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Sinn Féin welcomes announcement of date for Dublin South by-election

4 February, 2009


South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has welcomed the announcement of a date for the by-election in Dublin South to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Séamus Brennan. However Mr. Tracey criticised the Fiann Fáil Party for failing to move the writ for the election to take place earlier.

Speaking this week after the Government Chief Whip Pat Carey announced that the by-election in Dublin South will take place on the same day as the local and European elections Mr. Tracey said, "I welcome the fact that we now have a date for the by-election to fill the seat left vacant by the sad death of Séamus Brennan.

"However, by the time the by-election comes around the people of Dublin South will have been under represented for almost one whole year. This is completely unacceptable. Fianna Fáil has had ample opportunity to hold the election and should have done so well before now.

"Of course everyone knows that the real reason that Fianna Fáil has failed to move the writ before now is its current popularity rating and the likelihood of them losing the seat. While this may be a genuine fear it is absolutely no excuse for denying the people of Dublin South their democratic entitlements." ENDS

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