Gerry Adams to Stand Down As Sinn Fein President

Gerry Adams has confirmed that he intends to stand down as the President of Sinn Fein in 2018. Adams, aged 69, has held the position since 1983 and he also confirmed that he will not stand again in the elections for the Irish Dail, or Parliament.

Adams said:

“Leadership means knowing when it’s time for change and that time is now”.

Speaking on RTE, Adams added:

“I won’t miss [the Dail] at all. I think it’s a small cosy little club. I think it has all of the worst aspects of the old British system”.