I do remember Mary Lou running in one of the Dublin seats last time around, which prompted talk at the time of her as a possible successor. Do you know if she ran again this time? I agree that Gerry may not be so secure in his position as SF leader, especially as he will be expected to stand up and speak in the Dail and debate with experienced politicians about all the harsh problems that the Republic still has to deal with. Unlike in NI, he won't be able to hide behind the language of the troubles which he did when dealing with the Unionists or the British Government. Once he starts looking stupid in the Dail then the sharks will start to circle amongst the younger SF members.
He was mocked already last week while giving an interview. He equated the USC (universal social charge) with terrorism ....oh how we laughed....
Edit, fond the exact quote.
"act of gross terrorism G Adams...clown