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Government use private jet to deny democracy to Donegal South West – Doherty

11 October, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin by-election candidate Senator Pearse Doherty has hit out at Fianna Fáil Junior Minister Dara Calleary’s use of the government jet to fly back from Brussels in order to vote against having the by-election in Donegal South West.

Senator Doherty said:

“This is not just a disgraceful waste of tax-payer’s money but it also confirms what we all thought – that Fianna Fáil will stoop to any level to make sure that this by-election does not go ahead.

“We have been subjected to claims by government that the country cannot afford a by-election, we have to ask if we cannot afford a by-election why can we afford to spend €9,000 to fly a minister home for a vote? Why could the Minister not take a commercial flight or better yet give us our by election?

“At a time when families are having their electricity cut off because they can’t pay the bills, when homes are being repossessed while banks are bailed out to the tune of billions, for the government to fork out €9,000 to deny democracy to the people of Donegal South West is a smack in the face.”

“Next week will see the government waste yet more tax-payers’ money in defending their refusal to hold the by-election before the courts. It does not have to be this way; the government can avoid a costly legal challenge by calling the by-election. If not, I’ll see them in court.” ENDS

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