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Government in the dock in by-election case

28 July, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

The Government is to appear in the High Court tomorrow as a result of an action taken by Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty over their failure to hold the Donegal South West by-election.

Senator Doherty has made a last minute appeal to the Government to withdraw from case and allow the people to go to the polls at the earliest opportunity.

He said:

“The Government has only itself to blame for finding itself in the dock in the High Court tomorrow. They have put democracy on hold for the people of Donegal South West to suit their own narrow party political agenda.

“I, or any of my fellow constituents, should not have to go to the High Court to defend our constitutional right to equal representation. The fact is that I would prefer not to but the Government has forced my hand.

“The fact that the Government is prepared to go to the High Court to defend it denial of equal representation to the people of my constituency is a sign of both their arrogant attitude and their fear of the electorate.

“If the Government had any sense of decency they would withdraw from this case and allow the people of Donegal South West go to the polls to fill the vacant Dáil seat.” ENDS

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