Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has thanked Caitríona Ruane for “her many years of hard work on behalf of Sinn Féin”.
Following Caitríona Ruane’s decision not to stand in the Assembly election the Sinn Féin leader said;
“I want to thank Caitríona for her many years of commitment and hard work on behalf of the people of South Down and of the North.
“For 14 years Caitríona was an exemplary MLA. She also carried out her responsibilities as Assembly deputy Speaker and Education Minister with diligence and commitment.
“Sinn Féin will miss her experience and leadership in the next Assembly.
“On behalf of the party I want to wish her and her family well. I’m sure she will continue to contribute to Sinn Féin in the future.”