Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years

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Posted: Nov 18, 2017 4:12 PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams is to step down next year as party leader after 34 years in a move that will complete a generational shift in the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), he told his party on Saturday.

"I will not be standing for the Dail (Irish parliament) in the next election," Adams said in a speech to his party conference. "This is also my last Ard Fheis (party conference) as president of Sinn Fein," he said.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Toby Chopra)