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Bullish Sinn Fein leader has eyes on power; Mary Lou McDonald claims victory in Irish election as talks start over coalition government

Feb 11, 2020 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

MARY LOU MCDONALD, the Sinn Féin president, said she "may well be the next taoiseach" with her party on course to have the second largest bloc of MPs in Ireland's new parliament. The latest seat projection underlined the rupture to the Irish political landscape with Sinn Féin expected to have 37 MPs ? only two behind Fianna Fáil.

For the first time Fine Gael, the ruling party, has been relegated to third position on 35 seats. "Based on these numbers it is very difficult to see how a gov...