New Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said she does not want anybody to have a bad experience within the party.

Addressing allegations of bullying within Sinn Féin, Ms McDonald said party members, for the most part, go about their activism in a friendly constructive way.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, she acknowledged that there were individual incidents which she wanted to resolve.

She said she is setting in train two separate initiatives.

Ms McDonald said one would be focused on local councillors to provide support, training and assistance for people who are at the front line.

She also said she would be having a deep dialogue with the party’s grassroots base.

Ms McDonald said the reality is that for Sinn Féin to deal with an allegation of bullying within the party, it has to be dealt with.

She said that the party has an independent complaints procedure, and that she did not "circle the wagons" in relation to Máiría Cahill and Noeleen Reilly.

Ms McDonald also said she wants to maximise the party's mandate, and said that although she has not set a figure, she hopes to exceed 30 seats in the next election.

On the North, Ms McDonald said the talks had been frustrating but Sinn Féin want the institutions to work and deliver.

Asked about any compromise on Acht na Gaeilge, she said they had made progress on all of the issues but were not across the line yet.

She said she believed a deal was possible but that was not to say it is done and dusted.

However, Ms McDonald said they are now in a decisive phase.