Fionnan Sheahan: Government faces exit poll as stalling tactic backfires
THE Government only has itself to blame. Coming up to a vital period in the economic history of the country, the Coalition now has to run a by-election because it got caught out.
There was ample time over the past 17 months to hold the vote in Donegal South-West. When Taoiseach Brian Cowen asked Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher to run for the European Parliament in May 2008, he was aware a by-election would most likely be needed.
Gallagher was elected as an MEP, but the Coalition chose not to replace him in the Dail.