New Sinn Féin leader on February 10th – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, writing in his weekly column in the Andersonstown News, has spoken of his confidence that under the next leader of Sinn Féin that the party will grow “even bigger and stronger in the time ahead”.
Teachta Adams was commenting on the opening of nominations for the position of Uachtarán Shinn Féin and the setting of February 10th as the date for the special Ard Fheis that will elect the next leader of the party.
In Looking for a job?, the Sinn Féin leader acknowledges that the “new leader of Sinn Féin will face many challenges, some of these internal as we seek to continue to grow in political strength and improve the skills of our activists. It is a fact that Sinn Féin is electorally and organisationally stronger than at any time since partition. This is as a result of the great team of political activists that we have consciously developed over recent years. We have to build on this and make Sinn Féin, as a national movement, fit for purpose.
“There are also external challenges facing the new leader. These include the need to agree a positive outcome to the negotiations to restore the power sharing, partnership institutions in the North; the all-island bodies established by the Good Friday Agreement; preparing the party for a general election in the 26 counties and potential elections in the North; and charting a course through the madness that is Brexit.
“As the only all-island republican party committed to a United Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement provides the means by which an end to the Union can be achieved. Political and demographic changes in the North and the outworking of Brexit mean that there is a greater interest in, and willingness to be open to, the possibility of a United Ireland. This is our primary political and strategic national objective and nothing will change that until we achieve that objective.
“So, this is an exciting time to be an Irish republican and to be part of the process of renewal and regeneration in the party. On February 10th, we will have a new party leader who will bring their own unique style and vision to the party.
“With a new leader at the helm, I am confident of that. So, if you want a new future, a better future, a future determined by citizens, and not by elites in Dublin or London, join me and twelve thousand others in Sinn Féin as we write a new and defining chapter in the history of our nation.”
Gerry Adams column is available at www.leargas.blogspot.com
Note: Nominations for Uachtarán Shinn Féin opened on Monday January 8th. They will close on Friday January 19th and the Special Ard Fheis will take place in the RDS, Dublin on Saturday February 10th.