Coughlan defends by-election delay

The Tanaiste today defended the delay in calling the Donegal South West by-election, saying that there is a network of politicians from all parties providing representation in the constituency.

She said although he's based in the European parliament, Pat The Cope Gallagher continues to provide a service to people locally, and there is no shortage of avenues for people to take to have their concerns raised.

She says the promise to hold the poll early next year will be uphelp, but speaking on today's Shaun Doherty Show, Ms Coughlan said the governemnt has more pressing business at present..........