Mary Lou McDonald Elected As New Sinn Féin Leader

Bernadette McAliskey

In her first speech as president, Ms McDonald is expected to set out an ambitious agenda to modernise the party, getting it into government in the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, to bring about the goal of a united Ireland.

Sinn Fein has been preparing to witness a generational change of power when Mr. Adams declared his decision to step down in November.

He, when he said he had "complete confidence in the next generation of leaders".

'When others said it was impossible, Gerry Adams, along with Martin McGuinness, John Hume and indeed others, bravely walked the path to peace'.

The idea of Irish unity has become more prevalent since Britain chose to leave the European Union, Gerry Adams has said.

According to Independent.ie, she said: "We can not allow those who want to use the past to maintain division and inequality to have their way.There is no value in re-fighting the battles of the past".

He said it would be too simplistically to tie Irish unity to Brexit but said his efforts had certainly been helped by the Leave victory.

He also said that the Good Friday Agreement was "in some difficulty".

Before Christmas, after tense negotiations, Dublin and the European Union agreed to progress to the next stage of exit talks with the United Kingdom, who essentially kicked the border can down the road by pledging to keep the border invisible - if, again, not explaining how.

Founded in Dublin in 1905, Sinn Fein has gone through several splits and reinventions to survive as the oldest brand in Irish politics.

"We must only agree that the past is never again repeated", she said in a speech Saturday, as quoted by The Associated Press.

Sinn Féin is among the top political parties in Ireland as well as Northern Ireland. And ultimately to win Irish unity'.

Adams has since pulled Sinn Fein out of a power-sharing coalition with the DUP over thahandling of a green energy scheme scandal.

"I hope that can be achieved by devolved government and will work towards that end".

Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Féin's leader in the North, was also confirmed as the party's new deputy leader - taking over from Deputy McDonald.

Mary Lou McDonald declared that a new chapter on the road to the Republic has begun.

Mary Lou McDonald joined Sinn Fein in 1998 after she quitted from Fianna Fail, another major party in Ireland. Both women ran unopposed.

MsMcDonald, a TD for Dublin Central, was first elected to the Dail in 2011 and was an MEP for Dublin from 2004-2009.

"I've told both governments when the two-party process is concluded and they are ready to engage in five-party negotiations, the SDLP will be ready to negotiate". She is married and has two children.

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