Adams: 'I'll stand for Taoiseach's job after all'
Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will formally stand for the job of Taoiseach - despite insisting his party has no mandate from voters to form a government.
Mr Adams also brushed aside a question about the real power of decision-making on his candidature laying with his party's 19-member executive committee, or Ard Chomhairle. This body includes several former IRA members.
He said that on this occasion the Ard Chomhairle had "deferred" the decision on his candidature to the party's TDs and senators. Speaking to reporters at Leinster House, Mr Adams said he was "honoured" by the decision taken by his Oireachtas group.
The Sinn Féin leader accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of "shadow boxing" and "game playing". He said it was wrong that the Dáil will most likely be adjourned after Thursday's vote - which will not produce a result - for more negotiations on forming a government.
Mr Adams said people suffering due to hospital waiting lists and the housing crisis would be "left to twiddle their thumbs".
He argued that the ministers responsible for health and housing should be summoned to answer for the problems and explain what action was being taken.
He argued that the General Election result had shown there were no more "no-go areas" in politics for Sinn Féin. But he again ruled out serving as a junior partner in government.
Mr Adams also said he would continue as party leader as long as his health, his family and his party allowed it.