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Handshakes and small talk

'Come over here': Gerry and Enda shook hands in Sligo this morning


GERRY ADAMS AND Enda Kenny crossed paths on the campaign trail in Sligo earlier today.

Despite their sharp differences of opinion it was all handshakes and small talk as the pair met while out and about.

Initially, however, it looked as if the meet and greet would not take place as the Sinn Féin president departed the Sligo Park Hotel where the Taoiseach was arriving for an event this morning.

Indeed, pictures showed the Taoiseach’s car speeding past the Sinn Féin battle bus in the hotel car park.

Adams initially believed that Kenny was trying to avoid him. He tweeted: “Come out. Come out. Wherever U r.”

He told reporters at the hotel:

Well, I think I can see the Taoiseach over there in the hedge. You see? Look! Look! Look behind you! There’s his wee head peeping up.

Adams had already met with the Fine Gael candidates who were waiting for the Taoiseach at the hotel, including former junior minister John Perry.

Eventually, however, Kenny and Adams did cross paths when they arrived at Ocean FM for separate interviews.

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The Taoiseach beckoned Adams, shouting ”come over here” and speaking in Irish. Adams shook Kenny’s hand and introduced the Sinn Féin candidate in the constituency Chris McManus.

“Chris, how you doing? Good luck to you, Chris, up against a formidable Fine Gael team here in Sligo-Leitrim,” Kenny responded.

But there was no flies on the Sinn Féin hopeful who shot back: “Well they’re against a formidable Sinn Féin team here too.”

Kenny acknowledged: “Of course yeah and we’re up for that competition.”

Adams later tweeted triumphantly:

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