Saturday 1 October 2016

Gerry Adams calls other parties' manifestos 'a lie' but refuses to rule out any coalition options

John Brennan and John Downing

Published 05/02/2016 | 11:58

Sinn Fein launches its general election campaign at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson St in Dublin
Sinn Fein launches its general election campaign at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson St in Dublin

Gerry Adams has called other parties' manifestos 'a lie' but refused to rule out any coalition options.

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Sinn Fein launched its general election campaign at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson St in Dublin.

The party leader called the the coalitions and Fianna Fáil's manifesto's 'a lie' and called on the parties to withdraw them.

"[They] tried to dismiss Sinn Fein... [they] tried to buy the electorate," Mr Adams said.

He accused the coalition of 'cooking the books'.

The Louth TD also ruled out being a junior member of a Fianna Fail or Fine Gael led government.

He added that this was the first time to elect a Sinn Fein-led government.

They are running 50 candidates in this election.

But Mr Adams pointedly did not rule out any coalition option – provided his party were the senior government partners. He also stressed that Sinn Féin members would have to vote on any coalition option at a special Árd Fheis.

The party members had already ruled out joining with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil at their Árd Fheis in Derry last year.  But he did not rule out joining with Labour.

“Many members of Sinn Féin would be very dissatisfied with coalition with Labour. But this proposition hasn’t been put before us,” Mr Adams told reporters.

After the launch members of the party made their way from Dawson St to Grafton St to meet with members of the electorate.

The Sinn Fein leader stopped to buy flowers and have money to a homeless man sitting by St Stephens Green.

The rain began to fall as the Louth TD flanked by fellow Sinn Fein candidates made their way back down Dawson St.

Mr Adams will be canvassing in Dublin this afternoon.

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