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Sinn Fein Elects New Leaders

Sinn Fein has elected a new leader.

Mary Lou McDonald will take over from Gerry Adams as President of the party and Michelle O'Neill will take up the deputy role.

She was officially ratified at a special party conference at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday, 10 February.

In her first speech she said: "I want us to achieve this with respect, graciousness and generosity. Irish unity cannot be a crude exercise of simply stitching north to south and returning to business as usual.
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"We do not want a 32 county free state. We want a new Ireland, in which rights are guaranteed, cultures respected and the diversity of our identities embraced."

She also paid tribute to Mr Adams.

"There would be no Good Friday Agreement, no peace process without Gerry Adams. My political mentor. An inspirational leader. A great friend.

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


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