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Sinn Féin calls for Donegal South West by-election – Ó Caoláin

1 July, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin has today tabled a Dáil calling for the Donegal South West by-election writ to be moved to fill the seat left vacant as a result of the election of Pat the Cope Gallagher to the European Parliament.

Sinn Féin Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD will this morning call on the Government, at the order of business in the Dáil, to allow time for the motion to be debated.

Speaking to the media Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The people of Donegal South West have a right to full representation in the Dáil. The government must not drag its heels on this and needs to act on the Sinn Féin motion.

“It won’t just be the members of the Dáil who will take a dim view of any attempt by Fianna Fáil and the Green’s to shy away from moving the by-election writ.

“The people of Donegal South West live in one of the counties hardest hit by the current recession. Successive Fianna Fáil TDs have failed this constituency in the good times and the bad.

“Any attempt by this government to mute their voice in the Dáil will not be acceptable to Sinn Féin and it will not be acceptable to the electorate and people of Donegal South West.” ENDS

Text of motion:
That the Ceann Comhairle direct the Clerk of the Dáil to issue his writ for the election of a Member to fill the vacancy which has occurred in the membership of the present Dáil consequent on the election to the European Parliament of Pat' the Cope' Gallagher, a member for the constituency of Donegal South West. – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan, Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

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