Sinn Féin TDs and Senators gather for 'think-in' in Co Louth

Friday 06 September 2013 22.01
The 'think-in' is being held in the constituency of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
The 'think-in' is being held in the constituency of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin TDs and Senators have spent the day in a strategy session ahead of the resumption of the Dáil the week after next.

The party has described a credit line secured by the Government to ease the exit from the Troika programme as a 'second bailout'.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that he did not expect the credit line would ever be used.

However, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty insisted it represented a second bailout and demanded that any conditions attached be clarified.

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said that it was clear a precautionary arrangement would be needed, and accused Sinn Féin of being solely interested in political advantage.

The session also heard criticism of the scale of alcohol consumption in Leinster House on the night of the vote on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, when the Dáil sat until the early hours.

€1,400 euro was spent in the members’ bar, a figure that prompted Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to say he was shocked at the drinking.

Vice president Mary Lou McDonald insisted that alcohol had no place in the workplace.

Earlier, Mr Adams did not dampen speculation that former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews is to join Sinn Féin.

Mr Adams said it was a matter for the party's Ard Chomhairle, which meets at the weekend.