Belfast Telegraph

Monday 5 October 2015

Posters already hoisted for SF

By Noel McAdam

Published 30/04/2007

Sinn Fein has already bombarded parts of the Republic with posters proclaiming: "We deliver."

And the party is distributing 200,000 copies of its election newspaper across Dublin alone.

On something of a roll following the historic first meeting between Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley, Sinn Fein has not been waiting for yesterday's formal confirmation of an election date.

Its election strategy is not, however, expected to shift into top gear - with Mr Adams visiting key constituencies - until after devolution day in Northern Ireland a week from tomorrow.

He said by then Sinn Fein would be in government in the North and was ready to be in government in the Republic too.

"Our objective is to be in government north and south and to deliver strong public services and to advance the peace process and preparations for Irish unity," he said.

"We are going into this election in a stronger position than ever before. We are contesting right across the state.

"By the time the election is over, we'll be in government here in the north and we're ready for government in the south, and we're looking a mandate."

Opinion polls show Sinn Fein at around 10%, which could place it in a pivotal balance-of-power situation to negotiate for a place in a coalition government.

The price of its co-operation could be a commitment to an early Government green paper on Irish unity, which has long been a Sinn Fein objective.

From the web

Sponsored Videos

Your Comments

Comments posted this week will only be visible until Saturday Oct 3 and will not be available to view after that date. This is due to essential upgrade work on our content management system and we apologise for any inconvenience.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph