VIDEO: Mary Lou McDonald - 'Fine Gael and Labour have been sacked by the people'
Published 27/02/2016 | 18:56
Sinn Fein's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald says her party wishes to be in government - and that Sinn Fein are only "warming up" for the future.
Ms McDonald - who topped the poll in the Dublin Central constituency - said the message about recovery put forward by the government parties in the election campaign was the "stuff of mythology".
In an interview with independent.ie's Dearbhail McDonald at the RDS, Ms McDonald said: "It was absolutely evident from the beginning of the campaign that for the vast majority of citizens, families, workers, this business of a recovery is the stuff of mythology.
"You can see in the new political configuration that things have changed."
When asked if she was disappointed her party hadn't hit the 20pc level in support as predicted by many before yesterday's vote, Ms McDonald said her party were only just "warming up".
"Today is a great day for us but of course we will look to build and develop. I was saying to our activists earlier on, we're only getting warmed up. There is lots still to be done.
"The end game an the end point in all of this is actually changing things for people on the ground."
"We ran an excellent slate of candidates. It was absolutely evident from the beginning of the campaign that for the vast majority of citizens, families, workers, this business of a recovery is the stuff of mythology.
"You can see in the new political configuration that things have changed.
And she stated her party are keen to get into government.
"Absolutely we are. We've said consistently in the campaign that we are a part of government in the North. We wish to be in government here."
Quizzed about Fianna Fail's gains, Ms McDonald said their legacy will be a negative one.
"They have made gains - we'll see later on how substantial they are. The reality for Fianna Fail remains that they wrecked the economy."
But voters have delivered a very clear message regarding the outgoing government, she said.
"Fianna Fail and Labour have been sacked by the people. They've been shown the road. That's the only certainty we can deal with now because they've had a very very bad day out. And then the rest, we'll need to see how it unfolds."