Sinn Féin will take no part in today’s charade - Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning said that he will not allow his name to go forward for the position of Taoiseach today and described today’s Dáil proceedings as a charade.
Speaking to the media at Leinster House this afternoon he said;
“I welcome the news that Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael and Micheál Martin the leader of Fianna Fáil are to meet.
“It is a matter of some concern that it has taken them so long to do this.
“It is also a matter of grave concern that the business of the Dáil has been effectively suspended. We are meeting today apparently to have a vote for a Taoiseach which will be totally inconclusive.
“It is a waste of time and a continuation of the charade.
“Sinn Fein will take no part in this charade.
“Enda Kenny cannot be elected for Taoiseach today. Neither can Micheál Martin and neither could I. For that reason I am not allowing my name to go forward.
“Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin should do likewise.
“We could more usefully deal with the issue of homelessness and Sinn Féin has put forward a motion to appoint an Oireachtas Committee similar to the Dáil reform committee, to tackle the issue of homelessness urgently.
“We are also conscious that there were 533 patients on trolleys yesterday.
“This is an issue that the Dáil should be dealing with. Instead of wasting time on a pointless vote.
“For our part Sinn Féin will ensure if Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael construct a conservative government that they are faced by a strong effective opposition.”