Saturday 3 December 2016

Election ruling is common sense

Published 05/11/2010 | 05:00

The defeat of the Government in the High Court with respect to the moving of the writ for the Donegal South-West by-election is a victory for common sense.

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The corollary of the Government's argument presented in the case was that the Dail holds the ability to arbitrarily suspend the clearly outlined constitutional entitlement to full representation held by relevant citizens for up to five years -- the longest time currently permitted between general elections -- which patently is not valid.

An extract in the judgment concluded that the refusal to allow the moving of the writ "offends the terms and spirit of the Constitution and its framework for democratic representation".

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