Gerry Adams resigns as West Belfast MP

Gerry Adams Gerry Adams is standing down as MP for West Belfast

Related Stories

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has formally resigned from his Westminster seat in West Belfast.

Mr Adams is to contest the 11 March general election in the Irish Republic for his party in County Louth.

He had already stepped down as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and at the time said he would also resign from his Westminster seat.

He was replaced at the Assembly by former IRA hunger striker Pat Sheehan.

The party will now select a candidate to defend his West Belfast Westminster seat.

Mr Adams was first elected as West Belfast MP in 1983.

He lost the seat to the SDLP's Joe Hendron in 1992, but regained it in 1997 and has held it since.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features

  • Lucy FranklinDouble trouble

    'Rising house prices left me high and dry - twice!'


  • NS Savannah, 1962Nuclear dream

    The ship that totally failed to change the world


  • Ed Miliband takes a selfie at a Cambridge hairdressersNo more photo ops?

    Why is Ed Miliband drawing attention to his public image?


  • Espresso cup7 days quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Glasgow 2014 quaichs and medalsQuaich guide

    What do the Scottish gifts given to Games medallists symbolise?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.