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Mary Lou McDonald joins Late Late Show line-up

Mary Lou McDonald pictured appearing on The Late Late Show in April 2020. She will appear on the show as a guest tonight. Picture: RTÉ
Paul Ainsworth

SINN Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has been confirmed to appear as a guest on tonight's Late Late Show on RTÉ.

The Dublin TD is appearing following her appearances last week on BBC NI and UTV in which she spoke of the recent 'up the Ra' video targeting former DUP leader Arlene Foster.

Ms McDonald attracted criticism after telling BBC's Sunday Politics show that the video taken by South Armagh woman Sinead Murtagh, showing her chanting 'ooh ah up the Ra' at Ms Foster at a Belfast awards event, should not be compared to chanting by the Ireland women's soccer team following a World Cup playoff victory over Scotland.

The Sinn Féin leader said chanting of the line from the Wolfe Tones' song Celtic Symphony was similar to chanting of a lyric containing a swear word from the song Living Next Door to Alice by British band Smokie.

Ms McDonald last appeared on RTÉ's Late Late Show, presented by Ryan Tubridy, in April 2020, when she discussed her recovery after contracting Covid.

RTÉ said tonight's appearance will see her discuss Sinn Féin's "performance in the polls, what a united Ireland might look like, and her reaction to Shane Ross's biography about her".

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