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McDaid resignation signals time up for Government – MacLochlainn

2 November, 2010

Reacting to news that Jim McDaid has resigned his Dáil seat today Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn has called on the Government to call a general election.

Councillor MacLochlainn said County Donegal is now short two TDs which must be replaced at the earliest opportunity. However, he went on to say that, with four by-elections now outstanding, it is clear that the Government is falling apart at the seams and a general election should be called.

Councillor MacLochlainn said:

“The Government has left the people of Donegal South West without proper representation for eighteen months up to now. This must not be allowed to happen again in Donegal North East. Donegal is now short two TDs and any notion that the Donegal South West by-election would be held in isolation cannot now be taken seriously.

“Both these seats, along with the seats in Dublin South and Waterford must be filled at the earliest opportunity.

“It is clear to me that the Government is now on its last legs. With four outstanding by-elections, none of which are likely to be won by the Government, the Dáil majority will be stripped to the thinnest of margins. Jim McDaid’s resignation is a signal that time is now up for this Government and a general election should be called.

“This Government has no mandate for the savage cuts they are about to impose on people in the upcoming budget, they had no mandate for the billions they put into zombie banks and it had no mandate for NAMA. The Government was elected on a promise of economic growth which turned out to be a farce and it is now politically bankrupt.

“It is now time for a general election to be called.” ENDS

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