Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Féin chief

London: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who headed the party for 30 years, said he will step down as its president next year. He made the announcement at the party’s annual conference in Dublin on Saturday. Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald is likely to succeed him. Adams led Ireland’s republican movement from violence to peace. Hence, he is hailed as a peacemaker by some and denounced as a terrorist by others.