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"Government Must Now Prove Their Majority By Way of Confidence Vote" - Aontú

The leader of the political party Aontú, Deputy Peadar Tóibín, has challenged the government to 'prove their majority' by way of confidence vote.


Speaking today, Deputy Tóibín said: "In the Dáil this afternoon, Leo Varadkar sought to reassure people that "rest assured the government still has a majority". Last night the Government had not even the confidence in themselves to vote for their policy in the new National Maternity Hospital. The Government dodged a binary vote for fear of losing it. This makes a sham of the democratic will of the Dáil and the whole ideas of Motions of the Dáil.  


Deputy Tóibín continued: "The government last night proved that it is too chicken to defend their plans for the new hospital. In light of the fact that two Green Party TDs are set to lose the whip, and given that Deputy Marc McSharry has also voted against the government previously, its clear cracks are beginning to appear and spread.


There are a number of precedents in the Dáil of Government tabling motions of confidence in themselves when that confidence is question.  Given the crippling crisis in the cost of living, the housing crisis and the crisis in our health service we as a party have no confidence in the government. Aontú would like to challenge the government to prove that they indeed hold confidence of the majority of TDs and call such a vote in the coming days", concluded Tóibín.

By Aontú Press | 19 May, 2022

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