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Ó Snodaigh calls for Dublin South by-election date

3 February, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has supported a motion in the Dáil this evening calling for the writ to be moved for the Dublin South by-election to take place.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Sinn Féin has consistently called on the Government to move the writ for the Dublin South by-election. Our representative in the constituency, Shaun Tracey, has consistently said that the Government's current problems should not be an impediment to the democratic entitlements of the people of Dublin South.

"The people of South Dublin have now been under-represented for almost six months since the sad passing of Séamus Brennan. We in Sinn Féin agree that there should be time given to mourn the passing of an elected member of this house before preparations begin on the process to replace that member. However, we feel very strongly that the current unwritten arrangements, where the party to which the deceased member belonged has complete discretion in deciding when the by-election takes place, is wrong and definite parameters need to be set.

"The people of Dublin South are of course not without need for proper representation. Unemployment in the constituency continues to rise in line with the national average, many new home owners are facing home repossessions and the provision of social housing is at crisis in many parts of the constituency.

"The Government should move the writ and set a date to rectify the democratic imbalance in Dublin South at the earliest opportunity." ENDS

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