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Doolan challenges double jobbers

11 May, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, has today challenged T.D's who are running in the forthcoming EU elections, "to come out and state if elected will they give up their Dail seats or will they double job until the next general election".

Mr. Doolan said:

"We have seen, quite rightly, that the dual mandate has been done away with at local and central government level. Now it is time to clarify the situation at EU level. The challenges in Brussels are immense. They require M.E.P's to give 100% commitment to getting the best deal possible for Ireland. The public need to know when electing M.E.P's if their candidates will be solely focused on representing their electorate full time or will candidates be attempting to do a part time job in Brussels and another part time job in Leinster House at the public's expense."

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on all EU candidates, "to publicly state, if elected, they will immediately give up their Dail seats and get on with the job at hand in the European Parliament". ENDS

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