Mary Lou must be longing for some much needed reflection

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald had a good abortion referendum campaign, but a bad presidential election, writes Alison O'Connor

It’s not easy being Mary Lou McDonald at the moment. The Sinn Féin leader must be looking to the Christmas break with some degree of longing as a time not just for relaxation, but also some much-needed reflection.

It is a truism in politics to say that you can never predict how someone — no matter what their track record in politics, or their years served in Leinster House — will perform when appointed to the job of party leader.

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