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McDonald to become Sinn Fein President on February 10th

22 January 2018, 01:45 | Louis Holland

Gerry Adams has been Sinn Féin leader since 1983

Gerry Adams has been Sinn Féin leader since 1983

Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party.

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

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

"I want to see Sinn Fein in government north and south", McDonald said.

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Nicknamed "Marmite Mary" because she divides opinion sharply, Ms McDonald is the TD (member of the Irish Parliament) for Dublin Central and began her political life as a member of Fianna Fail, one of Ireland's two mainstream political parties.

Addressing the Belfast meeting, Ms McDonald said she believes her leadership will mark a defining chapter in the achievement of a United Ireland.

Mrs McDonald called on supporters at Sinn Fein's AGM to "build our new Ireland", and a special party conference to ratify a new leader will be held on 10 February.

Current deputy leader Ms McDonald said that while nobody could fill the shoes of Republican veteran Mr Adams, "the news is that I brought my own".

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"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".

Sky News Ireland Correspondent David Blevins said the change in leadership was "significant", adding that Mrs McDonald is the first woman to lead Sinn Fein and comes from a middle class background.

She also said: "I believe we are capable of achieving anything that we set our minds to".

I am proud and honoured to be nominated for Uachtarán Shinn Féin.

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