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Their day.

It’s coming.

Outcome of vote shows ‘disregard for people of Ireland’ – McDonald (RTÉ)

Zero tariffs on EU goods coming into NI in no-deal Brexit (RTÉ)

Earlier: Derek Mooney: Leaderless Top the End

 Former Senator Mairia Cahill speaking to media outside Government Buildings last night after meeting with Sinn Féin party leader Mary Lou McDonald

Saying the meeting started with a handshake, but didn’t end with one, Ms Cahill told the Belfast Telegraph: “As far I’m concerned Mary Lou McDonald has abdicated her responsibility over this.”

In a statement following the meeting, Mrs McDonald described her conversation with Mairia Cahill as “lengthy and candid”.

‘It was distressing to listen to the nonsense’: Mairia Cahill speaks out after meeting with Sinn Fein president (Belfast Telegraph)



Yesterday: ‘I Have No Feeling In The Left-Hand Side Of My Face’


Máiría Cahill and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald

This afternoon.

At 4pm.

Former Labour Senator Máiría Cahill is scheduled to meet Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

Ms Cahill is the granddaughter of Frank Cahill, brother of leading Sinn Fein member and subsequent IRA Chief of Staff Joe Cahill.

In 2010, Ms Cahill alleged that she was repeatedly raped by prominent IRA member Martin Morris when she was 16 and that her allegations were dismissed by a Sinn Fein ‘kangaroo’ court while the alleged abuser was subsequently moved to Donegal.

Ms Cahill also alleged former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was aware of the allegations and failed to take action.

In 2014,  Mr Morris, who denied the allegation, was acquitted after his trial collapsed.

The trial collapsed after Ms Cahill, and two other women who alleged Mr Morris abused them, withdrew their evidence citing a loss of confidence in how the case was being handled.

Last month, the Ombudsman, in Northern Ireland, found that the women were failed by the PSNI and recommended that four officers be disciplined.

Ahead of her meeting with Ms McDonald, Ms Cahill spoke to Áine Lawlor on RTÉ’s News At One.

During the interview, they had the following exchange:

Aine Lawlor: “It’s been four years, as you say, since you first went public on [BBC] Spotlight. What personal price have you paid?”

Máiría Cahill: “Horrendous. My health has suffered, Áine, on a number of fronts. Mentally, I’m kind of, quite OK, I suppose I’m a but stubborn. But I have, at the minute, no feeling in the left-hand side of my face, for example. Or in my mouth, because I woke up, in the aftermath of the Ombudsman report, unable to feel that.

We’re still trying to find the root cause of that. I’ve had to take a lot of time off work. My family relationships, the wider family relationships have suffered because some of those people still claim allegiance to the Republican movement for example.

“I think I was treated despicably by Sinn Féin and their members, graffiti went up on the walls of West Belfast, in the area which I was raped for example. You know, quite a public shaming of someone who came forward essentially looking for an admission and that was all I wanted, for people to admit that it was wrong. And it shouldn’t have happened.

“To date, that hasn’t happened. And I’d like to think that someone from Sinn Féin would have a modicum of decency around them to finally admit that.”

Previously: Falls Memory Syndrome



From top Máiría Cahill; Sinn Féin President Mary Louy McDonald

Further to the publication this morning of a Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland report that found Máiría Cahill was failed by a “disjointed police investigation”.

Ms Cahill, a former Labour Party Senator and now SDLP councillor in Lisburn and Castlereagh County Council, said she was raped by an IRA member between 1997-98 and subjected to an IRA investigation into her claims including a face to face meeting with her alleged rapist in 2000.

A subsequent trial later collapsed and MS Cahill had criticised the handling of her case.

This afternoon, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:

“I welcome the publication of the Ombudsman’s report and the fact that the PSNI have accepted and will implement the recommendations of that report.

Abuse has scarred too many lives across Ireland. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. I have no doubt that the three women at the heart of this report have been through an ordeal.

I want to commend their bravery, in particular the bravery of Mairia Cahill for waiving her anonymity.

Sinn Féin has robust procedures in place for mandatory reporting of abuse. I deeply regret that these procedures were not in place at the time of Máiría Cahill’s disclosure. For this I unreservedly apologise.”

Mary Lou McDonald responds to Police Ombudsman’s report (Sinn Féin)


Ms Cahill said on Twitter that she is not satisfied with Ms McDonald’s apology.

McDonald apologises to alleged abuse victim Cahill for ordeal (RTÉ)


This morning.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) met with Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May (top ) ahead of Ms May giving a speech in Belfast this morning about Brexit.

Ms McDonald spoke to Philip Boucher Hayes on RTÉ Radio One after they met.

From the interview…

Mary Lou McDonald:It seems to me that she has come to Ireland to deliver a speech that really represents picking a fight with Ireland and picking a fight with the EU. I have put it to her that the rhetoric around protecting the Good Friday Agreement, in all of its parts, the rhetoric around preventing any hardening of the border is just that – it’s rhetoric. And it superseded entirely by her instinct, her desire to play to the Brexiteer gallery back in Britain and within he DUP. So it was a firm meeting a very challenging meeting. I said to her, umpteen times and I reiterated it again – a) that Ireland cannot and will not be the collateral damage of the Tory/Brexit. I have to tell you Philip I came away from that meeting with no sense of reassurance…

Philip Boucher Hayes: “Let’s break it down bit by bit Mary Lou. What was her reaction to your suggestion that Britain was picking a fight with Ireland?”

Mary Lou McDonald: “Of course she rejects that. I think you will see and you will hear when the, when her speech is delivered shortly that it is very much posited as a Unionist speech. I mean, there’s no great surprise in that. Theresa May is a Unionist and that’s fair enough.

“But she is particularly tone deaf to politics here in this part of Ireland. She doesn’t seem to have any deep appreciation of the fact that some 50% of the population would not ascribe to themselves the definition or the identity of Unionist. She seems to have only a very superficial understanding that the north of Ireland is a place apart…this place isn’t as British essentially, things are different here. And Ireland, the island, the North, in particular, but the island as a whole, because of the particularities here, requires a bespoke solution and absolutely needs a worst case scenario contingency plan – the backstop as it’s called…”

Listen back in full here

Pic: Paul Reilly



David Blevins (Sky News): “Prime Minister, you said the EU backstop would be a breach of the Good Friday Agreement because the majority of people here wish to remain in the UK. But the majority of people here have also voted to remain in the EU. So are you not now in breach of the Good Friday Agreement?”

Theresa May: “I think, if we look at what happened in the referendum. A decision was taken that, across the United Kingdom, people would be asked their view on whether or not to leave the European Union. And parliament said and Government said that it would accept that collective view that was taken across the United Kingdom and that is exactly what we are doing. And within the UK there were different votes in different parts of the UK but, overall, the result was that people wanted to leave the EU and we’re delivering on that and I believe that it’s an important part of our, of people’s trust in politics, given that parliament said it was the overall choice of the people of the UK, that we respect that overall choice that they took.”

This morning.

Leader’s Questions.

Ain’t that the truth.


Earlier: A Limerick A Day


YOU decide.

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald with Lousie O’Reilly TD this morning

The Sunday Times/B&A poll suggests Sinn Féin are the most popular opposition party, up 3 points to 24 per cent support.

They’ve overtaken Fianna Fáil who are down 2 to 23 per cent.

New Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has a satisfaction rating of 52 per cent, one per cent behind Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The poll also suggests a three point drop for Fine Gael who are down to 30.

That poll was done between May 3rd and 15th among 935 people.


The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll puts Fine Gael up 2 to 34 per cent, Fianna Fáil unchanged on 25 per cent support and Sinn Féin up 2 to 16 points.

Their survey of 1000 adults between May 10th and 16th suggests people are putting the blame for the CervicalCheck scandal at the feet of the HSE.

Sinn Féin see approval rating boost under new leader Mary Lou McDonald (Irish Examiner)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2/

Eili Nic Mhathúna aged 2 (top) among Pro-Life activists urging the Health Minister “to protect women from the abortion industry while, above, Sinn Féin Party leader Mary Lou McDonald talks to the media as Dáil and Seanad colleagues mark International Women’s Day with a protest urging support for the “Votes for Repeal” march (see below) and rally this evening.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Free tonight?

Votes For Repeal 2018 Rally

Earlier: A Pro-Life Pattern


This evening.

Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Pics: Mark Stedman