Why continue with the farce of a by-election

Flynnster

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Why are we continuing to entertain the farce which is the Donegal by-election when any person elected in this charade will only serve a matter of days in Dail Eireann before the Taoiseach dissolves the Dail.

How must all of the candidates feel in this siitutition and of course how are the people of Donegal feeling that they are being asked to cast a vote which in three months time maximum they will be asked to cast again?

Is this not just another indication of what is wrong with this stupid country.
 


Ulster-Lad

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Do you know when the Dáil will be dissolved?
 

gijoe

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Apparantly there is a heavy snow fall and freezing tempertures forecast for Donegal Thrusday. How many will make it to the polls in those circumstances, allied to Donegal having a generally low turnout in any case. It could mean the balance will be skewed in favour of urban area based candidates. O'Neill's base is in the Southern more urbanised part of the constituency adjacent to the coast. He could benefit.
 

Pat Mc Larnon

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Why are we continuing to entertain the farce which is the Donegal by-election when any person elected in this charade will only serve a matter of days in Dail Eireann before the Taoiseach dissolves the Dail.

How must all of the candidates feel in this siitutition and of course how are the people of Donegal feeling that they are being asked to cast a vote which in three months time maximum they will be asked to cast again?

Is this not just another indication of what is wrong with this stupid country.

The general consensus seems to indicate a GE in the first few months of the New Year. It has yet to be called and most people wouldn't trust this lot to go to the shop for them. If they were to get a bit of a bounce post budget it wouldn't be beyond them to have second thoughts.
 

Tomas Mor

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dont think they can cancel now, what would they do with votes already cast on Arranmore, Tory etc ?
 

Tea Party Patriot

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In fairness with Healy Rae and Lowery pulling out yesterday this bye-election does actually come into play more than if the events of yesterday and the looming general election hadn't happened.

If FF don't win this bye-election they will not have the numbers to pass the budget in the Dáil on thier own in the Dáil.
 

Murph

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Lack of voter interest now could skew the whole show and a low turn out could help the baddies. The opinion poll of last week might be meaningless!
 

Harry Hayfield

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Why are we continuing to entertain the farce which is the Donegal by-election when any person elected in this charade will only serve a matter of days in Dail Eireann before the Taoiseach dissolves the Dail.
David Alton MP (Liberal, Liverpool Edge Hill) was elected the day after the no-confidence motion was passed on the government of James Callaghan. He was re-elected at the general election and stood down as the MP in 1997.
 

ellie08

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Why don't they give people who've lost their jobs the chance to apply for a job at the polling centres instead of the usual double jobbers/retirees.
 


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