Sunday 25 September 2016

McGuinness and Adams discuss leadership

Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has confirmed that he has held discussions with Gerry Adams about the latter's plans to step aside as party leader.

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Mr Adams this week revealed that he has an exit strategy in place - but refused to say when exactly he intends to make way for a successor.

Speaking during the second day of the party's think-in in Co Meath, Mr McGuinness said that the ultimate decision rests with Mr Adams himself.

"Gerry and I have had our own discussions about that. We are in a party in transition," the North's Deputy First Minister said, adding that the new leadership will be "well equipped" to being the party forward.

"He and I have a plan about how this will be done. This has to be endorsed by the leadership. When that is decided, the party has to decide who will lead the party in the future.

"The only person who will decide in conjunction with an important group of people will be Gerry Adams."

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald reiterated the party's call for a united Ireland.

"The important thing is that Sinn Féin as a political party is, and remains, and increasingly grows and grows as a vehicle for progressive politics, for working people, working families, North and South," she told Pat Kenny on 'Newstalk'.

Irish Independent

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