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Thread: Can Sinn féin's Pearse Doherty win his by-election court case .

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    Default Can Sinn féin's Pearse Doherty win his by-election court case .

    Sinn féins Pearse Doherty's court challange continues tommorrow at the high court. Its absolutly crazy that the Gov. is actually fighting this case. For a gov to actually argue that they are too busy to hold elections says a lot for the state we are in. Good luck to him, and he's in for some cudos if he does win. !

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    Sinn féins Pearse Doherty's court challange continues tommorrow at the high court. Its absolutly crazy that the Gov. is actually fighting this case. For a gov to actually argue that they are too busy to hold elections says a lot for the state we are in. Good luck to him, and he's in for some cudos if he does win. !
    Can't see him winning; legal establishment is way too conservative. Fair dues for trying tho'

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    It is the general election that is important for him to win.

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    I think it would be great if he did, however I can't see it happening. As has been said before the courts are rather conservative, especially with regard to the constitution.

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    It's unconstitutional not to hold the elections
    But then FF will argue that it would be unconstitutional to 'waste' time and public money on such an election.

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    No, but he can win the by-election.

    I spend quite a bit of time in this constituency and I think Pearse Doherty has a chance to win here. There's talk that Pat The Cope may be brought back from Europe to run for his old seat again but I still think Doherty can take it. However, I would encourage Labour and Fine Gael to forget about this place and leave the battle to Sinn Fein. FF would be quite strong here so splitting the protest could defeat all parties.

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    Would anyone have any idea how much it will cost the Gov defending this case?

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    Also, I have no desire to muckrake here but Pat The Cope is not without controversy. This is on wikipedia;

    Gallagher's wife, Ann Gillespie, and her sister, Eibhlin, both served almost 10 years of a 15-year sentence for conspiracy and explosive charges. In 1974 the sisters were visiting a house in Manchester when a bomb being made there exploded.[7]

    Gillespie maintains her innocence, saying police used evidence from discredited scientist Frank Skuse, but does not wish to reopen the case. In 2005 Gillespie's solicitor, Gareth Peirce stated she believed that the case could have been successfully re-opened.

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    Sinn Fein's militant past isn't a problem in this constituency after all.

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    You mean "how much will it cost the taxpayer?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshStart View Post
    Also, I have no desire to muckrake here but Pat The Cope is not without controversy. This is on wikipedia;

    Gallagher's wife, Ann Gillespie, and her sister, Eibhlin, both served almost 10 years of a 15-year sentence for conspiracy and explosive charges. In 1974 the sisters were visiting a house in Manchester when a bomb being made there exploded.[7]

    Gillespie maintains her innocence, saying police used evidence from discredited scientist Frank Skuse, but does not wish to reopen the case. In 2005 Gillespie's solicitor, Gareth Peirce stated she believed that the case could have been successfully re-opened.

    Pat "the Cope" Gallagher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Sinn Fein's militant past isn't a problem in this constituency after all.
    First time I've heared of someone being tried in law for having poor timing.

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