Ardfheis leaves door open for Sinn Féin to enter coalition government

Conference rejects motion that SF would ‘only enter a coalition as the largest party’

Books, pamphlets and pictures are seen for sale at Sinn Fein’s ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Books, pamphlets and pictures are seen for sale at Sinn Fein’s ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Delegates at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Derry have rejected a motion that would have limited the party’s ability to enter into a coalition government in the South after the next general election.

The conference adopted a motion stating that that party was “committed to being in government North and South” and rejected a contrary motion from the west Cork comhairle ceanntair or district council that Sinn Féin should only go into government in the Republic “as the largest party”.

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