Mary Lou McDonald has been confirmed as the next party leader of Sinn Féin.

 

 

Mrs. McDonald was confirmed as the next leader of the party at this morning’s Sinn Féin Árd Chomhairle in Belfast. The Dublin Central TD will step in after current leader Gerry Adams announced at last November’s annual Sinn Féin Árd Fheis that he would not be leading the party into the next election.

 

 

Adams, who has been party president for 35 years, steps aside for his deputy, who was the sole nominee for the position when the entries closed last night.

 

 

Mrs. McDonald said in Belfast that she would not attempt to fill Adams’ shoes, but has “brought her own”, and said the prospect of a United Ireland would not be a “pipe dream” under her leadership. She will be formally ratified as leader during a special party conference on 10th February, and will become the first woman to lead the party.