Mary Lou McDonald confirms she will seek presidency of Sinn Féin
SINN Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed that she will seek the party presidency after Gerry Adams announced he would step down from the position.
In a speech to supporters in Dublin Central during the party’s selection convention, Ms McDonald said that “over the coming period I will ask Sinn Féin members to back me as their new leader”.
Ms McDonald’s announcement at the Gresham Hotel tonight does not come as a surprise, with a number of other potential candidates being ruled out in recent weeks.
Both finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty and party leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill said they would not be seeking the position.
“Gerry is standing down and the process to elect a new leader is now underway,” Ms McDonald said.
“This evening I wish to formally confirm that I will seek nomination for election to the position of Uachtaran Sinn Fein.
“The leader of Sinn Fein will be elected at a special Ard Fheis, by vote of our membership - an open democratic process.
“No coronations or anointments involved,” she added.
Ms McDonald was also the only Sinn Fein candidate for the Dublin Central constituency.