Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year.
Mr Adams also said he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at the next election.
Northern Ireland (NI) is in stalemate as the NI parties are at loggerheads with each other and the NI budget had to be decided in London last week. As for Southern Ireland, they're anxious about the impact of Brexit upon them and the possibility of a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Adams never achieved either of his goals of a united Ireland or becoming Irish president and at 69 he clearly feels enough is enough, but who will succeed him? The senior leadership of Sinn Féin (SF) is still made up of IRA terrorists and both main political parties in the Republic of Ireland have refused to share power with SF.
I don't think anyone will be sorry to see the back of this man, but what happens next?