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Adams likely to step down by 2021, says Sinn Fein TD

By Niall O'Connor

A Sinn Fein TD has suggested the party will have a new leader within five years.

But Dublin Mid West TD Eoin O Broin also rejected suggestions Gerry Adams was a hindrance to the party's development.

"Will Sinn Fein change the leader of our party? Yes we will," Mr O Broin, a former Belfast councillor, 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 O 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 Fein leader.

Thomas Anthony McNulty, who heads up the party's Virginia Mullagh branch in Cavan, claimed at the weekend that Mr Adams was hindering Sinn Fein's expansion in the Republic.

However, party TD Louise O'Reilly said Mr Adams "enjoys the popular support of the membership". She added: "For as long that continues and for as long as he has the support of our party, he will be the leader of the party."

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