VOTE PUSH Government ministers confident they will defeat Dail motion of no confidence as Sinn Fein push to oust coalition
Government ministers are confident they will defeat a vote of no confidence in the Dail next week, despite opposition from independent TDs.
Sinn Fein’s parliamentary party decided this morning to hold a Dail vote next week to topple the government.
The motion will be debated and voted on in the Dail on Tuesday.
The Coalition lost their Dail majority after Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh defected over Mica.
The Coalition’s voting power has dropped from 80 to 79, one short of a majority.
The Government is confident it can survive the no-confidence motion with the help of defected Coalition TDs and independents.
Rural Independent TDs warned the Coalition they’ll vote with Sinn Fein to topple the government next week.
The Dail group includes the Healy Rae brothers, Micheal Collins, Mattie McGrath, Carol Nolan, and Richard O’Donoghue.
How could any TD, given this government’s abysmal performance, vote confidence in it next week?
Your leader Peadar Toibin will vote against the Government next week.
He said, “Enough already.” The Dáil majority is eroding. Now!”
Ministers were optimistic about the Coalition’s chances of defeating Sinn Fein’s no-confidence motion.
Darragh O’Brien said he was excited to debate Sinn Fein about the government’s housing efforts.
“I look forward to next week if Sinn Féin wants to use their time on a no-confidence motion, debating that with them and showing them what we’ve done in housing,” he said.
SOWING SEEDS OF DIVISION
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters Mary Lou McDonald’s party is trying to “sow seeds of division”
He said, “We’ll go to the Dáil next week to present our efforts at a time when the country was so tested.”
“We recognize the challenges many faces, but we want to help, not sow division.”
Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign affairs minister, called the Sinn Fein motion unhelpful.
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald cited housing, health, and the cost of living crisis as reasons for her party’s no-confidence vote.
HOUSING AND HEALTH FAILURES
“Our government failed on housing and health,” she said.
In a time of financial crisis for workers and families, they have refused to present an emergency budget to address rising costs of living, utilities, rents, and childcare.
The government is out of ideas, touch, and time.
“They’ve lost their Dáil majority, so it’s time for a government that prioritizes workers and families.
“We’ll put this to the Dáil next week.” TDs will decide. They can vote for the same or change with us.
“It’s time to choose sides: you can stand with workers and families or with the current government’s chaos and dysfunction.”