GERARD HOWLIN: Sinn Féin’s McDonald has been a good soldier, in civilian clothes

By teatime on Saturday, Mary Lou McDonald will be president of Sinn Féin. It will have been 35 years since Gerry Adams took over from Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.

President-elect and current deputy leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald addresses supporters at the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast. Picture: Niall Carson

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