Day two of Sinn Fein Conference

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams delivers a speech at his party's annual conference in Dublin

Gerry Adams has announced he will step down as president of Sinn Fein in 2018.

The TD for Co Louth said at the annual conference: 'Leadership means knowing when it is time for change and that time is now'. "I will not be standing for the Dail", said Adams.

According to The Guardian, however, sources within the party state that Adams will still hold the centre of power in Sinn Féin from behind the scenes long after his official successor replaces him as party leader.

The 69-year old leader played an important part in the peace deal inked in 1998 in Northern Ireland between Irish republicans and nationalists.

There has been a plan set in place, since before the death of Martin McGuinness earlier this year.

He was a key figure in Ireland's republican movement, which seeks to take Northern Ireland out of the U.K. and unite it with the Republic of Ireland.

"I thought I needed to tell you ..." A year later, he helped win sceptical elements in the IRA to the Good Friday peace deal, which largely ended the violence.

Party delegates elected Adams to carry on as president until 2018 and agreed to hold a special conference to discuss the new leadership.

However, Sinn Fein's vice-president Mary Lou McDonald, 48, a Dublin member of parliament, is a likely favourite.

Sinn Fein has worked with its rival Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) since 2007, but the arrangement collapsed in January after DUP leader Arlene Foster refused to cede to Sinn Fein's demands to step aside.

While its anti-austerity platform led to a six-fold increase in its number of seats in the Republic - 23 out of 158 - suspicion of Sinn Fein's role in the Northern Ireland troubles still runs deep and the far larger ruling Fine Gael and or main opposition Fianna Fail have ruled out governing alongside them.

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