DANIEL MCCONNELL: There’s no denying Mary Lou’s sex appeal

Mary Lou McDonald has that intangible X-factor that few others in politics have and has used all of her considerable skills — including her attractiveness — to climb the ranks of Sinn Féin in a relatively short time. Like Margaret Thatcher she has exploited her gender positively, making herself the obvious choice to succeed Gerry Adams, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Old-school hostilities between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin disappearing fast

Cast your mind back to 2009, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Michael D Higgins to decide if there’s a presidential campaign

Last Sunday, the great and the good gathered on a cold and breezy O’Connell St for the annual Easter Rising commemoration, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Martin may rue failure to effect change

The appointment of young Dublin West TD Jack Chambers was the sum total of change to the Fianna Fáil front bench in the reshuffle announced by Micheál Martin on Thursday, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: 32 TDs tried to deny you your say

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. All 32 of you.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: An utterly avoidable gaffe as Leo lets hubris cloud his judgment

What was he thinking?, asks Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: State of denial persists around abortion

I am the father of two small kids. There is nothing I would not do for them. I cherish every day I have with them.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Teflon Taoiseach riding the wave of popularity

Just what is going on?

He is 262 days in office but he has already lost a Tánaiste.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Little to suggest Sinn Féin, even under Mary Lou, is fit for office

THE King is dead, long live the Queen, says Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Opportunity may be knocking for Leo to gain historic third term

He is not a gambler, he is a mathematician. He plots three, four steps ahead. He will not risk a Theresa May calamity on the basis of two or three polls. He genuinely wants this to go on, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: €200m mortgage scheme set to be a disaster

State-sponsored sub-prime lending. That is what the Government announced this week and it is a disaster waiting to happen.

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