Sinn Fein's leader and key figure in the IRA's resistance against British rule in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams is to step down he announced on Saturday.
Stating he would not stand for re-election to the Irish parliament, Mr Adams said he would step down at the next party conference in 2018.
"Republicanism has never been stronger... But leadership means knowing when it is time for change. That time is now,” Mr Adams said at the party conference.
“I have complete confidence in the next generation of leaders,” he added.
Mr Adams has been leader of Sinn Fein since 1983, seeing the region through the Good Friday Agreement.