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Sinn Féin challenges Government to hold Donegal South-West by-election - Ó Caoláin

5 May, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin challenges Government to hold Donegal South-West by-election

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD is this afternoon (Wednesday) moving the writ for the Donegal South-West by-election which he challenged the Government to hold in the coming weeks.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Almost a year has passed since Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher MEP resigned his Dáil seat and there is no indication that the Fianna Fáil/Green Government intends to restore full representation to the people of Donegal South West.

“The Government’s refusal to hold the by-election is politically not surprising given the disastrous nature and massive unpopularity of this Government but it is democratically unacceptable.

“Sinn Féin last moved the writ for this by-election in July of last year. No movement has been made since then by the Government to fill the vacancy.

“But in the period since the seat has been vacant unemployment in Donegal has increased from 19,895 to 21,075 - an increase of 3,180 people. 4,697 young people in Donegal under the age of 25 are out of work. 336 jobs have been lost in the local authority alone since July 2008. The fishing sector is on its knees. There has been a 30% decline in overseas visitors since 1999.

“The Fianna Fáil/Green Government has failed the people of Donegal South West. They have failed to implement a jobs creation and retention strategy for the county which is haemorrhaging jobs left, right and centre.

“The by-election for Donegal South West should be called without delay.

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