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Adams welcomes leave for judicial review over failure to hold Donegal by-election

12 July, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Speaking today after the High Court granted leave for a judicial review over the Government’s failure to hold a by election for the vacant Dáil seat in Donegal South
West, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“Firstly I want to commend Senator Pearse Doherty for taking this case on behalf of the constituents of Donegal South West who have been left under-represented in the Dail for over a year now.

“Today’s court’s decision is an important development in the ongoing efforts to force the government to live up to its democratic responsibilities by holding this long overdue by-election.

“Like constituencies across this country, Donegal South West is facing serious economic difficulties including high levels of unemployment in particular.

“Continued political under-representation can only compound the problems of disadvantage being experienced in Donegal South West.

“Sinn Féin made several attempts in the Dáil to have the writ for the by-election moved but this was rejected by the Government who have been running scared of facing the electorate. There was clearly no other option but to bring this matter to the courts.

“This case is about standing up for the rights of the electorate and it is about equal representation for the people of Donegal South West.” ENDS

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