Adams denies he’s ‘not savvy’ on tax plan

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has dismissed suggestions he was not “savvy” on financial matters or his party’s manifesto during the general election campaign.

Adams denies he’s ‘not savvy’ on tax plan

The TD also said yesterday that Sinn Féin’s priorities after votes are counted will be to sit down with other like-minded political groups under Right2Change to see about forming a government.

He predicted that tomorrow’s general election would be “historic”.

Speaking at the party’s final press conference at the National Gallery in Dublin, he also said: “On Friday, Sinn Fein is asking citizens to seize the opportunity to elect a new progressive government led by Sinn Féin under the Right2Change principles.”

Mr Adams dismissed concerns about Sinn Féin’s drop in the polls in recent days.

Asked by the Irish Examiner about his inability to sufficiently answer questions about tax as well as the hiring of consultants during recent interviews, Mr Adams responded that Pearse Doherty, the party’s finance spokesman, knew all the details.

However, Mr Adams declared it was he who would put the policies forward.

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“I disregard the charge that I’m not savvy on these issues.”

Mr Adams also said that gardaí had the names of the two party figures, alleged to have murdered prison officer Brian Stack.

Mr Adams denied that he had withheld information and insisted that he was willing to help the family of the murdered officer.

“I have a list [of names] which I got from Austin Stack [the brother of the murdered officer], which he says he got from the gardaí.”

Mr Adams said it was not new information and that he had not been in contact with the Stack family in a few months.

“The names of the people that Mr Stack said he wanted to talk to, I spoke to them, they deny any involvement at all in this.”

Meanwhile, the Independent Alliance has said it is open to sharing power with any group or party as long as any coalition abides by its 10 principles.

The TDs and senators under the alliance yesterday would not rule out going into government with anyone or supporting different party leaders as Taoiseach.

Furthermore, putative alliance leader Shane Ross said it may be possible for any newly-elected TD to join his group after the general election.

“This is all new to us. We’ll see,” he explained.

Mr Ross said that it was hoped the alliance would elect double-digit numbers of TDs tomorrow.

Candidates at the alliance’s press conference promised to publish any deal agreed with other parties, if any of them or the alliance are asked to support a Government.

Mr Ross insisted though that negotiations would be based on the alliance’s 10 principles, many based on political reform, and not on local needs.

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