Mary Lou McDonald
|Mary Lou McDonald
|Vice President of Sinn Féin|
|Preceded by||Pat Doherty|
|Member of the European Parliament|
June 2004 – June 2009
1 May 1969 |
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin,
University of Limerick,
Dublin City University
Mary Lou McDonald (born 1 May 1969) is an Irish politician, the Vice-President of Sinn Féin and a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin Central. McDonald was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), from 2004 to 2009 representing the Dublin constituency.
Born in Dublin, McDonald was educated at Notre Dame Des Missions in Churchtown, Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, studying English Literature, European Integration Studies and Human Resource Management. Her career to date has her involved in diverse roles, including consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, the Institute of European Affairs researcher and trainer in the Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust.
Originally a member of Fianna Fáil, she left the party in 1998 in opposition to its economic and social policies. During this time she also served as Leas-Chathaoirleach (Vice-Chair) of the Irish National Congress republican organisation. Her sister Joanne is a member of the republican group éirígí.
McDonald first ran for office when she unsuccessfully contested the Dublin West constituency for Sinn Féin at the 2002 general election, polling 8.02% of first preference votes. She was an unsuccessful candidate in the Dublin Central constituency at the 2007 general election.
She contested Dublin Central again in the 2011 general election this time picking up 13.1% of first preference votes; she was successful in picking up the last seat in the constituency ahead of the Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Fitzpatrick.
In 2004 McDonald became Sinn Féin's first Member of the European Parliament in the Republic of Ireland when she was elected at the 2004 European Parliament election for the Dublin constituency, receiving over 60,000 first preference votes. She served as one of two Sinn Féin MEPs (the other being Bairbre de Brún representing Northern Ireland). In 2007 she was shortlisted for the 'MEP of the Year' award by the European Parliament magazine for ‘making the most valuable contribution in the field of employment policy.  During her time in office she led the Sinn Féin "No" campaign against the Treaty of Lisbon, which was rejected in Ireland 2008. McDonald sat as a member of the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee, and as a substitute of the Civil Liberties Committee.
For the 2009 European Parliament election, the number of seats for Dublin in the European Parliament was reduced from four to three. McDonald was in a tight race for the last seat against Fianna Fáil's Eoin Ryan and the Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins. McDonald lost her seat to the Socialist Party candidate, being eliminated at the fifth count. Her first preference vote had declined to nearly 48,000. It was announced that she would be running in Dublin Central at the 2011 general election, and she was elected as a TD on the eighth count.
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- Cusack, Jim (6 June 2004). "SF's Nazi hero is stalking candidate Mary Lou". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 May 2008. "SINN FEIN'S Mary Lou McDonald has been accused of "warped principles" for participating in a republican commemoration ceremony last year for a Nazi collaborator while standing as a candidate for the European Parliament."
- McDonald, Henry (16 January 2005). "This dastardly plot". The Observer (London). Retrieved 25 May 2008. "Because if they had really wanted to shine a light into this very dark corner of Irish republican history then the vandals would have been better protesting in Fairview Park, holding seminars to discuss the IRA/Nazi links in the 1940s and publicly challenging anyone, including the Sinn Fein MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald, who rushes to honour Russell as to why they feel it's alright to rally round a statue of one of Adolf Hitler's allies in World War Two."
- Colgan, Paul; Callanan, Neil. "Profile: Prime time Shinner". The Sunday Business Post. Archived from the original on 14 March 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2008. "She encountered criticism after speaking at a commemoration for IRA volunteer Sean Russell last year."
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