8 January 2009 Edition
Pat Doherty to step down as Sinn Féin Vice President
“I am very proud to have held the position of Vice President of Sinn Féin since 1988 and to have been part of a republican leadership which has been responsible for so much positive change on the island. Ireland has been transformed over these years for the better.
“The Peace Process has delivered substantial change, North and South and it is the duty of political leaders across the island to ensure that the potential which now exists, is delivered upon.
“I will of course continue to represent the people of West Tyrone as MP and MLA along with my colleagues Barry McElduff and Claire McGill and our many councillors across the constituency.
“There is also a duty on republicans to complete the task of bringing about Irish reunification. Sinn Féin has established a Taskforce to bring focus and urgency to this task. The importance of this work cannot be underestimated and I intend to play as full a role as possible on this Task force.
“I want to thank all of those who supported me in my role as Vice President over the years and to wish the incoming National Officer Board well.”