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Cowen’s comments on Donegal by-election insulting – Doherty

20 September, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking at his party’s think in meeting in Dublin today Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty described Brian Cowen’s comments, that the Donegal South West by-election will take place sometime in 2011, as an insult to the people of Donegal.

Senator Doherty, who has taken a High Court action against the Government over its failure to hold the by-election said the decision over when the election will take place may not be for the Taoiseach to take.

He said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments this morning in relation to the Donegal South West by-election are an insult to the people of Donegal. It is now nearly sixteen months since this seat became vacant and the Government has blocked every attempt to hold a by-election up to now.

“This by-election needs to take place at the earliest opportunity rather than whenever suits Brian Cowen or the Government. In the coming Dáil term I and my party intend to step up the pressure on the Taoiseach and the Government to hold each of the outstanding by-elections.

“One thing that is for sure is that my case will go ahead unless the writ for the election is moved and passed in the Dáil before October 18th.” ENDS

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