Sinn Féin is considering a no-confidence motion in the government next week


Sinn Féin is “actively considering” filing a motion of no confidence in the government next week after the coalition lost its Dáil majority on Wednesday night.

The move follows Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh’s decision to lay down his party’s stick after voting against the government on several changes to the Mica redress scheme.

A Sinn Féin source said the matter was “actively under review” but no final decision had been made before the deadline for filing an application on Friday morning.

The Dáil is due to be adjourned for the summer break after next week. Currently, Sinn Féin is planning to file an application on housing during its private members’ time in the Dáil next week – but that could change in the next 24 hours.

“The government has lost its majority and we are considering all options including a motion of no confidence in the government. We are actively considering this,” said a Sinn Féin source.

Mr McHugh’s decision reduces the coalition in the Dáíl to 79 out of 159 TDs, excluding Ceann Comhairle.

The majority of the three-party government has been steadily undermined over the past two years, with the six-month suspension of Green Party TDs Patrick Costello and Neasa Hourigan two months ago reducing their majority to one.

The resignation of former housing minister Eoghan Murphy from the Dáil and Marc MacSharry’s decision to leave the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party last year also reduced the majority of the coalition.

However, it continues to enjoy support from a number of independent TDs, including Michael Lowry, on Dáil votes, meaning Sinn Féin’s motion is unlikely to succeed.

A Sinn Féin spokesman said: “This is a government that has now lost its parliamentary majority and is failing to deal with the cost of living and housing crises. You no longer have a road. A motion of no confidence will be considered.”
The deadline for submitting applications is Friday morning at 11 a.m. Sinn Féin is considering a no-confidence motion in the government next week

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