IT has been all change this week in Sinn Féin, with the party announcing that long serving vice president Pat Doherty is to stand down as part of a proposed reshuffle.
The East Tyrone MP and MLA – who will continue to represent the constituency - held the post for 20 years. Dublin MEP, Mary Lou McDonald will stand for election as vice president during next month’s Ard Fhéis.
While local focus was on Doherty’s stepping down from the prominent post, new faces at the proposed new Sinn Féin top table will see more Republic of Ireland representatives.
Gerry Adams paid tribute to Pat Doherty’s contribution as party vice president, while at the same time it emerged that Adams would be once again standing for party president.
Of the new faces, in addition to McDonald, Declan Kearney will run for party chairperson, Dawn Doyle for general secretary and Maurice Quinlivan and Rita O'Hare as joint party treasurers.