Friday 24 May 2019

Gerry Adams could have a running mate in general election

Strong SF performance in Louth

Elaine Keogh

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said, the party will ‘consider’ running two candidates in the next general election in the Louth constituency.

Deputy Adams topped the poll in the 2011 election – he was the only Sinn Fein candidate on the ballot paper in Louth.

Given the party’s success in the local elections in Louth, where the tallies predict, it will be the majority party holding 10 and possibly 11 of the 29 seats, speculation is growing that it may run two candidates at the next general election to potentially secure two of the five seats in Louth.

Speaking as he arrived at the count centre in Dundalk a few minutes ago, deputy Adams said, “of course,” he would like to have a running mate, “but that is up to the number crunchers to sort out.”

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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams acompanied by outgoing councilors Pearse McGeough and Tomas Sharkey in the Co. Louth countcentre in Dundalk yesterday (Saturday) Photo Tom Conachy

“We will consider that when it comes to it.”

Reacting to the party’s growth in popularity in the local elections he said, “We will use the  mandate we have been given wisely.

"We will use it in the interests of all of the citizens not just the Republicans who happen to support what we have been trying to bring about.”

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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams acompanied by outgoing councilor Tomas Sharkey checking the Tally in the Co. Louth count centre in Dundalk yesterday (Saturday) Photo Tom Conachy

We make no apologies for saying we are serving notice on this government. This is a vote for genuine Republican values, it is a vote in favour of the peace process and that is the immediate challenge facing us in relation to the Hass propositions.

We also want to continue to build a strong Republican party across all 32 counties of the island and that will mean preparation for the next elections and running as many candidates as we are able to do.”

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