Mary Lou McDonald to replace Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader

Hope Soto
January 21, 2018

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is taking a step toward new leadership, as Mary Lou McDonald became the only candidate to replace outgoing leader Gerry Adams.

Gerry Adams has been leader of Sinn Féin since 1983, and announced his intention to stand down a year ago.

Ms McDonald will be formally ratified at a special Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin. Ms O'Reilly said Ms McDonald was "a strong republican woman to take us forward" and Mr Ferris used a video posted on Twitter to encourage all party members to support her. Fiachra McGuinness, son of the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, also endorsed Ms McDonald.

"Well, the truth is that no one will ever fill Gerry Adams's shoes".

"The truth is, and so many of you have said to me quite correctly "you have very big shoes to fill".

"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".

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She added; "I never thought come February 10 I would be the boss man!"

In Belfast, Mr Adams, the Sinn Fein party president for three decades, said: 'We need to have a party that's fit for objective, we need to have a plan.

"I want to see Sinn Fein in government north and south", McDonald said. She was appointed Sinn Fein's deputy leader in 2009 and has represented central Dublin in the Irish parliament since 2011.

Sinn Fein is now the third biggest party in the Republic of Ireland and the second biggest party in Northern Ireland.

Ms McDonald was confirmed as the sole nominee for the position following a party meeting in Belfast on Saturday.

"Uniting this island is the best outcome for all our citizens and it is now our task to convince our unionist friends and neighbours of that and to encourage them to help us build a new Ireland".

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