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Gerry Adams: Sinn Fein won't form coalition government with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil

By Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said he is willing to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin to discuss the ongoing political impasse.

But Mr Adams has ruled out the prospect of forming a coalition with either of the two mainstream parties.

Speaking on the plinth of the Dail today, where he was surrounded by his parliamentary party, Mr Adams warned against allowing the Dáil to be adjourned for up to two months.

“TDs are paid very sizeable salaries, ministers are paid even bigger salaries, there is no excuse to come here tomorrow and then to adjourn for a month or two months,” Mr Adams told reporters.

“Is the national interest, a much touted about phrase these days, served by the politicians sent in here to do a job of work, taking the next month or two months off?  We don’t believe it is served and we believe there is plenty of precedent to allow the arrangement we are looking to put in place over the period,” he added.

Despite ruling out coalition talks with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil, Mr Adams said he would meet Mr Kenny and Mr Martin if asked to do so.

“Of course I will yes,” he stated.

Sinn Fein’s whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh confirmed that he has held discussions with the Green Party, the People Before Profit Alliance and independents about the prospect of forming a government.

The party’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said she has met with ‘Right2Change’ candidates and trade unions to “survey the political scene now which has changed utterly since the last Dáil.”

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