Coming Up On The Inside


At Leinster House this afternoon; From left: Pearse Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald, David Cullinane, Gerry Adams,and Aengus Ó Snodaigh

“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.”

Gerry Adamas, Sinn Féin President this afternoon

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63 thoughts on “Coming Up On The Inside

  1. Declan

    So will they go into Government with someone else or what even as the junior partner. Best way to keep ministers accountable is to do the job yourself

  2. p

    “the main party of the working class in this State”
    Doing a great job already creating divisions. I’d like to hear from the main party of the left-handed plumbers and see what they have to say…

    1. Donger

      Stop. Gerry’s just moved in to his new gaf in clontarf which he’s spent the past few months tarting up. Real man of the working classes?

  3. Clampers Outside!

    “As the party with the largest number of votes on the island”
    So what? It means nothing to us in the South Gerry. It’s a different country, and one you agreed to respect in the Good Friday Agreement. Shove your hot air up your own hole Gerry.

    “as the largest bloc within the Right2Change movement”
    A campaign you hi-jacked when you lost a seat to Paul Murphy. Stick your opportunism and populism up your hole too.

    “and as the third largest party in the Dáil”
    Some people are really believing the snake oil salesman routine. Nowt I can do ’bout that. You are good at it.

    “and the main party of the working class in this State”
    That’s your claim. I’ll happily be corrected if anyone has stats, but with votes being secret…..

    Gerry Adams for Taoiseach…. not in my lifetime mate. You need to apologise to the victims of the abusers you set loose on an innocent public. Then you need to get down and kiss the feet of everyone on this island for denying it…. like a priest.

    Fupp Off ya scumbag !

    1. dylad

      I wouldn’t trust that band of shapeshifters. They are not the socialists we are looking for.

      1. Peter

        Kenny and Martin do eh?
        Sinn Fein showed up FF, FG and Labour incompetence in that department.

    2. Same old same old

      You’re a total idiot but perhaps you have mental issues?
      I’d be embarrassed if I had nothing better to do that post reactionary anti democratic gobspoo rhetoric all day

    3. TheFerg

      Imagine him rocking out of the Áras straight into Garda HQ!! Files on his comrades and brother in one hand, lighter in the other. ‘sake.
      Spot on Clampers.

    4. :-Joe

      @Clampers… I don’t disagree with your vitriol and your opposition to SF… BUT

      All politicians lie and do bad things….especially establishment parties. if you look at FF / FG they are just as bad as anyone has been with their repeated neglect and contempt for the people of Ireland. If you had to choose….

      Do you want the bhoys [FF/FG ] -OR- SF…. to form a coalition and agreed programme for government?

      How anyone would prefer a repeat of FF/FG as a better alternative than giving SF a chance is just plain daft.
      I can’t see a new opposition party being allowed to form in the next 10-15 years without SF even if it’s only temporarily.

      The best outcome is for FF/FG to merge either as a new government or opposition so that an alternative group can challenge them as one party in either this election cycle or the next.

      SF is the only party big enough to facilitate this at the moment or facilitate the growth of another new and better party in the next 10-15 years and cleanse the system of the old ways.


    5. Iwerzon

      so my mammy and da live in a different country – 45mins up the road. Your a bitter trolling dick clampers who wasn’t bounced on yer ma’s knee enough it seems. The shinners have some apologies to make right enough- FF and FG/L have more and if you need me to spell these out to you, well, enough said.

  4. Serf

    Just a bit curious why – when they have unequivocally stated that they will not be seeking to enter government in this Dail – they are proposing Jarry as Taoiseach?

    1. Harry Molloy

      To give the impression to their supporters, who aren’t overburdened with critical thinking, that they are trying to do something when it is obvious they are not.

      1. Zarathustra

        They always revert to type, only a few months’ ago they were promoting Mary Lou as the next Taoiseach.

        1. Same old same old

          A few days ago Fig Leaf Gael were dating the a independents and this week they were seen necking with the Fianna Fluffers? What’s your point? Is there a different standard for the parties with whom you do not agree?

    1. Andy

      Maybe Kevin “Boxer” Moran could have a word with him.
      Clothes that fit are soooooo 2015.

  5. DubLoony

    Gerry Adams is endorsed for Taoiseach post with IRA’s Blessing

    I do wish they make up their mind if they are gone away or not.
    All the votes in the world are meaningless to these clowns when they are being run by the back room puppet masters.
    ” admitted that Sinn Fein “don’t have a parliamentary party” and that key decisions were made by the ard chomhairle.”

    The grand plan was that they would have huge success in 2016, using 1916 are lever, be in charge north & south. It hasn’t quite worked out like that.

  6. Boba Fettucine

    Did they mean the party with the most votes in The British Isles? Or the party with most votes in The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland? Because I don’t think they can claim either. It’s almost definitely the Conservative Party.

    This party has one policy and one policy only. Don’t be be fooled by the bandying around of ‘socialism’ and ‘working class’.

    1. pedeyw

      I’d imagine by “Island” they mean “Island of Ireland”, as in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I don’t trust them either but they’re not being particularly unclear on that point.

      1. Boba Fettucine

        I was pointing out, albeit circuitously, that having the most votes on the island is utterly meaningless given that said island is comprised of two entirely different sovereign states.

        1. Same old same old

          No it isn’t, their stated mandate is for the reunification of the island of Ireland

      2. GOS

        Whatever they meant by it it’s wrong.

        Add together SF’s votes in the UK general election and the February election and it still falls short of both FG and FF.

        FG is the party with the most votes on the island, followed closely by FF.

        It is of course an utterly irrelevant matter when it comes to who should be Taoiseach, where we do not give parties the right to govern with the support of fewer than 50% of elected representatives.

  7. some old queen

    Oh dear, the SF bashers are quick off the mark this evening.

    The comment about controlling both sides of the house is very valid. If you look back in history you will see that not only did the parties flip flop into government but that they actually interchanged policies in opposition. The opposition always played to the left until they got in power.

    I wonder if the current concern by the two main parties is SF as an opposition or anyone being a credible alternative because it means there is only half the jobs for the boys as they now have to share?

    I personally think SF will make a good opposition, a real one for a change.

    1. Declan

      Sinn Fein is an establishment party. They campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Look at that they are doing in the North where they are the government. It’s business as usual.

      In the South they jumped on the AAA/PBP’s bandwagon but as soon as they got in they’d do the same as FF and FG just with a different tint.

      That’s what annoys me about them. It’s the holy Joe crap which would fit in nicely with good old holy Roman Catholic Ireland

      1. Rob_G

        “They campaign in poetry and govern in prose.” – I shall certainly be borrowing that.

    2. DubLoony

      They can stay in opposition. In NI, they completely bottled welfare reform and handed it back to the Tories. They have a worse child poverty rate than here, worse disability welfare (70% of which claimed after GFA so not Ttroubles related) and just about worse all round.

      1. Neilo

        Their only expertise in what passes for government in the Six is creating a taxpayer-funded clientist state with their cronies in the DUP. Tribal loyalties spanning generations as long as the buroo meets basic physical needs. Leave aside all the moral concerns in relation to the Troubles, this group is an absolute shower that couldn’t run a 5K.

  8. Old Bawn

    Who is this Gerry Adamas of whom you speak? Is he in any way associated with the economically challenged British politician who was elected as a TD in Louth?

  9. phil

    Its a story, but its also best story Ive heard recently , maybe the only story. Saying that I still couldn’t bring myself to vote for them when I stood in the polling booth. It strange , I know what politicians says in front of the cameras is guff , but I often find myself agreeing with a lot of the statements that have come out of the top 3’s gobs. Thinking about it I have no clue why I cant vote for them, maybe it wasn’t the done thing where I grew up but whatever it is its weakening …..

  10. some old queen

    The interesting thing about SF is that while they have a sizable representation, it is very hard to actually find anyone who will say they voted for them. Probably because their opponents are so vocal. Just like on BS.

    My ideal situation would be FF and FG in government together, SF as main opposition and Shane Ross as Ceann Comhairle. That would be more entertaining than all the soaps put together.

    Did I read somewhere that the Ceann Comhairle is to be elected by secret ballot because there is no government in place?

    1. Declan

      Sinn Fein doesn’t need defending or is out vocalised. It’s got enough Sinnerbots to do that on the message boards and with Eoin O’Broin to fill the columns it doesn’t need help there either.

      If you’re looking to help someone try Labour

      1. some old queen

        If my observations appear as support then perhaps it is your optics that are skewed?

        I suspect that the real problem is not SF’s history but their current message which irks some people. Talk of a peaceful reunification seems to elicit a very emotional response from certain quarters when in fact it is a perfectly legitimate view to hold. Is the real fear that it will be mainstreamed again?

    2. Delacaravanio

      The secret ballot change was introduced by the last government, and voted for by the last dail, well before this game of musical chairs started.

  11. Tommy

    Ah Boys and Girls think for a moment
    Let G become the big T
    It would be great craic altogether
    Intoxicating heady times
    Him being the mouthpiece for senior civil servants


    Does the number of innocent murdered by the IRA equate the number of elderly, disabled, homeless who have died prematurely as direct consequence of psychopathic austerity measures, cutbacks etc… not forgetting those who have taken their own life through suicide, again as a result of direct/indirect austerity measures by both FF & FG over the last 10+ years?

    White collar murder.

    As feckless Cowen used to sputter, “We are where we are”

    1. Rob_G

      No, the IRA killed way more people than any metric you could invent.

      (the suicide rate in Ireland peaked in 2001)

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