Gerry Adams on Sunday night ruled out the possibility of his Sinn Fein party becoming part of an Irish coalition government, after results from Friday’s elections suggested that months of political deadlock lie ahead.
With the ruling centre-Right Fine Gael bloc losing votes after an anti-austerity backlash, no overall winner looks likely to emerge by the time vote counting is finished later on Monday.
Sinn Fein, which promotes a Left-wing agenda, has sought to portray the sense of disarray as a sign of disillusionment with establishment politics.
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