Adams rules out confidence and supply deals after next election
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that his party will not consider confidence and supply deals with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael after the next General Election.
Mr Adams stated that “the current partnership between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has failed" and he added Sinn Féin would either be in government on the basis of a republican programme of government or in clear opposition holding the government to account”, after the election
Teachta Adams said;
“Sinn Féin wants to be in government to deliver change in the lives of citizens. We want to implement a republican programme for government that will effectively deal with the crises in housing and health. We want to meet the challenge of Brexit with a real strategy in which the national interest is the central concern.
“Sinn Féin is open to negotiating with other parties to deliver a republican progamme of government and real change in the lives of citizens. Regardless of what parties are saying today, and depending on what mandates we receive, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will either enter a formal partnership or begin to talk to Sinn Féin.”
“However, supply and confidence deals are not a runner for Sinn Féin.
“The current Minority government has failed. The crises in housing and health have worsened over the last twelve months. You can also see this failure in how the debacle on water charges played out.
"It has placed a lie at the heart of the political process - the lie that Fianna Fáil is leading opposition while they are keeping Fine Gael in government. It is a deal in the best interest of these two parties. It is not in the interests of citizens
“While this political pantomime continues, under the guise of a fabricated sense of stability, the issues affecting people in their daily lives go unaddressed. The status quo remains and there is no drive to tackle the deep-seated inequalities that underpin life here.
“These arrangements are fundamentally dishonest and they are quasi-democratic. Nobody votes for a confidence and supply deal.
“Sinn Féin wants to transform politics in this state. We want to change how government does business. We want to bring about a rights-based society, which unites the people of our island on the basis of equality for all. Our aim is to replace partition with a new agreed Ireland. You are not going to achieve that with a minority government deal.
“After the next election, Sinn Féin will either be in government implementing a republican policy programme based on the principles of equality and social justice or we will be in clear opposition holding the government to account.
"We will not be part of the lie that you can be in government and in opposition at the same time."