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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Adams hints Sinn Fein will enter coalition

Niall O'Connor CityWest

Published 24/05/2014 | 20:49

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SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has indicated that his party will seek to form a coalition at the next general election.

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But the Louth TD said such a move would depend on whether Sinn Fein could draw up an agreeable Programme for Government with the other parties.

 

Mr Adams indicated that his party would be willing to enter into government but that this would hinge on the Property Tax being abolished.

 

"We are very ambitious for the party, we are very ambitious for the country and for the people of the country," he said.

 

"We need two things to be in government, one is a mandate and the other is an agreed programme to be in government. The second could be more challenging that the first. The other parties are wedded to conservatism and austerity," he added.

 

Mr Adams said that today's result represented a "step change" in Irish politics and that a general election should now be called immediately.

 

Mr Adams, who was arrested earlier this month in connection with the murder of Jean McConville, said today that the electorate felt a "sense of betrayal".

 

But his comments about potentially entering coalition are sure to be dismissed by other political parties.

 

Former Fianna Fáil minister and newly elected councillor Mary Hanafin today said her party would not go into government with Sinn Fein.

 

Asked if his arrest in connection impacted on the party's vote, Mr Adams said:

 

"We don't know who might of voted for us but didn't. What we did know is that it galvanised our own activists and I'd like to think the way we responded to those events was positive," he said.

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