Gerry Adams - Sinn Fein is open to coalition talks with all parties
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has significantly softened his view on forming a coalition with the establishment parties as the countdown to the general election begins.
In a remarkable change of policy, Mr Adams yesterday said his party is open to talking to all political parties about forming a government once the ballots are counted.
Asked yesterday which parties he is open to forming a government with, Mr Adams said: "Whoever at the end of the election process has a mandate to form a government and if we can agree a programme for government which reflects our mandate and core values."
Contrast His comments are in stark contrast to previous commitments from Sinn Fein, which ruled out going into a coalition with any of the establishment parties unless they were the majority party.
The move is likely to cause concern among Sinn Fein's core support who are adamantly opposed to propping up Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
Both parties, along with the Labour Party and Renua have publicly ruled out going into government with Sinn Féin.
Mr Adams said "anything can happen" during the election and warned against speculation ahead of the actual election.
"Sinn Féin could fall flat on our face, Fine Gael could be wiped out," he said.
He also said Sinn Fein would not end up like the Labour Party and said he is not Eamon Gilmore when asked his intentions to become Taoiseach.
"I am not Eamon Gilmore. Sinn Fein is not the Labour Party," he said. "We are not going to go flying about saying Gerry Adams for Taoiseach or any of that nonsense."