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