International Representative for west Belfast to contest Irish seat?

Apparently the rumours are true…  We’ll see.  The BBC reports that the International Representative for west Belfast, Gerry Adams, MP, MLA, is “expected to announce later that he intends running for the Irish parliament in the next election.”

For Louth?

As Gerry Adams said himself, “I think there is an issue that I do not stand for election in the south and I have a constituency in another jurisdiction.”


Update  From the updated BBC report

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is to step down as an MP and Stormont assembly member to stand for election in the Irish Republic.

He said he hoped to contest the Louth constituency, near the Irish border.

He said his Stormont replacement would be chosen this week, while he would remain as MP for West Belfast until the Irish general election is called.

Mr Adams said the main reasons for his surprise decision were the economic crisis and the need for new ideas.

And the crisis for the party and the need for new ideas?

From the BBC’s Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson

As the peace process has settled down in recent years, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has often looked bored.

There is no longer a new political crisis every week in Belfast. As a result, Mr Adams has a reduced workload and a much lower profile.

That may not be the main reason he has decided to run for the Irish parliament, but it may well be a factor.

While his right-hand man Martin McGuinness has, as deputy first minister, become the face of Sinn Fein at Stormont, Mr Adams has had a peripheral role.

He spends a lot of time south of the border, but as an unelected politician he is effectively shouting from the sidelines.

At 62, he has decided to try to re-invent himself. If elected he would try to lead a surge in support for Sinn Fein in the south.

If he loses, it could spell the end of his long political career.

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  • david scott

    If GA is coming to the rescue of the irish economy then god help us! The facts are that the mary lou project has failed and that there arent many new strong southern candidates for SF.
    I dont think this has been mentioned but Morgan was a generally well liked and hard working TD particularly in North Louth. He has a big personal vote from people who wouldn maybe be traditional SF voters and i cannot see all these votes being transferred to GA! Morgan got in at count 6 beating off McGuiness from FG and Dearey from greens in the 07 election but i believe the louth constituency is going to 5 seats so GA should get in but maybe with a reduced number of votes
    I cant see the Liam Adams affair in Dundalk and the fact that some of the disappeared were found in Louth will help him in the long run however!

  • Seymour Major

    MPs salary is £65,738. TD’s salary is €112,000.

  • pippakin

    It is suggested there might be an addition to the list of potential representatives in Louth.

  • Greenflag

    @ seymour major ,

    And what do we get for paying them double the money ?

    Double the mess 🙁

    This is one area where I agree cutting spending is essential . They need to set an example for more overpaid public sector and banking gougers.