Gerry Adams Stands Down as Sinn Féin Leader 2018. It is time for change
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year.
Mr Adams also said he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at the next election.
Speaking at the Sinn Féin ard fhéis (party conference) in Dublin, Mr Adams said it would be his last as leader.
“Leadership means knowing when it’s time for change and that time is now,” Mr Adams said.
The 69-year-old TD (member of the Irish parliament) for County Louth has been party president since 1983.
Adams was surrounded by party colleagues after his announcement. A popular and successful leader he will be difficult to replace
A date for his departure will be decided in the next few weeks.
Sinn Féin may hope that Mr Adams’ decision not to stand in the next Irish election will make any talks about a future coalition in Dublin more straightforward.
Quote: Adams – I have always seen myself as a team player, as a team builder
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