SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams is telling party voters in next week’s Meath East by-election not to transfer to Fianna Fail.
In a statement, Mr Adams this afternoon said anyone voting for Sinn Fein candidate Darren O Rourke should not continue their preferences for Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour.
Mr Adams’ call follows FF candidate Thomas Byrne telling the Irish Independent he wanted Mr O Rourke’s transfers, which are crucial if Mr Byrne is to take the seat next Wednesday.
The contest is seen as two horse race between Mr Byrne and Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee, but in response to Mr Byrne's call, Mr Adams said: “We are not advising our voters to transfer to Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour.
“The very last thing that Meath East needs is another government backbencher or a return to the failed politics of Fianna Fail which have left this state with a legacy of bank debt, mortgage distress and unemployment.
“Fianna Fail created the economic and fiscal crisis. Fine Gael and Labour are now making things worse for struggling families.”
So far, other parties have declined to say their own voters on transfers.