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Fine Gael must waste no time in moving by-election writ – Tracey

11 February, 2010


South Dublin Sinn Féin Representative Shaun Tracey has called on Fine Gael to waste no time in moving the writ for the by-election to fill the seat left vacant by George Lee.

Mr. Tracey said Fine Gael had pushed hard for a date for last year’s election when they were confident of winning it and any delay in moving the writ now would show a level of hypocrisy on their part.

Speaking in the aftermath of George Lee’s resignation Mr. Tracey said:

“The electorate in South Dublin were made to wait eleven months after the death of Séamus Brennan to have their representation in the Dáil restored as Fianna Fáil sought to get their house in order. They were heavily criticised at the time for the delay by other party’s including Fine Gael.

“This time round, as it is a Fine Gael seat to be replaced, the unwritten rule says that it is up to Fine Gael to move the writ and they should waste no time in doing so. If there is any un-due delay on the part of Fine Gael in moving the writ for the Dublin South by-election it will show a level of hypocrisy on their part.

“Fine Gael should this week indicate a time in which they intend to move the writ for the Dublin South by-election to take place.” ENDS

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