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Sinn Fein TD: Gerry Adams could be replaced as leader within five years

By Niall O'Connor, in Glenties, Donegal

Published 18/07/2016

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (centre) chats with colleague Eoin O Broin during the Sinn Fein commemoration to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (centre) chats with colleague Eoin O Broin during the Sinn Fein commemoration to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin

Senior Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has suggested the party will have a new leader within five years.

The Dublin Mid West TD rejected suggestions Gerry Adams in a hindrance to the party’s development.

“Will Sinn Fein change the leader of our party? Yes we will,” Mr Ó Broin said.

"Is it going to happening the next year or two? I don't think so. Is it likely to happen in the next five years? I think that's quite possible.”

Mr Ó Broin made the remarks at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal.

The remarks came in response to calls for Mr Adams to step down as Sinn Féin leader.

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