28 February 2016
Big story of election is realignment of Irish politics – Gerry Adams
THE BIG STORY in this election is the ongoing realignment of Irish politics and the massive strides forward for Sinn Féin, other parties and Independents, Gerry Adams has said.
“Sinn Féin fought this election with a plan for a fair recovery and alongside those standing on the Right2Change platform,” the re-elected TD for Louth said.
He added that Sinn Féin has secured a substantial increase in support: “We have new candidates elected right across the state.”
Sinn Féin had 20 TDs elected up to 7pm Sunday night, up from 14 TDs in 2011.
He said that we are witnessing is the ongoing fundamental realignment of Irish politics which took a step forward in this election.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael no longer command a majority of support. These parties cannot and will not deliver the changes required in health and housing. They will not stand up for the interests of citizens and they will set aside the election slogans and promises and revert to type.”
“It is now clear that a progressive alternative exists, and has grown in electoral strength.
“Sinn Féin will work with those elected on the Right2Change platform and other progressives to determine how best to use our increased mandates for fairness, growth, jobs and investment in public services.”
The Sinn Féin TDs elected up to 7pm Sunday:-
Eoin Ó Broin TD – Dublin Mid West
Brian Stanley TD – Laois
Mary Lou McDonald TD – Dublin Central
Peadar Tóibín TD – Meath West
John Brady TD – Wicklow
David Cullinane TD – Waterford
Kathleen Funchion TD – Kilkenny
Maurice Quinlivan TD – Limerick City
Dessie Ellis TD – Dublin North West
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD – Dublin South Central
Carol Nolan TD – Offaly
Seán Crowe TD – Dublin South West
Pat Buckley TD – Cork East
Gerry Adams TD – Louth
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD – Cork South Central
Louise O' Reilly TD – Dublin Fingal
Jonathan O'Brien TD – Cork North Central
Pearse Doherty TD – Donegal
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD – Cavan/Monaghan
Imelda Munster TD – Louth