Monday 24 July 2017

The Sinn Féin leader is signalling the end of a very fraught era in the North

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, who has been considered as a possible replacement for Martin
McGuinness, talks on his phone as he walks past a painting of the late DUP leader Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday Photo: Charles McQuillan, Getty Images
Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, who has been considered as a possible replacement for Martin McGuinness, talks on his phone as he walks past a painting of the late DUP leader Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday Photo: Charles McQuillan, Getty Images
John Downing

John Downing

We are on the cusp of a political arena without the huge presence of Sinn Féin duo Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams.

Mr McGuinness cut a frail and weakened figure as he set a process in train to shut the North's power-sharing government and trigger early elections amid much acrimony towards the Democratic Unionist Party.

Last September, Gerry Adams conceded for the first time that he would be standing down as party leader after 33 years - but remained coy about when this would happen.

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