Saturday 21 September 2019

'We don’t have the numbers to get into government’ - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

John Brennan

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams has ruled out getting into government in the 32nd Dail.

Mr Adams visited the RDS the afternoon to lend his support to fellow Sinn Fein candidate Denise Mitchell who is competing in Dublin Bay North constituency.

He told journalists gathered there that he felt that his party alongside the Right2Change candidates had not secured enough seats to get into government.

“We sought a mandate to be in government and we have a desire to be in government – it doesn’t look as though we have the numbers to get into government,” he said.

Mr Adams did maintain that he would continue to consult with other members of the Right2Change movement and his own party about potential next steps following the historic election.

“We’re sitting on 22 seats, we’re very pleased with our performance – essentially we fought the election to get rid of the Fine Gael Labour coalition and they have been rejected.

“I think the big indication from this election - while it’s a work in progress - is that that process of change is continuing.

“Whether in opposition or in government we’ll stick by our mandate, continue to push the process of change which is under way,” he added.

The Louth TD denied that the campaign had been a failed one for the party – he pointed to the increase in seats the party had gotten and the increase in spread of their support nationally.

Mr Adams wouldn’t speculate on whether or not the election had been his last chance to become Taoiseach saying, “I’m not vainglorious like that – what we are is a group of republican activists who have a mandate and have increased [our seats] and onwards and upwards”.

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