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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams: I have no plans to step aside

By Brian Byrne

Gerry Adams has signalled that he has no plans to step down as leader of Sinn Fein and insisted he will be re-running for president at the party's spring ard fheis.

It will be the 32nd time he has put his name on the ballot card since he was first elected leader in 1983.

Speaking after the party's ard chomhairle at Cassidy's Hotel in Dublin yesterday, Mr Adams said: "I intend to stand again for party president, and anyone who wants to stand against me is very, very welcome to do that.

"We have work to do, given the multiplicity of challenges facing the party north and south; trying to oppose austerity in both states while pursuing a united Ireland project, and trying to make friends with our unionist neighbours.

"It needs a lot of young people but it also needs some experienced people as well."

Despite a number of controversies, Mr Adams, now a pensioner, has given no indication of quitting.

He has been accused of mishandling two child abuse cases - one involving his paedophile brother.

The latest was how he dealt with the aftermath of the alleged rape of west Belfast woman Mairia Cahill by a man then believed to be in the IRA.

Belfast Telegraph

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