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Firm Stan-ce Mary Lou McDonald says she will not ask Brian Stanley to resign

Brian is absolutely excellent and outstanding at anything - but not at Twitter”

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she will not be asking TD Brian Stanley to resign on Today with Claire Byrne, following recent controversies with his tweets.

Mr Stanley had previously come under fire for several tweets, including one from three years ago referencing Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s sexuality.

“If I thought that this was a resigning matter I would have said that to Brian, and I wouldn’t have flinched from that,” Ms McDonald said.

She added that it was Mr Stanley’s decision to deactivate his Twitter account.

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“Brian is absolutely excellent and outstanding at anything - but not at Twitter,” she said.

More recently, there was an incident in which a member of Sinn Féin visited the home of Christine O’Mahony - a member of UCD Ógra Sinn Féin - and told her to take down tweets of hers which were critical of Mr Stanley. Ms O’Mahony has since left the party.

“I would have a huge issue with anyone going to anybody's door and saying they can’t be critical of anything they want,” Ms McDonald said.

“Anybody can criticise Sinn Féin, I’m often critical of the party myself. Nobody is trying to censor anyone.”

According to Ms McDonald, someone from Ms O’Mahony’s cumann went to her door, and it would not be unusual for cumann members to knock on each other’s homes.

“I know everyone in my cumann, they all know me. I wouldn’t think twice about knocking on a cumann member’s door - it wouldn’t occur to me that it was a problem.”

“These cumann structures are very, very local,” she said. “Obviously in this case, an exception was taken to somebody knocking on the door, but I can’t allow you to create an entirely false perception that some anonymous, unknown figure landed on somebody’s door.”

The Dublin Central TD was also questioned about recent polling figures that found only 55pc of Sinn Féin supporters would take the Covid-19 vaccine.

“There will be concerns for citizens - upstanding people. Sane, rational, thoughtful people,” Ms McDonald said. “I don’t think we should create a very defensive atmosphere around that.”

“I actually think it’s important that people can have their concerns aired and have their concerns addressed.”

“I will have my vaccine as soon as soon as I am eligible for it…. Vaccines save lives.”

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