Gerry Adams rules out a Sinn Fein coalition with the main Irish parties 3 years ago

Gerry Adams rules out a Sinn Fein coalition with the main Irish parties

Will his position change?

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has stated his party will not be helping either of Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil to form a coalition government.

While the final results from the General Election aren't expected until Monday, Adams has said “we aren’t going to go in there (to government) and betray our electorate and betray the other people who need a progressive government. We are not going to go in and prop up a regressive and negative old conservative government, whatever the particular party political complexion".

While this isn't exactly a surprising development given Sinn Fein's stance during campaigning, there's no denying that there's a fairly substantial change in Irish politics coming. Fine Gael have lost nearly 30 seats while Labour face the very real prospect of keeping fewer than 10 seats in the Dail.

Adams' rejection of a potential left-right coalition would suggest that the makeup of the next cabinet could require weeks of further negotiations.

Here's the interview from Adams that also features Mary Lou McDonald and Martin McGuinness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQqN6Jok_M

Clip via - Press Association