Gerry Adams will be standing down as Sinn Fein president next year after more than two decades at the helm of the party.
Adams announced his intention to stand down on Saturday, telling the Sinn Fein ard fhéis (party conference) in Dublin: “Leadership means knowing when it is time for change”.
The 69-year-old republican veteran also said that he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament at the next election.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in the RDS, Dublin.” alt=”Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in the RDS, Dublin.” data-credit=”PA Wire/PA Images” data-portal-copyright=”PA Wire/PA Images” data-provider=”pressassociation” data-provider-asset-id=”2.33784615″ data-has-syndication-rights=”false”>
Adams has been party president since 1983.
He told the conference: “I have always seen myself as a team player and a team builder.
“I have complete confidence in the leaders we elected this weekend and in the next generation of leaders.
“I want to thank everyone who has welcomed me into their homes and communities and who have made me part of countless campaigns, countless elections and countless negotiations.”
The #SFAF17 comes to a close https://t.co/9cGK1IrIXO
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) November 18, 2017 …