Stormont Executive election ‘unavoidable’ according to Sinn Féin

The Sinn Féin President has left the door open for talks to save the Stormont Executive from collapse despite others in his party insisting an election is now unavoidable. 

But Gerry Adams says he believes an election is necessary. 

The party will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon with just days before an election is triggered. 

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An offer from the DUP to talks on establishing an inquiry into the 'cash for ash' scandal appeared to be rebuffed from many in Sinn Féin. 

Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald insisted this morning an election is unavoidable, while outgoing Stormont Health Minister Michelle O'Neill says the party isn't interested in negotiations pre-election. 

But speaking to reporters in Dublin, Gerry Adams appeared to leave the door open for last minute talks

He's also called on the Irish and British Governments to play a bigger role  in managing the peace process and not just get involved when there's a crisis, a message he'll deliver to Taoiseach Enda Kenny when they meet this afternoon.

Former Tipperary TD, Senator and advisor during the Northern Peace Process Martin Mansergh is predicting a very bitter campaign.

Speaking on Tipp Today he said the end result of elections in the North might not bring much change.