Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party's loss of seats in the election was 'obviously a disappointment'.

He said it was always going to be a difficult election for Sinn Féin and claimed that the established parties for months beforehand were trying to make the party irrelevant.

Mr Adams said that in the course of the campaign it became a referendum on the Taoiseach and who voters wanted to run the economy.

He said all of the other issues that Sinn Féin put on the political agenda about public services, the equality agenda, Irish unity and the environment, are issues which the incoming Government was going to have to address.

Mr Adams said it is unprecedented and very challenging to try and build in jurisdictions in a partitioned Ireland but he thinks that Sinn Féin is up for that challenge.

He said Sinn Féin should be judged on the changes they are capable of bringing about.

He believes the people voted for continuity but they are still dissatisfied that the economy is not serving the public services, that the equality agenda still needs to be dealt with and that Irish unity still remains an attainable goal.

Mr Adams said he wants to see an end to a British jurisdiction on this island and he believes it is attainable.

He said that when it came to it, with a booming economy people decided that they did not want change.