Key bits of Gerry Adams remarks to the Sinn Fein think in this morning indicating the start of a leadership transition within the party
Sinn Féin is currently finalising our ten-year plan.
This has been the focus of much internal discussion for the last year.
It is about preparing the party for the next ten years and to ensure that we are better able to achieve our strategic objectives.
At this event in this venue last year Martin McGuinness made it clear that we had a plan for orderly leadership change.
None of us knew that Martin would become terminally ill and that we would meet this year without him.
We don’t have time to reflect on these mysteries of life and death this morning or on the loss of such a wonderful comrade and leader.
Suffice to say that we miss him deeply.
It is our intention to unveil at the Ard Fheis in November the plan that he helped to formulate.
I will be allowing my name to go forward for the position of Uachtarán Shinn Féin.
And if elected I will be setting out our priorities and in particular our planned process of generational change, including my own future intentions.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs