Sinn Fein Deputy Leader McDonald To Replace Gerry Adams As President

Ray Weaver
January 22, 2018

Gerry Adams has been the president of the party since 1983 but in 2017, announced he would be resigning from his post.

TWO-THIRDS OF voters have said that Mary Lou McDonald's leadership of Sinn Féin would not make them more likely to vote for the party.

"But I have brought my own shoes and together, with all of the party membership, we will walk on a journey that will lead to Irish unity".

Deputy McDonald's succession to president-elect comes after Gerry Adams a year ago announced he would be standing down as his party's leader in 2018.

Earlier, Gerry Adams said that the current political atmosphere in Northern Ireland was "toxic".

Mrs McDonald, an English literature graduate from Trinity College Dublin, was the only person to put her name forward for the role before nominations closed on Friday.

Several party members took to Twitter to express their support for Ms McDonald.

"This is also my last Ard Fheis as Uachtaran Sinn Fein - I will be asking the incoming Ard Comhairle to agree a date in 2018 for a special Ard Fheis to elect a new Uachtaran".

He said his father was a "huge admirer of her ideas, dedication and commitment", and that she was the "ideal candidate to lead Sinn Fein into the future".

Mr Adams added: "Separate development and negative divisions are not good for our community".

Several rounds of talks aimed at ending the political stalemate ended without agreement. "Leadership means knowing when it is time for change and that time is now", said the 69-year-old Adams at the time.

He also stated: "It is not in the interests of the vast majority of citizens that political parties should retreat to our trenches and hunker down comfortably in the certainty of our respective positions".

I believe we are capable of achieving anything that we set our minds to.

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