Lawmaker left government party over austerity budget
AFTER being elected as a TD in a by-election, Patrick Nulty will be replaced in another by-election.
The by-election will have to be held by Halloween as a TD must be replaced within six months.
Fine Gael Senator Eamon Coghlan, Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness, Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger and Sinn Fein's Paul Donnelly are regarded as the frontrunners to replace him.
Mr Nulty had one of the shortest careers ever as a Government TD.
The 31-year-old was elected as the Labour Party candidate in November 2011 by-election to replace the late Brian Lenihan and had served as a councillor on Fingal County Council from June 2009 to October 2011.
But Mr Nulty resigned the Labour Party whip just six weeks later – in protest at the austerity cuts in Budget 2012.