Senator Kathryn Reilly introduces Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD
I want to extend to all the delegates, visitors and guests míle buíochas for making this Ard Fheis such a successful and lively and inspiring occasion.
We have heard articulate speakers of all ages, people passionate about this country and our future. We have heard expressed in this hall the anger that is out there in our country about the injustices being done to the people of Ireland. And we have heard solutions, Sinn Féin plans, proposals and strategies for the way forward.
To put those policies into practice, we need the support of the Irish people and to achieve that support, we need leadership.
Real leadership is not about power over people it is about empowering people.
We are fortunate in Sinn Féin, indeed Ireland is fortunate, to have such a leader.
He has empowered the people he has represented in West Belfast and now in Co. Louth.
He has empowered republicans across Ireland by giving leadership in the hardest of times, by seeing us through to better times, and by guiding at all times with a commitment second to none and with strategies designed to succeed.
He led from the front in the Peace Process and 15 years ago this week he was central to the achievement of the Good Friday Agreement.
In the time since then he has helped to build this party across Ireland and to ensure that we are ready to play our historic role in changing Ireland, in building a New Republic and in empowering the people of Ireland.
A chairde, cuirigí fáilte roimh Uachtarán Sinn Féin Gerry Adams.