Irish nationalist get together Sinn Fein nearing new management

Irish nationalist get together Sinn Fein nearing new management

Irish nationalist get together Sinn Fein nearing new management

Ms McDonald said that she grew up watching Gerry Adams on the television and had never expected that one day she would replace him as leader.

The 69-year-old had last year told party delegates in a speech that he intended on stepping down in 2018. "Together, united and strong, let's go forward and let's build our new Ireland".

The Dublin Central TD was the only person to put her name forward for the role as party' leader before nominations closed on Friday.

She is also the party's public expenditure and reform spokesperson in the Republic of Ireland.

Ms McDonald had criticised Mr McElduff but described the three-month suspension handed down by the party as "appropriate and proportionate".

Earlier, Mr Adams had told the crowd the current political atmosphere in Northern Ireland was "very toxic", adding: "In my view, this is not good for anyone expect a small minority of bigots".

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Before getting elected to the Dáil, she was an MEP representing the Dublin constituency - becoming Sinn Fein's first MEP in the Republic of Ireland in 2004.

The Louth TD has been a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for nearly 50 years and has been at the helm of Sinn Fein for more than three decades.

"But it will be government based on equality, government that respects the rights of citizens, that delivers prosperity and opportunity for all and reflects our republican ideals".

Just days before the start of the new talks process, Mr Adams said there was "no merit" in disengaging from the conversations with unionists.

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