VIDEO: Gerry Adams on Stormont impasse

Gerry Adams has spoken about the cross party opposition in Northern Ireland to austerity.

After he voted in the Republic’s referendums, we asked the Sinn Fein president if he thought the Stormont institutions could collapse next week over welfare reform.

Gerry Adams, at Dulargy National School, Ravensdale after voting Yes in the same sex marriage referendum. Picture by Ben Lowry

Gerry Adams, at Dulargy National School, Ravensdale after voting Yes in the same sex marriage referendum. Picture by Ben Lowry

He side-stepped any predictions and said: “News Letter readers, working class unionists, loyalists will be as badly affected by Tory austerity policies as anybody else.”

When it was put to Mr Adams that the new Conservative government has a mandate for welfare reform, he replied: “Well they don’t have a mandate here. No party stood on a pro austerity platform.”

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