20th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Irish Politics

Paddy Power opened a book on the next leader of Sinn Fein at the beginning of the year, following the first set of allegations in the UTV Live Insight programme regarding Gerry Adams and what he knew about allegations of abuse against his brother Liam Adams.

Reading a post by Mick Fealty today regarding the prospects facing Gerry Adams and Peter Robinson given their current ‘difficulties’ I was struck by the mention of Mary Lou as next leader in the bookies predictions.  The odds place Mary Lou McDonald at 4/5 followed by Conor Murphy MLA at 5/1.

Given the mess that is Sinn Fein in the south in recent months, with resignations of key figures, departures of staff and a lack of focus politically,  I would have thought that Mary Lou’s shine would be tarnished.

I confess to not being too au fait with Sinn Fein politics except to know they are in a mess,  but Mary Lou is unelected and unsuccessful as a candidate in two elections. And sure what does Paddy Power know about politics?

Mick thinks that Sinn Fein will stay with the devil it knows.  I’d say wait until we see what Suzanne Breen brings us in this weekends Sunday Tribune.  (The Rape Crisis Centre in Belfast issued a statement in support of Suzanne’s conduct in her investigations of SF cover up’s on abuse allegations)

By the way it was nice to see so much of Arthur Morgan TD  in the Dáil today, he’s been missing a lot for the past three weeks or so, hiding from the media trying to get answers on Liam Adam’s membership of Sinn Fein in Louth.



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