Gerry Adams to announce retirement as Sinn Féin president today

Colleagues congratulated Gerry Adams after his final address on Saturday

Louth TD Gerry Adams is expected to outline his timetable for retirement when he addresses the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin tonight.

He is expected to run unopposed for the presidency of the party today, but will set the scene for who will replace him as leader at 8:30pm.

"I will not be standing for the Dail (Irish parliament) in the next election", Adams said in a speech to his party conference on Saturday.

"I have complete confidence in the leaders we have elected this weekend and in the next generation of leaders".

Mr Adams has held the role of party president since 1983. "I have been enormously privileged to be part of an awesome and evolving collective leadership".

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Michelle O'Neill has said that she supports liberalising Sinn Féin's position on abortion, but is against free access for all women. Last year, myself and Martin said there was a plan for change.

The conference will be the first since Mr McGuinness, a former IRA commander, died in March.

Mr Adams said he will be asking the party leadership to agree a date in 2018 for a special party conference to elect a new leader.

Mr Adams also told delegates a referendum on Irish unity must take place within the next five years.

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