Friday 21 October 2016

'SF will have new leader within 5 years'

Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams

A Sinn Féin TD has suggested that the party will have a new leader within five years.

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Dublin MidWest TD Eoin Ó Broin rejected suggestions that Gerry Adams was a hindrance to the party's development.

"Will Sinn Fein change the leader of our party? Yes, we will," Mr Ó Broin said.

"Is it going to happening the next year or two? I don't think so. Is it likely to happen in the next five years? I think that's quite possible."

Mr Ó Broin made the remarks at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal.

The remarks came in response to calls for Mr Adams to step down as Sinn Féin leader.

Thomas Anthony McNulty, who heads up the party's Virginia/Mullagh branch in Cavan, claimed at the weekend that Mr Adams was hindering the party's expansion in the Republic.

Read more: SF grassroots call for Adams to 'get off the stage' and step down

The fresh questions over Mr Adams came following a meeting of senior party figures in Ballyfermot on Saturday.

However, at Leinster House, Dublin Fingal TD Louise O'Reilly said Mr Adams "enjoys the popular support of the membership".

She added: "For as long that continues and for as long as he has the support of our party, he will be the leader of the party.

"He has led us to this point. He has led us to make great strides in electoral terms and also to grow as a party."

She said that if Mr McNulty had a problem, then he should put his name forward for election as leader at the ard fheis.

Irish Independent

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