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Wednesday 1 October 2014

By-elections are due to be held either side of Budget

Fionnan Sheahan Group Political Editor

Published 28/05/2014 | 02:30

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Brian Hayes' election to the European Parliment means there will now need to be a by-election in  Dublin
Brian Hayes' election to the European Parliment means there will now need to be a by-election in Dublin

TWO by-elections will be held in the autumn to replace TDs elected as MEPs. Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Fine Gael junior minister Brian Hayes were elected in Ireland Midlands-North-West and Dublin respectively.

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Fine Gael TD Simon Harris narrowly missed out on a European Parliament seat in Ireland South last night, so there won't be a by-election in Wicklow. However, there may need to be a by-election when Ireland's European Commissioner is appointed.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan from Carlow-Kilkenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore from Dun Laoghaire have both been linked with the job.

Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein were early favourites to win the Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South-West by-elections, which were expected to be held in September or November – either side of the Budget.

The Government parties are unlikely to win either seat, although Fine Gael and Labour will both put up a challenge in Dublin West.

Roscommon-South Leitrim is regarded as Fianna Fail's to lose, while Sinn Fein's commanding performance will put it in contention in Dublin South-West.

Irish Independent

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