Sinn Féin will learn lessons from the election campaign and build for the future
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking following the General Election thanked all those who voted for Sinn Féin and helped the party secure an increase of more than 20,000 votes. He said that the party would learn lessons from this campaign and build on the progress that was made in many constituencies.
Mr. Adams said:
"I want to commend all of our candidates and their families and to thank everyone who worked or voted for Sinn Féin in the General Election campaign and helped us secure an increase of more than 20,000 votes. Over the last few weeks there were very high expectations both inside and outside the party and many republicans will be disappointed by the election results. While we did not make the advances that we expected, I am encouraged by the fact that many of our candidates in constituencies across the state, urban and rural, received substantial votes and I am sure that many of them will be elected to the Dáil in the future.
"But the surge of support for the two biggest parties has not changed the fundamental issues. The equality agenda, the provision of high quality accessible public services and the achievement of Irish unity have yet to be secured. Our political mission is to promote all these issues and to build a process of change right across the island of Ireland, something which is unprecedented.
"So we have a lot of work to do. We will learn the lessons of this election and build for the future."ENDS