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Election 2014

Gerry Adams: We didn't have enough candidates to capitalise on Sinn Féin's popularity

“If we had been able to run more – and we knew this – we would have got more votes.”

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GERRY ADAMS HAS admitted that Sinn Féin did not have enough candidates to capitalise on the rise in its vote across the country in the local elections.

The party president was speaking after dozens of Sinn Féin candidates were elected across the country. The party is now on course to be the biggest on Dublin City Council.

However, in some areas despite gaining enough to votes to get three councillors elected they only had two candidates like in Clondalkin where Eoin Ó Broin and teenager Jonathan Graham were elected but the party had a big enough quota to elect another candidate.

Adams said the party didn’t have the structure or capacity to cope with its success in some areas, saying at the RDS today: ”We didn’t have the candidates, we didn’t have the structure we didn’t have the capacity in many areas.

He added: “If we had been able to run more – and we knew this – we would have got more votes. But it’s a building process.”

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