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As Adams steps down and election rumours grow, what next for Sinn Féin?

Brexit and a a looming election in the Republic provide opportunities for the party on both sides of the border. Will they seize them?

By Pádraig Belton  

Ireland's Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, speaks to the press in Downing street. Photo: PA

Ireland, both sides of the border, now faces what for many years seemed unthinkable: a Sinn Féin after Gerry Adams.

The worldwide face of Irish republicanism made a surprise announcement this week explaioning that he will step down as president of Sinn Féin in 2018, and will not stand for re-election for his seat in Ireland’s lower house, the Dáil.

Adams, who turned 69 in October, has been leader of Sinn Féin since he…

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