Adams now says SF open to government talks
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party would be willing to enter into government talks - despite repeatedly ruling out the prospect of doing so since the General Election result.
Mr Adams has left himself open to accusations of rank hypocrisy after now admitting he would consider devising a Programme for Government with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
Throughout the General Election campaign, senior Sinn Féin figures insisted they would not do business with either of the two main parties.
On several occasions during the impasse, Mr Adams (inset) and his colleagues said they did not have the "mandate" or the "numbers" to get into government.
But in an extraordinary U-turn, Mr Adams yesterday said his own party would consider devising a Programme for Government with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
He said such a Programme for Government, if agreed, would be sent back to the Sinn Féin ard fheis for approval.
"Would we talk to them? The answer to that question is 'yes'," he told RTÉ's 'The Week in Politics'.
"If in the course of all of that, although it would be very, very challenging, we came up with a Programme for Government which did the business as far as we were concerned, our leadership would consider that and yes, if we thought that was an advance and would help to deal with these issues we have just talked about, including in the centenary year the issue of Irish unity, of course we would have to bring that back to an ard fheis."