Saturday 3 December 2016

Adams as Taoiseach for anti-water lobby

Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

The decision by Sinn Féin to unite with groups opposed to water charges could also result in [Gerry] Adams leading a bigger block than Fianna Fáil Photo: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.
The decision by Sinn Féin to unite with groups opposed to water charges could also result in [Gerry] Adams leading a bigger block than Fianna Fáil Photo: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

Sinn Féin is pitching Gerry Adams as Taoiseach in a coalition to be headed up by anti-water charges parties.

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The decision by Sinn Féin to unite with groups opposed to water charges could also result in Mr Adams leading a bigger block than Fianna Fáil.

Party strategists believe the overall number of seats won by Sinn Féin and so-called 'Right2Change' candidates will provide Mr Adams with the authority to pitch himself as an alternative Taoiseach to Enda Kenny.

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty confirmed a vote for his party is a vote for Mr Adams as Taoiseach. Mr Doherty firmly rejected suggestions Mr Adams would not be the party's nominee for Taoiseach: "Of course he would."

Sinn Féin wants a "real alternative as part of the 'Right2Change' platform".

In a first acknowledgment that she doesn't rule out Fine Gael entering government with Fianna Fáil, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Irish Independent the two parties would "eat each other alive".

"I don't think it would be stable. I don't know how long it would last for," she said.

Meanwhile, FG will lose a seat in Cork South-Central to Sinn Féin, a weekend poll by Millward Brown for the Irish Independent indicates. It shows Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin and Michael McGrath and Fine Gael's Simon Coveney easily getting elected.

And a new poll last night showed Sinn Féin down four points to 15pc since the start of the campaign. FG is unchanged on 28pc, and Labour is down one to 6pc. FF is up two to 23pc and Independents and others are up three to 28pc in the Ipsos/MRBI poll for 'The Irish Times'.

Irish Independent

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