Gerry Adams signals intent to lead Sinn Féin into next election
Party chief unveils shadow frontbench and clarifies leadership stance for next campaign
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams shifted deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald from public expenditure and reform. Photograph: The Irish Times
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted he will lead the party into the next general election.
Speaking as he unveiled his new frontbench team, Mr Adams said he made a mistake on Newstalk radio when he suggested he may not be leader when the next election comes.
Asked about it on Wednesday Mr Adams said he “made a mistake” and said he would lead the party.
The Louth TD has been leader of Sinn Féin for 33 years and was recently re-elected at the party ardfheis.
Mr Adams unveiled his shadow cabinet with Mary Lou McDonald moved from public expenditure and reform.
Ms McDonald will shadow Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and become all-Ireland spokeswoman on mental health.
Pearse Doherty will remain as finance spokesman, Louise O’Reilly will replace Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin in health and Jonathan O’Brien will replace Pádraig MacLochlainn in justice.
Mr Adams insisted nobody had been demoted and he had chosen the best team to shadow the Government,
Asked how long he expected the current regime to last Mr Adams said: ““I don’t know. Sometimes a government not expected to last can last much longer than expected.”
Sinn Féin Dáil Team
Gerry Adams: Party Leader, shadowing An Taoiseach
Mary Lou McDonald: Deputy party leader, shadowing An Tánaiste and all-Ireland spokeswoman on mental health and suicide prevention
Aengus Ó Snodaigh: chief whip and defence
Pearse Doherty: finance
Louise O’Reilly: health
Carol Nolan: education and skills
Eoin Ó Broin: housing, planning and local government
David Cullinane: public expenditure and reform and all-Ireland spokesman on workers’ rights
Martin Kenny: agriculture, food and the marine
Peadar Tóibín: regional development, rural affairs, arts and the Gaeltacht
Jonathan O’Brien: justice and equality and drug and alcohol abuse
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: children and youth affairs
Seán Crowe: foreign affairs and trade, the European Union and diaspora
John Brady: social protection
Brian Stanley: communications, climate change and natural resources
Maurice Quinlivan: Jobs, enterprise and innovation
Imelda Munster: transport, tourism, sport and urban renewal
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: disability rights and older people
Denise Mitchell: deputy whip and junior spokeswoman on social protection
Dessie Ellis: junior spokesman on housing, planning and local government
Kathleen Funchion: junior spokeswoman on Children and Youth Affairs (with special responsibility for childcare)
Martin Ferris: junior spokesman on agriculture, food and the marine (with special responsibility for fisheries and the marine)
Pat Buckley: junior spokesman on mental health and suicide prevention.