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Ó Caoláin calls on Taoiseach to move writ for Donegal South West by-election

19 January, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give a commitment to move the writ for the Donegal South West by-election to provide for a spring election. Deputy Ó Caoláin said if the Government does not move the writ in a reasonable timeframe then Sinn Féin will move it again.

He said:

“The Government’s Legislative Programme published today tells us that the heads of the Local Government Bill to establish a Dublin Mayor and Regional Authority have not yet been approved by Government. Yet Minister Gormley has been out and about promising an election in June for this new office which does not exist.

“Meanwhile the Chief Whip Deputy Carey has told us the Government is too preoccupied to set a date for the by-election in Donegal South-West, for a vacancy in this House that has existed for over six months.

“Whatever the Government is preoccupied with it is not addressing unemployment in Donegal which went from over 15,000 in December 2008 to over 20,000 in December 2009.

“Will the Government move the writ for Donegal South West to provide for a spring by-election? I put the Govt. on notice that if they do not do so within a reasonable time we in Sinn Féin will be moving the writ again.” ENDS

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