Sinn Féin Enter Fresh Phase With McDonald At The Helm

Rebecca O'Connor
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Sinn Féin is entering a fresh phase with its first new leader in 34 years.

Mary Lou McDonald was elected as the party’s President at a special Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend.

At the RDS in Dublin, tributes were paid to Gerry Adams, who led the party for 34 years.

Donegal TD Pearse Doherty spoke about his international reputation.

But Labour’s Brendan Howlin issued a statement saying that while it must be recognised Mr. Adams led Sinn Féin and the Provisional IRA away from the path of violence towards democratic politics, for his generation he will always be associated with the Troubles. Mr. Howlin added that it now falls now to Mary Lou McDonald to complete the Sinn Féin journey to democratic politics, an issue that the new President addressed in her acceptance speech.

She will be aided in implementing her vision for the future of the party by Michelle O’Neill, who was elected to the role of vice-president.

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