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Labour in Republic bats away Sinn Fein overture

The leader of the Labour Party in the Republic has rejected Gerry Adams advances for a left-wing coalition — because he thinks Sinn Fein's economic policies are “off the wall”.

Mr Adams, the Sinn Fein president, said his party was open to going into government with Labour in the Republic, but it was up to the voters to decide.

Despite Labour's rejection of a post-election deal with Sinn Fein, Mr Adams said if his party could do business with Ian Paisley and the DUP in Northern Ireland, it could work with anyone.

Speaking in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, where veteran TD |Brendan Howlin and councillor Pat Cody were unveiled as Labour's general election candidates, party leader Eamon Gilmore ruled out Sinn Fein again. “I don't think it's mathematically possible and I don't think it can be possible to have an agreement with the party, their economic policies are off the wall,” he said.

Mr Gilmore again claimed he could be Taoiseach with Labour coming back as the biggest party.

“The Labour Party will contest the next general election independently with a view to achieving a Labour-led government.”

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