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Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald declares she has ‘zero tolerance’ for ‘this criminality and thuggery’ after Dowdall tapes

  • Published: 22:56, 2 Dec 2022
  • Updated: 22:56, 2 Dec 2022

SINN Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has declared that she has “zero tolerance” for the criminality and thuggery seen before Ireland’s courts.

The politician was speaking on RTE’s Late Late Show this evening.

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonaldCredit: PA:Press Association
Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy interviewed the politician
Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy interviewed the politicianCredit: Andres Poveda

Earlier this week, secret recordings of conversations between Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall were played in court as part of the Regency Hotel shooting trial.

Gerry Hutch is accused of murdering Kinahan cartel mobster Daniel Byrne.

During the recordings, Dowdall is heard criticising Mary Lou McDonald for not going to the funeral of Eddie Hutch – the Monk’s brother who was shot dead as part of the Kinahan Hutch feud.

Dowdall also made allegations that the Sinn Fein leader used the Hutch family for money and votes.

Mary Lou McDonald denied the claims made in the recording and said she has no links to the Monk.

Speaking on the Late Late Show tonight, she further added that she has “zero tolerance” for criminality and feels “very strongly” on the issue.

She said: “Anybody who knows me and who knows my track record actually knows how I feel very strongly on these issues.

“Obviously I can’t comment on specific individuals who are before the courts but be in absolutely no doubt – my position is of zero tolerance for this kind of criminality and thuggery.

“And anybody who is involved in it, I don’t care who they are, I don’t care what their family name is, their surname. They have to be held to account.”

Jonathan Dowdall and his father Patrick were recently jailed for their roles in the Regency Hotel shooting.

Mary Lou McDonald came under pressure earlier this month when it emerged that she had received a €1,000 donation from Dowdall in 2011.

Mary Lou McDonald has said she was “profoundly shocked” to hear of Jonathan Dowdall’s criminal activity and said Sinn Fein has no notion of his wrong doing.

Later on the show, the Sinn Fein leader spoke on the prospect of becoming Taoiseach one day.

She said: “I’m very conscious that the person who leads government and who leads the country takes on a huge responsibility.

“You take on the responsibility to lead for everyone and we’re living through times where we have a housing crisis, we have a crisis in health care provision, I’m very concerned that so many of our young people are again finding themselves forced to leave the country.

“We need to stop that. We need to keep the talent, the energy and the brilliance of our young people at home.

“It’s a huge job of work – of course you’d be foolhardy not to feel a little bit of pressure of that.”

She added: “This is a great country. We have huge potential, huge opportunities, we can do so much better than we are doing now.

“And I would relish the opportunity to demonstrate how a woman would be Taoiseach, how a republican would be Taoiseach and how we could lead positively in the time ahead.”

Mary Lou McDonald with ex-Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall
Mary Lou McDonald with ex-Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall

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