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Housing Minister Survives Vote Of No Confidence In Dáil

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

10:25 PM - 3 Dec 2019



The Housing Minister has survived a vote of no confidence in the Dáil.

56 TDs voted to keep Eoghan Murphy in office, with 53 opposing the motion.

There were 35 abstentions, all Fianna Fáil TDs.

Independents Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten and Michael Lowry voted with the government.

The motion was put forward by the Social Democrats.

The party's co-leader Catherine Murphy argued: "We're using this opportunity to do what is morally and politically right - and that is to acknowledge that you have utterly failed in your job, and that we have no confidence in your ability to solve this emergency."

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach defended Minister Murphy's record.

Leo Varadkar said: "This motion tonight will not pass - it was never going to pass. It was just a stunt by the proposers to gain publicity and coverage.

"It's also a lost opportunity by the proposers and by opposition members supporting it to put forward constructive proposals - new laws or ideas - that might alleviate homelessness and increase the supply or affordability of housing."



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