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Gerry Adams refuses to rule out prospect of doing business with Fianna Fáil after General Election

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 01/12/2015 | 12:57

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams

SINN Féin leader Gerry Adams has today refused to rule out the prospect of doing business with Fianna Fáil after the General Election.

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Mr Adams insisted that his party will not "do with Labour did" and serve as the junior partner to a a large conservative party like Fine Gael.

But when pressed about this views about forming a Coalition with Fianna Fáil, Mr Adams repeatedly refused to rule out such a scenario.

"You know, the wonderful thing about the election is nobody really knows what's going to come out of it. So when we are clear what comes out of it, we'll talk with whoever we think is appropriate to talk to," Mr Adams said.

The Louth TD was speaking in response to last week's MRBI opinion poll in the Irish Times which showed that Sinn Fein is heading towards becoming the second largest party after Fine Gael.

The poll shows that if the numbers materalised, a Sinn Féin/Fianna Fáil coalition could provide an alternative to a Fine Gael led Government.

Mr Adams reiterated that his party will not "act in a government where these larger conservative parties are the majority parties."

But when asked if Fianna Fail is a so-called 'larger majority party', Mr Adams replied:

"The people will decide that when we have an election.

After the election, we will see who is large and who is small. We know about their conservatism. But their size is entirely, like the seize of Sinn Féin after the election, is entirely in the gift of the citizens and we are very respectful of that."

His deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald responded with a "yes" when asked if she perceives Fianna Fail as a larger conservative party.

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