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Adams to lead Sinn Fein for three more years

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

GERRY ADAMS plans to cling to the Sinn Fein leadership for at least another three years, despite already being in the job for three decades.

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The Sinn Fein president is kick-starting a long-term campaign by the party to have a referendum in the North by 2020 on the creation of a united Ireland.

Mr Adams dismissed suggestions he was too divisive a figure to front such a campaign given his association to the Troubles and alleged past as an IRA leader. And he did not accept his baggage means he should pass the leadership to a member of the younger generation.

He said he will step down as leader "when the time comes". "But that time isn't now. I have work to do," he said.

Irish Independent

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