Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle meet in Dublin today - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Ard Chomairle member Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD speaking today following the party's leadership meeting said:
"Today the Ard Chomhairle met to review the election campaign and to discuss the formation of the new government and what role Sinn Féin will play in the coming period.
"It is still unclear what combination of parties and individuals will form the new Irish government. The issue for Sinn Féin is one of policy. Our support for any government will be dependent on its programme.
"Tackling the crisis in healthcare will be one of the most important issues facing the new government. The idea of the PDs having control over the Department of Health for another five years in unacceptable to the vast majority of people. Sinn Féin will not support a government that would re-appoint the current Minister for Health or which would continue to pursue the privatisation of the health service or the rendown of local services.
"Sinn Féin is ready and willing to work with other parties and individuals in the Dáil on common policy objectives and issues of concern to the people we represent. Our support for any government would be dependent on a programme which would end the crisis in the health services, prioritise investment in primary school education, build social and affordable housing and support job creation. We will also seek support for advanced preparations for Irish re-unification."