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Sinn Féin representative in South Dublin welcomes High Court decision on Donegal by-election

12 July, 2010


Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has welcomed the High Court decision to grant leave to Senator Pearse Doherty to bring a judicial review challenging the Government’s failure to hold the Donegal South West by-election. Mr Tracey said similar action could be taken in Dublin South if the Government does not hold the by-election here.

He said, “While Dublin South differs slightly from Donegal South West in that the seat there has been vacant for over a year now similar action could be taken here if the Government does not allow for the election to take place before next spring.

“However, the political realities remain the same. People in Dublin South are suffering the effects of the current economic climate just as other constituencies. Many people have lost their jobs and the Government has cut social welfare rates. People are struggling just to get by. Many are in negative equity and in fear of losing their homes.

“Yet we have still not got our full representation in the Dáil despite the resignation of George Lee more than five months ago. This is unacceptable.

“I welcome the High Court ruling today allowing my colleague Senator Pearse Doherty to take a judicial review challenging the Government’s failure to hold the Donegal by-election.

“If this case is successful, or if the Government is embarrassed into holding the Donegal by-election, then there is no reason why the elections in Dublin South and in Waterford should not take place on the same day.” ENDS

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