Dublin West by-election set for 27 October

Wednesday 07 September 2011 22.29
By-election will fill the seat held by former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan
By-election will fill the seat held by former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that the Dublin West by-election will take place on 27 October - the same day as the Presidential election.

The by-election will fill the seat which was held by former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan who died earlier this year.

Two referendums will also be held on the same day - one on judges' pay, and the other on the provision of additional powers to Oireachtas committees investigating matters of public interest.

A Labour backbencher has criticised how the Taoiseach announced the date at the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting in Galway.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin described the move as "bad form", as it was a Government announcement, not a Fine Gael one.

In a post on his Twitter account, Deputy Ó Riordáin said "this is FF behaviour and not good enough".