Tuesday 16 July 2019

Adams admits SF would have to compromise on policy to take power

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams

Daniel McConnell

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has admitted his party would have to compromise on policy in order to take power after the next election.

Mr Adams acknowledged negotiations would take place with any potential coalition partner.

"I'm not against compromising but what I am against is what Labour did," he said.

He added that he has not considered the possibility of being Taoiseach after the next general election.

Speaking on RTE's 'This Week' programme, Mr Adams says he "hasn't given any thought" to whether he would be Taoiseach if Sinn Fein emerged as the largest party in the Dail.

"I want to be the best republican that I can be, I want to be the best Sinn Fein member that I can be, the best activist, the best citizen," he said.

"If that opportunity arises we will look at that, but we're well out from the election and all the speculation about what parties may or may not form the next government, a vote hasn't even been cast," he said.

Speaking earlier, Labour Communications Minister Alex White said Sinn Fein would have to make compromises if it were to go into government.

"All parties do," he said, rejecting accusations from Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald that Labour had abandoned its pre-election promises.

"We have had the backs of working people. We have maintained, and Joan Burton has maintained, social welfare rates. We have done a huge amount of work to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are the least impacted by what has had to happen in order to actually have an economy, to save the economy from the ruin that it was essentially in," he said.

Irish Independent

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