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Government must stop running from the people and set by-election date - Cllr Kathleen Funchion

10 April, 2015

Sinn Féin Councillor Kathleen Funchion has called on the Government to “stop running from the people” and to set a date for the by-election in Carlow & Kilkenny.

The Sinn Féin candidate said;

“It is insulting to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny that the government has still not set a date for the by-election.

“I find it farcical that we are well into April and yet people here still do not know when they will be able to choose a new TD.`

“Phil Hogan is well settled in his cushy new position at the EU Commission but the constituency of Carlow and Kilkenny remains without its full complement of national representatives.

"A lot of people who I have met at the doors are under the impression that the by-election date has already been set for May 22nd to coincide with the Marriage Equality Referendum."

"While that is a natural assumption, it is not the case. The government has not set the date."

“It might be politically expedient for Enda Kenny to delay announcing the date but this failed government must now stop running from the people.

“The electorate in Carlow and Kilkenny should be informed as soon as possible of when they will have the opportunity to the correct the current deficit in their democratic representation.

“The Taoiseach should announce a date for the by-election when the Dáil comes back from recess on Tuesday.”

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