Sinn Fein deny rumours of Gerry Adams preparing to step down

Weeks of speculation have suggested that party leader is getting ready to retire

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Following weeks of intense speculation, Sinn Féin have denied that Gerry Adams will step down as party leader.

The Sunday Independent reports that Mr Adams is considering leaving the party due to recent IRA-related controversies.

It comes following the announcement that next month's Ard Fheis won't go ahead.

However, a party spokesman has dashed the rumours saying "Gerry Adams insists he will contest the next election to represent the people of Louth and to lead a progressive government to deliver a fair recovery".