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23rd May 2020

Mary Lou McDonald confident she’d have a ‘real chance of winning’ a rap battle against Leo Varadkar

Sarah Finnan

Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald was a guest on new radio station Quarantine FM.

Speaking to Quarantine FM host Kate McKeown – one half of the QuaranQueen duo and co-founder of the new station – Mary Lou gave her take on all manner of topics, from the weird to the wonderful to the positively wacky. Putting a call out on their social media, Quarantine FM asked the public to submit all their burning questions for Mary Lou McDonald and they didn’t fail to deliver.

Things started off fairly routinely with the first question asking how a South Dublin girl found her way to Sinn Fein, to which Mary Lou replied:

“I always kind of had a curiosity and an interest… I wanted politics that was very much about Ireland, Irish interest, Irish democracy, ending partition. But also about politics that was about social progress and social justice.”

However, the interview took an unconventional turn as Kate posed some of listeners’ more rogue questions to Mary Lou, asking what songs she sang to her children when they were younger, how the politician would be spending her time in quarantine if she were an unemployed millennial and whether she’d ever try to “solve her issues with Leo V through the medium of rap battle”.

Dubbing the question “inspired”, Mary Lou reckons she would stand a “real chance of winning that battle”. Some might say that’s fighting talk, however, whether we’ll ever get to see such a showdown remains to be seen.

Mary Lou also gave her two cents on the possibility of the country’s first female Taoiseach. Saying that she’s in favour of the move, the Sinn Fein leader dubbed it “long overdue” – adding that “the time is right now for a woman to assume the head of government”.

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