Have you ever heard of the concept of 'checks and balances'? Kind of important in a democracy. Would you really expect the courts to stand by while the executive denies the people the right to representation?In two minds about this. On the one hand, glad that the bye-elections will happen. On the other, angry that once again the Irish Courts have extended their powers over the Oireachtas.
This is a FF led government we are talking about, every day they find a way to bring governance to a new low.An appeal by the State would be a new low for the Governemt, with four seats vacant.
It was just a declaration from the Court, it has no direct affect. However, if the writ is put down again and the government vote against it I suppose Pearse Doherty could seek the committal of the Cabinet!So what does this mean now ? has this by-election to be held now i.e. in the next few wks.., or will it be accepted that govt can give a date sometime in spring ? when we know a GE is more likely at that point...or will the govt spend more taxpayers money appealing this..