29/04/2009

Fianna Fail Take Chance On By Election Date

The Government has announced a 'risky date' for its by-elections for Dublin South and Central, announcing they will run concurrently with the European and local Elections.

The seats have been left vacant after the deaths of Seamus Brennan of Fianna Fail and Independent Tony Gregory, and already Fine Gael is claiming victory.

The moves puts the Government in the unenviable position of facing a defeat on three fronts in June, after poor poll results and a worsening economic situation.

Local authority, European Parliament and now Dáil seats will all be up for grabs on June 5, with polls suggesting the Government will fare badly in all three.

Despite much speculation that the Government would postpone the Dublin Central vote until October, Environment Minister John Gormley said last night that the elections would all occur on June 5.

Fianna Fail has yet to select a candidate for either Dublin Central or Dublin South, but the party is not expected to win either seat.

The two main candidates declared so far are senators Alex White (Labour) in Dublin South and Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael) in Dublin Central.

(DW/BMc)

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