Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that he made "yet another mistake" when he suggested yesterday he might not lead the party into the next General Election.
Gerry Adams admitted his gaffe as he announced his new shadow Cabinet today - with several long-serving TDs getting demoted and being replaced by those just elected.
Yesterday, Mr Adams
Today the Sinn Féin President insists he is going nowhere.
"I made yet another mistake," he quipped.
"I will lead the party into another election."
Speaking about the party’s new team of spokespersons at Leinster House today, he said: "Sinn Féin is putting forward a first class team of Spokespersons in the Oireachtas to shadow the new Government.
"In keeping with the mandate we received in the general election, Sinn Féin is prioritising the areas of mental health, disability inclusion, public services and Irish unity.
"We are very proud of the fact that our team is made up of more new TDs, an increased number of women in key portfolios, as well as an increased number of younger public representatives.
"We hope to work with other Progressive Deputies and Senators in providing an effective Opposition and our team will play an important role in working with our Spokespersons in the Assembly and our new Ministerial team in the North to advance all-Ireland and North/South issues, as well with our the party’s four MEPs.
"I am confident that the enhanced Sinn Féin team, in both the Dáil and Seanad, will play a productive and constructive role, and will bring the issues affecting citizens, from the crises in health and housing, to affordable childcare provision, workers’ rights and rural services to the fore in the time ahead."