DUBLIN: Sinn Fein Trebles Its Dail Seats To 15 In General Election Victory

27 Feb

Sinn Fein is on course to treble its seats in the Dail to 15 with party president Gerry Adams topping the poll in Louth after giving up his Westminster seat for West Belfast.

Their success in the south was extended with seats right around the border including two TDs in Donegal.

Mr Adams secured his seat in Louth on the first count with more than 15,000 votes.

This is Mr Adams’ first bid for election success in the Republic.

The declaration followed his dramatic decision to resign the West Belfast Westminster seat he first won in 1983, and to step down from the Northern Ireland Assembly, in order to enter southern Irish politics.

The Sinn Fein president, who was hoisted on to the shoulders of jubilant supporters, said his party was set to make significant gains in the election.

“We went out in this election, we set out our stall very, very clearly,” he said. “I think the votes across the state show a significant amount of people support the position we have taken up.”

He said he had sought only to win a seat and credited his election team with the poll-topping result.

After criticism of his performance in debating economic issues, he dismissed claims that this might resurface in the Dail.

“I don’t have any concerns at all about that,” he said. “The people who are challenging me on our economic position are the people who brought the economy to its knees.”

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