Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will stand for the position of Taoiseach on Thursday in the Dáil.
This move to stand for the position is monumental as it ensures that no party will have a majority when the 32nd Dáil commences this week. If Gerry Adams had not announced this move, it seemed certain that Enda Kenny or Michéal Martin would be elected with the support of the Independents and smaller parties.
Deputy Adams said in a statement today that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are delaying giving the Irish people a Government that is needed to make decisions.
His official statement on announcing his nomination was as follows:
“Sinn Féin fought this election to seek a mandate to lead a progressive government based on the principles of equality and fairness, a commitment to build public services, to deliver relief to hard pressed families and citizens and to develop the peace process and a for Irish unity.
“As the party with the largest number of votes on the island, as the largest bloc within the Right2Change movement and as the third largest party in the Dáil and the main party of the working class in this State, it is incumbent on Sinn Féin to nominate a candidate for the position of Taoiseach when the Dáil resumes.
“Those who are homeless and those on hospital trolleys can’t wait for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil – two parties with the same political philosophy and policies, with the numbers to do a deal – to try and figure out how they can control both sides of the Dáil. It is completely unacceptable.
“Sinn Féin will push for the Dáil to continue sitting, even if a Government is not formed on Thursday, to ensure ministers are held accountable for their decisions and to ensure accountability on the issues affecting citizens.”