Friday 24 February 2017

Sinn Fein will go into coalition with any party - Gerry Adams

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Martin McGuinness (left) and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams
Martin McGuinness (left) and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams

GERRY ADAMS has said Sinn Fein is open to forming a coalition with any party depending on the outcome of the general election.

Mr Adams also said he does not have a "desire" to lead the county but he is "prepared" to be Taoiseach.

Speaking this aftenoon outside Leinster House, he said "anything could happen" in the election but said his party is open to forming a government with whatever party or parties receive a mandate from the electorate.

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However, he said it is "too early" to speculate on which parties will form the next government and urged people to have the "manners" to let voters make their choice.

He said Sinn Fein will not urge people to vote "Adams for Taoiseach".

Mr Adams also denied reports that he met with murdered former Provisional IRA member Kevin McGuigan weeks before he was killed in Belfast.

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