‘I will not call for a general election’ – exiled TDs Marc MacSharry and Joe McHugh to back government in a no-confidence motion

Government-in-exile TDs Marc MacSharry and Joe McHugh will back their former coalition counterparts in the no-confidence motion tabled by Sinn Féin.

The decision by the two TDs is a huge boost for the government ahead of Tuesday’s vote and means Sinn Féin’s motion is now more than likely to fail.

Sligo-Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry, who resigned from Fianna Fáil party last year, said he had “big problems” with its leader Micheál Martin and the “public service, which is running on autopilot”. However, he added: “I will not cause a general election.”

Joe McHugh, who resigned last week over the defective mica block remediation program, told government colleagues he would vote the coalition on Tuesday night. Senior government sources said Mr McHugh had pledged his support to the government despite his decision to lose the stick over the mica controversy.

Support for Mr MacSharry and Mr McHugh means the government will have 81 votes to the opposition’s 78 votes if all other coalition TDs vote against the Sinn Féin motion.

That doesn’t include support for the Greens’ two expelled TDs – Patrick Costello and Neasa Hourigan – who have yet to say how they will vote.

Independent TDs Noel Grealish, Michael Lowry and Peter Fitzpatrick are expected to either abstain or coordinate with the government, further increasing their chances of having the motion rejected.

A number of independents who at times supported the government, including Michael McNamara and Verona Murphy, said they had no faith in the coalition.

The Labor Party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit and the Rural Independent will vote in favor of Sinn Féin’s motion.

“The margin is tight, but there will definitely be margin in the government’s favour,” a senior government source said.

Ms Hourigan took to RTE Radio One on This Week to say for at least the third time in a week that she doesn’t know how she’s going to vote. She complained that she had not been contacted by her party leader, Marc Ó Cathasaigh.

The Dublin Central TD and Mr Costello have been suspended by the Green Party for voting against the Government on the National Maternity Hospital.

Ms. Hourigan still receives €9,691 on top of her €101,193 TD salary as Chair of the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee. The position is a government appointment which she retained despite voting against her peers twice.

Senior government sources suggested this must be taken from her for good if she does not back the coalition on Tuesday.

The government will table a confidence motion on Tuesday that will replace Sinn Féin’s proposal. At around 6 p.m. there will be a debate in the Dáil.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/i-wont-cause-a-general-election-exiled-tds-marc-macsharry-and-joe-mchugh-to-support-government-in-no-confidence-motion-41828787.html ‘I will not call for a general election’ – exiled TDs Marc MacSharry and Joe McHugh to back government in a no-confidence motion

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