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Adams steps down as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years

Adams steps down as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years

While she has attempted to boost her party's prospects in the south, the northern branch of the party, led by Michelle O'Neill, 41, who was installed as Sinn Fein's vice president Saturday, is in a standoff with its chief rival, the Democratic Unionist Party.

Mary Lou McDonald was born in Dublin on May 1, 1969 and is the new president of Sinn Fein.

In a blog post before the conference he said the change in leadership marked "a new chapter in the story of our party and of our efforts to achieve independence and unity for the island of Ireland".

'Our focus must be on building Sinn Fein into an organisation that is fit for goal, and our objective is to win, to win elections, to increase our political strength, to realise our ambition of being in government north and south, to win progressive political victories every single day.

Ms. McDonald immediately signalled her intention of setting a new course, telling delegates on Saturday that while she recognized the party's long traditions; "Now a new generation takes the reigns of leadership and our job is to bring innovative and modern ways to advancing our politics".

"The effect of Brexit is that people have just been reminded that for the last 20 years we have just practically had a single island economy, the border has ceased to be the intrusive, in your face, structure - it is still there of course and we want rid of it in any form - but people have just been reminded how good that has been".

Both sides are blamed for the violence, which saw more than 3,500 people die and 50,000 people injured over the past three decades of the 20th century, says the BBC.

At that time he had also said Sinn Fein would be working towards a unity referendum to be held within the next five years.

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"Martin, there will be no return to the status quo", she said. There is no value either in engaging in the blame game.

He also encouraged Sinn Fein, the group's political wing, and party he led, to participate in politics and eventually join the executive. "On other things, we can agree to disagree".

Ms. McDonald hopes to make her mark quickly.

She also maintained Sinn Féin's opposition to border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of a Brexit deal.

Her father, Brendan "Basil" Doris, was a former IRA prisoner who became a Sinn Fein councillor in Dungannon.

On the Irish unity issue, Mary Lou McDonald said that "The war is over". With the United Kingdom's impending departure from the European Union in 2019, both parts of the island will have to renegotiate their relationship.

'Those people who admire me will continue to admire me'.

In her first speech as party president, she reiterated the party's position to secure a referendum vote to secure Irish unity.


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