SF: Adams will not step down
Sinn Fein last night denied that Gerry Adams might be prepared to step down as party leader in the run-up to the General Election, despite mounting speculation.
Sources say Mr Adams (68) is considering stepping aside as he continues to be linked to IRA-related controversies.
There are also Sinn Fein TDs and others who privately feel it is time for change. The party has cancelled its Ard Fheis next month and there has been growing speculation among republicans in Belfast that Mr Adams is about to announce that he is stepping aside to allow the 'softer' face of Sinn Fein to emerge.
But a Sinn Fein spokesman said last night: "Gerry Adams will be contesting the next election as leader of Sinn Fein to represent the people of Louth and to lead a progressive government to deliver a fair recovery."