Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Mary Lou McDonald To Be Confirmed As New Sinn Féin Leader

Mary Lou McDonald To Be Confirmed As New Sinn Féin Leader

Mary Lou McDonald has been chosen to take the leadership of Sinn Fein since Gerry Adams is ready to hand over his reign.

"We have had a very intensive week of discussions", she said.

McDonald and the newly appointed vice president Michelle O'Neill have been at Stormont all last week as talks continue to rumble on in the hope of restoring the devolved government.

McDonald replaces Gerry Adams who announced his intention to step down late past year. Majority-protestant unionists wanted Northern Ireland to remain with the United Kingdom, while majority-Catholic nationalists wanted it to be part of the Republic of Ireland. And as we become more multicultural it is also about making space for all of those other folks out there who wouldn't be part of the orange and green tradition.

McDonald said: 'I want us to achieve this with respect, graciousness and generosity. The poet Maya Angelou put it well: 'History, despite its wrenching pain, can not be unlived.

Mrs Bradley is said to have told UUP leader Robin Swann that she understood his frustration.

Northern Ireland has been without an executive for more than a year following a row between former powersharing partners Sinn Féin and the DUP.

"Sinn Féin will campaign enthusiastically for repeal".

Gerry Adams regrets first IRA ceasefire took until 1994 to happen

The new Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, has attempted to reinvigorate the process by reopening cross-party talks that failed under her predecessor, James Brokenshire.

However, no further detail was given on how the party plans to deal with the possible legislation, predicted to allow for unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks, that will follow the referendum (if it is passed).

As leader of Sinn Fein from 1983, Adams, 69, had been the political voice of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which is blamed for more than 1,700 deaths during what is known as "The Troubles" from 1969-1997.

There has been significant progress on the Irish language, which has been the main stumbling block in discussions.

"Irish unity in our time".

One thing that has not changed, McDonald said, is a core principle of the party: a united Ireland.

She hailed Mr. McGuinness for, alongside Gerry Adams and John Hume, "bravely walking the path to peace" in the 1980s and 1990s in spite of fierce opposition at the time.

'Our focus must be on building Sinn Fein into an organisation that is fit for objective, and our goal is to win, to win elections, to increase our political strength, to realise our ambition of being in government north and south, to win progressive political victories every single day.

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