Monday 26 September 2016

Gerry Adams hints at stepping down as Sinn Fein president - 'not a case of if, but when'

Party in transition and 10-year plan in place, reveals party president

Published 15/09/2016 | 18:05

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said it is not a case of "if" he will stand down as leader, but "when".

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Mr Adams, who has been president of Sinn Fein since 1983, was asked about the issue of leadership at the party's pre-Dáil "think-in" at a hotel in Co Meath.

He said there was a 10-year plan for his party, which he described as being in "transition", but insisted he would not be making the plans public.

Mr Adams said: "We are a party in transition. I've made it very clear. It is not a question of if I will stand down, it's a question of when I stand down.

"We have a plan. We are in consultation with our grass roots putting together a programme for the next 10 years, a part of that will see a change of leadership. But it's a matter for the party and in the first instance for myself.

"I'm not precious about it, it's a great honour to serve in any capacity whatsoever.

"We are going ahead building our party, why are we doing it? This is the only test for Sinn Fein - it's looking at how and measuring what changes of positivity in people's lives we have brought about.

"That's how you judge Sinn Fein.

"We test ourselves on how we use our strengths."

Belfast Telegraph

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