Tuesday 28 March 2017

'We'll talk with whoever we think is appropriate to talk to'

What Gerry Adams said on Tuesday in a Sinn Féin media opportunity

Gerry Adams,TD,the Sinn Fein President speaking to the media ahead of the launch of the Sinn Fein Travellers Rights Private Members Bill at Leinster House yesterday. On left is Pearse Doherty,TD Pic Tom Burke 3/11/2015
Gerry Adams,TD,the Sinn Fein President speaking to the media ahead of the launch of the Sinn Fein Travellers Rights Private Members Bill at Leinster House yesterday. On left is Pearse Doherty,TD Pic Tom Burke 3/11/2015
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Q: If Sinn Féin is the second largest party, would you not then have an obligation... to pick up the phone to Michéal Martin and see could you form a Sinn Féin - Fianna Fáil government?

A: "Let's let the people have their say first. And when the people have their say, then we and everyone else who has put our names forward for a mandate will see how we can then plot a course forward."

Q: There are some in Fianna Fáil saying: 'We'd never go into government with Sinn Féin." Others say: "You can't rule anything out.'

A: "Well, our party Ard Fheis will decide on these issues, if we get a mandate. And remember, we don't have a mandate at this time and nor does anyone else. But we have made it clear that we are not going to go in and do what Labour did, with these bigger conservative parties, if they end up as bigger conservative parties.

"So look, 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."

Q Is it still the position that you'll only go into government as the majority party?

A: "No, we haven't said that. We've said we will not act in a government where these larger conservative parties are the majority parties."

Irish Independent

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