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Mary Lou McDonald takes over as Sinn Fein party leader


February 11, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Mary Lou McDonald took over as leader of the Sinn Fein party Saturday, ending Gerry Adams' three decades at the helm with a sweeping speech that touched on everything from abortion to Brexit and promised a united Ireland "in our time."

McDonald, 48, is the first woman to lead the party, and the first Sinn Fein leader with no direct connection to Ireland's period of violence known as the Troubles. Her confirmation as leader came at a conference Saturday attended by some 2,000 delegates in Dublin.

"We must only agree that the past is never again repeated," she said. "On other...

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