‘Come home and be part of the new Ireland’ – Mary Lou McDonald’s call to arms delivered to audience of enthralled exiles in Australia

“I mean, Liverpool,” Mary Lou McDonald said. “There is a debate as to whether it is in fact English.” Laughter broke out at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra and the sole Liverpudlian in the audience gave the Sinn Féin leader a thumbs-up as she spoke of her wish for Britain to become “good neighbours” again with Ireland.

s McDonald had, by this stage, been speaking for over an hour to assembled journalists, press club members, trade unionists, local MPs, business and academic types and ambassadors.

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