Dubliln based Mary Lou McDonald is set to become the new leader Sinn Féin.

Today she was confirmed as the President-elect.

She will take over from Gerry Adams.

The Dublin Central TD has now been ratified as nominee for leader.

A special party conference to elect her as leader will be held in Dublin on February.

Ms McDonald will replace Mr. Adams who has led the party since 1983.

"The truth is my freinds, I don't fill Gerry's shoes," she said, adding: " but I’ve brought my own and together we will walk a journey that will lead to a United Ireland."

"Irish unity is the best solution for this island and we will work to convince our unionist friends and neighbours of that," she declared.

And she also said: "As we enter a new era we look ahead with confidence, to government in the north built on equality and integrity and in government in the south based on our republican ideals."

She was speaking at the Six Counties Cúige agm.

Mr. Adams said: “Standing still is not an option, we are agents of change."

He also stated: "It is not in the interests of the vast majority of citizens that political parties should retreat to our trenches and hunker down comfortably in the certainty of our respective positions. We have to challenge ourselves and our support base. We also have to challenge unionism."

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