Gerry Adams has revealed the date a new leader will take over the presidency of Sinn Fein.

Writing in his weekly column in the Andersontown News Mr Adams revealed February 10 was the date for a special Ard Fheis when a new party leader will be elected.

The republican leader announced at the Sinn Fein party conference in November he would be stepping down as president and would not seek re-election to Dail Eireann, where he has served as a TD for the constituency of Louth since 2011.

Dublin TD Mary Lou McDonald. the party’s current deputy leader, is the outstanding favourite to succeed Mr Adams. 

Gerry Adams has held the presidency of Sinn Fein since 1983.

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