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Doherty secures victory against government in Supreme Court by-election case

19 October, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed the Government’s decision to finally withdraw its appeal to the High Court ruling in Pearse Doherty’s favour in relation to the Donegal by-election.

The decision came today in the Supreme Court which was hearing a motion from Deputy Doherty to have the case dismissed.

Speaking after the appeal was withdrawn this afternoon Deputy Doherty said:

“I welcome the fact that the government has finally relented and withdrawn this appeal.

“This follows an instruction I gave to my legal team to bring forward a motion to the Supreme Court to have the case dismissed on the basis that we have already had the by-election and a general election and, most importantly, we have had a change in the law regarding by-elections which ensures that no citizen will ever again have to go to court to secure their constitutional rights.

“Despite repeated requests made by me to the government to have this case dropped this Fine Gael/Labour Government has pursued it for the past six months at a cost to the exchequer and a huge waste of the Supreme Court’s time.

“It was also an insult to the people of Donegal South West who were denied their constitutional right to representation for more than a year and a half.

“It was wrong of the Fianna Fáil led government to take this appeal against my case and it was also wrong of the current government to continue with the case for a further six months.” ENDS

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