Adams does not intend to step down
Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30
He's been Sinn Féin leader for more than 30 years, but Gerry Adams has no intention of stepping aside any time soon.
As the party began its Ard Fheis in Dublin last night, Mr Adams (67) confirmed that the event will not be the last time he will put his name forward to be Sinn Féin president. He didn't indicate how much longer he intends to stay on.
With 23 TDs returned to the Dáil in the recent election, Mr Adams said the result was "more or less" what the party had predicted privately. He admitted he didn't expect the loss of Pádraig Mac Lochlainn's seat in Donegal and that he had expected Paul Donnelly to be elected in Dublin West.
But he insisted the party was "satisfied" with the outcome, despite complaining of what he claimed was a "tsunami of negativity which was poured over us".
Of the ongoing minority talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, Mr Adams said: "if they don't come to a conclusion quite soon I don't think there's any option but to call for an election."
He reiterated his party's refusal to engage in the government formation process - saying that they would support neither Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin for the position of Taoiseach.
Last night saw speeches by the North's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.
There were motions on the peace process, health and water charges, the last one including a section reaffirming Sinn Féin's call for Irish Water to be abolished.