Monday 20 February 2017

Electorate ignored on Higgins replacement

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

I have the highest regard for Joe Higgins; he's one of the few politicians I would actually vote for and believe in. But I am disappointed his replacement will not have been elected by the people.

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The people of Dublin elected Mr Higgins to the European Parliament. His replacement should be voted on by the electorate and not bequeathed to some fifth-placed sub nobody voted for.

This affront to democracy has also taken place on the councils where people already rejected by the electorate have been co-opted on to seats.

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