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The possible outcomes:

Published 06/09/2010 | 05:00

Win the case: The Government wins the High Court case by maintaining it is a matter for the legislature and not the courts to decide. This allows the coalition to kick the by-elections well into next year, without giving any specific date.

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Lose the case: The Government loses the High Court case, forcing it to name an early date for the Donegal South-West by-elections. Threats of court cases immediately follow for Dublin South and Waterford, with early dates named for all three by-elections.

Compromise:

The Government signals a date for the holding of the by-elections in spring 2011, along with the Dublin mayoral election and the children's rights referendum.

But the chances of the Government getting that far would be narrow.

Irish Independent

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