Speaking from the European election count centre in Cork this morning Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said;
“Voters have endorsed Sinn Féin’s message that there is a fairer way.
“They have rejected the 'consensus for cuts' represented by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil.
“The island-wide election result is also an endorsement Sinn Fein’s message of the need to reinvigorate the Peace Process and for an agreed, united Ireland.
“We have trebled our local representation, we have elected Lynn Boylan to represent Dublin in the European Parliament and we are contesting the other three EU seats across the island.
“Sinn Fein’s newly elected MEPs will stand up for Ireland.
“Our councillors will fight for genuine community interests which put the needs of citizens first.
“The huge vote for Sinn Fein marks a profound change in the political landscape of this state.
“The Government dismisses this as a protest vote or, as the Taoiseach claims, a sign of frustration by the electorate. This is wrong.
“The Government has been sent a very clear message. They do not have public support for the damaging policies they are implementing.
“The voters have called time on this government. They should change political direction or call a General Election.”