Mary Lou McDonald delivered her first address as Sinn Féin party president to the annual Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York on Thursday evening, November 8. The packed gathering was told that Brexit was a disaster for Ireland, north and south. “There is an onus on of us all to protect Irish interests. Sinn Féin has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Taoiseach and with European leaders to defend the interests of our peace agreements, our economy and our people. In the face of British bad faith and intransigence the Taoiseach must stand firm and the Irish government must be resolute,” McDonald said. Photo by Nuala Purcell.