Sinn Fein signals a U-turn over who it would go into government with in Dail
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has significantly softened his view on forming a coalition with the establishment parties in the Republic as the countdown to the general election begins.
In a remarkable change of policy, Mr Adams yesterday said his party is open to talking to all parties about forming a government once the ballots are counted.
Asked which parties he is open to forming a government with, Mr Adams said: "Whoever at the end of the election process has a mandate to form a government and if we can agree a programme for government which reflects our mandate and core values."
His comments are in stark contrast to previous commitments from Sinn Fein, which ruled out going into a coalition with any of the established parties unless it was the majority party.
The move is likely to cause concern among Sinn Fein's core support, which is adamantly opposed to propping up Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.
Both parties, along with the Labour Party and Renua, have publicly ruled out going into coalition with Sinn Fein.