Saturday 10 December 2016

VIDEO: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams - 'Our people are on continued election standby'

Published 28/02/2016 | 17:33

Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams points the way at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams points the way at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says his party is on "continued election standby".

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Mr Adams made his comments during an impromptu press conference at the RDS this afternoon.

His comment on the possibility of another election later this year were made after he definitively ruled out his party going into coalition as a junior partner with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

Mr Adams said he put his party on "continued election standby" two days before polling took place on Friday. He advised party members to save their posters as they might be required again soon.

"We have put our people on a continued election standby. We did that two days before polling.

"We said to people we don't know how this is going to turn out, stay on alert, take your posters down, save them, they could be going up again very soon.

Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams pictured at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams pictured at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016

"Now like everybody else, we'd rather not have to fight another election.... whether it happens at this stage or not, I don't know in the short term."

When quizzed about whether they are prepared to go into government, Mr Adams said: "First of all , we have to see if we have got a programme of government.

Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams meets Paul Bizzell, and his granddaughter, aiobheann, 3 at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams meets Paul Bizzell, and his granddaughter, aiobheann, 3 at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams with Denise Mitchell, candidate in Dublin bay north checking the voting numbers at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald, Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams and Denise Mitchell, candidate in Dublin bay north speak to journalists at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016

"Will it include us as a junior partner in coalition with Fianna Fail? No. Will it see us as a junior partner to Fine Gael? No.

"And that isn't being tactical. It's not even being Sinn Fein centric. It's just sensible in terms of the changes that are needed in the time ahead.

"We have no mandate to go in with Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

"We will try to go into government on the mandate we have been given. If we don't have the numbers, we don't have the numbers. If we do have the numbers then we'll honour that."

Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams with Denise Mitchell, candidate in Dublin bay north and clr, Larry O'Toole checking the voting numbers at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016
Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams with Denise Mitchell, candidate in Dublin bay north and clr, Larry O'Toole checking the voting numbers at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 26/2/2016

The leader dismissed any notion he may have been disappointed with Sinn Fein's showing in this election.,

"Obviously we have had a number of disappointments as have all the parties and I just want to commiserate with some candidates who hit the crossbar and who didn't make it.

"But look, it's been a very good election for Sinn Fein. Across the State, the spread of the vote and the number of women who were getting elected. The way that we're very, very transfer friendly. People who are going to get elected on twos and threes.

Our opponents, and sections in the media, engaged in a very negative campaign. We engaged in a positive campaign. We tried to both point out there was a way to organise society that we can afford which minds people, and looks after people, and builds public service and continues in the Peace Process in the North.

"I actually think the big thing that's happened in the election is that the realignment continues. It's a work in progress and it's painfully slow but it's continuing.

"The two big parties weren't able to muster as much as 50 per cent when they used to be just supreme over everything. The other parties including ourselves, the smaller parties, the independents, the Right 2 Change candidates form the other side of it and I'm sure there are lots of people who voted for Fianna Fail or for Fine Gael who believe as we believe in decency and in public services and all of that.

"I'm also afraid they're going to be disappointed if they're expecting Fine Gael or Fianna Fail to deliver on their promises. But look it has been a good day. We have to wait until all the seats are filled. Then we reflect on whether we're going to be in government or whether we're going to be in opposition. Either way we will honour the mandate we've been given."

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