Lou Mcdonald, Northern Ireland, Mary Lou Mcdonald discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
Among the upheavals which have roiled Western democracies in recent years and amid pandemic, which has consumed the entire world. In recent months, it is easy to overlook. This past February, when citizens of the Republic of Ireland voted in a general election. They voted in unprecedented numbers fishing fine. The party long known as the political wing of the IRA from one, thousand, nine, hundred, three until two, thousand, Eighteen, Shin Feigns President was Gerry. Adams also a long serving senior. IRA commander notwithstanding his long maintained fiction that he was never even a member of the organization shouldn't find will lead into February's election by a new president. Mary. Lou McDonald. This week's guest on the foreign desk. Mary Lou McDonald is also a new kind of Xinfang president having had no involvement with the IRA and hailing from the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland or as she and other. Irish Republicans prefer to call it the north of Ireland while McDonald clearly represented enough of a break with the IRA to reassure Irish voters who gave Shin finey largest tally of first preference votes. It was not enough to reassure Ireland's of the political parties. The establishment rivals of fina foil and Finna Gale agreed an unprecedented coalition to keep Shin Fain out of government and thereby confine McDonald's ambitions for the moment at least two leading the opposition Judah Covid nineteen travel restrictions we spoke with Mary Lou McDonald via Zoom from her Dublin Home Office, decorated with portraits of the Irish Republican Pantheon. This is the foreign desk. I want to thank deputy periods, stalkers he and Deputy Clare. Koran for proposing and second me for the position of t shirt. And in the in in line with the team of change, I think is only appropriate to knows thus. Today. For the first time a nominee from apart older than from Fan Finna gale has managed to garner the gracious number of votes. Perhaps that makes us winners again. We're a small population were in Ireland. And it takes time for the wing of change to turn. But I I believe that his I don't buy into. Yes. The people have ocean fish in anger. They didn't really mean analysis I think that's wrong is actually grossly underestimate the capacity of the Irish people and also that palpable palpable sense the politics light changing on our ride in for the Basher. New Story..