The Government will formally move the writ for the Donegal South West By-Election today.
The Cabinet agreed the move last night after the High Court ruled there had been an unreasonable amount of delay in holding the contest.
The Opposition intend to seize on the opportunity and will today attempt to also have by-elections in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal North East.
Labour TD Emmet Stagg says this wil be a real test for the Green Party:
PAT THE COPE WILL NOT RUN IN BY-ELECTION
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has catagorically rules himself out of contesting the Donegal South West by-election for Fianna Fail.
‘The Cope’ made his statement this morning as specualtion continued that he would, if asked, return from europe to assist in Fianna Fail in retaining its seat.
Senator Brian O’Domhnail remains the favourite to contest for the party but his success or otherwise would be highly dependent on support from the Pat The Cope camp.
This morning Mr Gallagher said who ever is chosen by Fianna Fail will have his full support: