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Hanafin’s comments on by-election an insult to electorate in Donegal South West – Doherty

13 July, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Responding to comments from Mary Hanafin today Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty said it was insulting to the people of Donegal to publicly say that there is no demand for a by-election in South West Donegal.

Doherty said:

“In the last poll published by the Irish Times on whether or not there should be an immediate by-election 60% of the population said they want to see one take place without delay. Only 24% believed that it shouldn’t be held immediately with 16% offering no opinion on the matter. That’s why I am challenging the Government in High Court on this issue.

“Two thirds of voters say they are not happy with the Government's stalling tactics in putting the vote to the people. What other figure or percentage would Minister Hanafin accept as a clear indication of a majority democratic demand? Her comments that a by-election is only in the interest of politicians are an outrage to the people of my constituency.

“Continued political under representation will only compound the problems of disadvantage being experienced in Donegal South West. That is why so many are demanding this by-election be held and why I am challenging the Government's refusal to move a writ for a by-election in Donegal South West.” ENDS

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