Bright young things

Fresh policy initiatives may have been thin on the ground at the Ard Fheis, but Sinn Féin certainly weren’t lacking in brand new young candidates for the local and European elections.

While 'Mary Lou McDonald fatigue' may be setting in already, due to the Dublin European election candidate appearing to be umbilically attached to Gerry Adams' and Martin McGuinness's shoulders for the past six months, there were plenty of other less high profile prospects on display.

No secret is made of the fact the party has high hopes that the slickly presented Ms McDonald won't just be chalking down the European election to experience, but rather has a real chance of taking a seat in Brussels.

Certainly, running in the European elections didn't do any harm to Martin Ferris, Seán Crowe and Arthur Morgan now all TDs.

Not as saccharine sweet as his Dublin counterpart, but arguably far more impressive was Pearse Doherty, the European election candidate in the North-West constituency, certainly one to watch for the future particularly the 2007 general election.

Similarly, with his curious slight resemblance to Eamon De Valera, David Cullinane from Waterford and John Dwyer from Wexford, the candidates from South and East respectively, will also be there or thereabouts in three years time.

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