Sinn Féin considering tabling no-confidence motion in Government
The opposition rival says the current administration has "run out of road".
Sinn Féin is currently considering a no-confidence motion in the Government in response to the latter losing its Dáil majority.
A Sinn Féin spokesperson told JOE on Thursday: “This is a government that has now lost its parliamentary majority, and is failing to tackle the cost of living and housing crises.
"They have run out of road. A motion of no confidence is under consideration.”
The deadline for submitting a motion of this kind for next week is 11am on Friday.
The Government is down to 79 Dáil votes following Joe McHugh resigning as Fine Gael whip on Wednesday (6 June), leaving it one short of an overall majority.
The Donegal TD resigned after voting against the proposed mica redress legislation.
In a Twitter post, McHugh said he acknowledged the work that has gone into the proposed compensation package but stated the Bill still needs improvement in key areas.
"I believe that insufficient time has gone into debating the Bill, which could have allowed these issues to be addressed to improve this legislation to meet the needs of the people affected by this devastating issue," the TD added.
"I confirm that I am resigning the whip of Fine Gael and while I do so with a heavy heart I believe that it is the right decision."
2/3 improvement in key areas and I have engaged extensively with the Government on these. I believe that insufficient time has gone into debating the Bill, which could have allowed these issues to be addressed to improve this legislation to meet the needs of the people affected
— Joe McHugh (@McHughJoeTD) July 6, 2022
Meanwhile, the Government has said it still has a working majority in the Dáil.
Earlier on Thursday, Green Party Minister Roderic O’Gorman was asked on RTÉ Morning Ireland if McHugh's resignation would make it harder for his party to get votes for issues it wants to see carried through.
"Ultimately, what's important is we won all votes in the Dáil last night, despite the regrettable loss of Joe McHugh," he responded.
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