Friday 23 June 2017

Now Adams opens the door to doing business with Labour Party

Mr Adams adopted a far more reserved approach than previously when asked about future coalition partners, describing such a conversation topic as 'idle speculation'
Mr Adams adopted a far more reserved approach than previously when asked about future coalition partners, describing such a conversation topic as 'idle speculation'
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has opened the door to doing business with the Labour Party - one week after repeatedly refusing to rule out a future coalition with Fianna Fáil.

Mr Adams adopted a far more reserved approach than previously when asked about future coalition partners, describing such a conversation topic as "idle speculation".

The Louth TD's decision last Tuesday to raise the prospect of striking a deal with Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin caused deep unease within Sinn Féin.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Mr Martin completely rejected the idea of such a coalition, partly because of Mr Adams's alleged links to the IRA.

Mr Adams has repeatedly denied that he was a member of the terror group.

But the issue of Sinn Féin's potential coalition partners was raised again yesterday during Mr Adams's weekly media session on the plinth of Leinster House.

Asked about whether he should now re-evaluate his stance on Fianna Fáil following last night's 'Primetime Investigates' programme on standards in public office, Mr Adams replied: "I don't want to restate that to you again. You're fishing with a long line that will ensnarl you".

When it was put to Mr Adams that he has continuously refused to rule out the prospect of a Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin coalition, he responded: "And?"

But when asked about the idea of entering government with Labour, Mr Adams appeared open to the idea.

He said any such decision would have to be taken by the party's Árd Fheis.

"First of all, it is idle speculation to discuss who may or not be in government after the election when the people haven't voted," Mr Adams said.

"Our Árd Fheis made it clear that Sinn Féin would not do what the Labour Party has done in terms of Fine Gael, or indeed arguably with Fianna Fáil so that's clear, let's get the biggest mandate possible for Sinn Féin. That in itself will have an influence on the mandates of the other parties," he added.

Irish Independent

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