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Doherty slams Government decision to defend High Court action

18 October, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking from the High Court this afternoon Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty slammed the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money defending its refusal to hold the Donegal South West by-election.

Speaking today as the High Court heard his case against the Government over the delay in holding the Donegal South West by-election Senator Doherty said:

“This case is about upholding the democratic rights of the people of Donegal South West. My constituency has been under represented for over sixteen months now as the Government has been running scared of the electorate.

“The announcement from the Government that the by-election will take place next year was an insult to the electorate in Donegal South West. The people are demanding an election at the earliest opportunity, not at some vague time next year that suits the Government best.

“The Government’s attitude to this case has been arrogant and dismissive and they are now intent on wasting even more taxpayers’ money defending this case when they could easily have avoided it by moving the writ for the election to take place.

“In defending this case the Government has sunk to a new low. To use taxpayers’ money in a desperate attempt to subvert democracy is an affront to the Irish people.” ENDS

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