Sinn Fein leader to seek seat in Irish parliament
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 14, 2010, 22:23
Dublin: The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party has announced that its leader, Gerry Adams, plans to run for a seat in Ireland's parliament in hopes of raising the party profile in the Republic of Ireland.

Sinn Fein is the major party in Northern Ireland's Irish Catholic minority but has struggled to influence politics south of the border.

If successful, Adams would become Sinn Fein's first politician to hold posts in both the parliaments of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Adams is one of five Sinn Fein politicians who hold seats in the British House of Commons, although all refuse to take their seats because of the requirement to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

Adams will make his announcement today in a speech to party supporters in Louth. He will seek election in that border county.


First Published: Sunday, November 14, 2010, 22:23

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