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Government cherry picking democracy - Doherty

15 February, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has described Mary Hanafin’s comments regarding the two by-elections as outrageous. Senator Doherty has accused the Government of cherry picking democracy and said the people of Donegal South West cannot afford to wait till the end of the year for a by-election.

Senator Doherty said:

“Mary Hanafin’s comment’s regarding the timing of the two by-elections are outrageous. There is nothing stopping the Government from calling the by-elections in the spring or early summer.

“The people of Donegal South West should not be made to wait any further for a by-election to fill the seat left vacant by Pat the Cope Gallagher’s election to the European Parliament.

“This is clearly a case of the Government cherry picking democracy. If the seat in Donegal South West was winnable by the Government we would already have had the election.

“We have already had three by-elections to fill Seanad vacations which the Government where sure to win. However, simply because the Donegal South West seat is tough for the Government they have decided to leave the people without their proper representation.” ENDS

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