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Big story of election is realignment of Irish politics – Gerry Adams

● Imelda Munster and Gerry Adams elected as Sinn Féin TDs for Louth

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:-

  1. Eoin Ó Broin TD – Dublin Mid West

  2. Brian Stanley TD – Laois

  3. Mary Lou McDonald TD – Dublin Central

  4. Peadar Tóibín TD – Meath West

  5. John Brady TD – Wicklow

  6. David Cullinane TD – Waterford

  7. Kathleen Funchion TD – Kilkenny

  8. Maurice Quinlivan TD – Limerick City

  9. Dessie Ellis TD – Dublin North West

  10. Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD – Dublin South Central

  11. Carol Nolan TD – Offaly

  12. Seán Crowe TD – Dublin South West

  13. Pat Buckley TD – Cork East

  14. Gerry Adams TD – Louth

  15. Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD – Cork South Central

  16. Louise O' Reilly TD – Dublin Fingal

  17. Jonathan O'Brien TD – Cork North Central

  18. Pearse Doherty TD – Donegal

  19. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD – Cavan/Monaghan

  20. Imelda Munster TD – Louth

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