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Doherty proposes vote of no confidence in Minister for Finance

30 September, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has today called a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan in the Seanad. However the vote could no go ahead as the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, in what Senator Doherty described as an act of political protectionism refused to recognise a formal seconding of the motion.

Senator Doherty said:

“I called this vote on the morning that we heard that the total cost to taxpayers for the bank bailout is going to be somewhere around €49 billion. I believe that the Minister for Finance has walked the country into the biggest financial meltdown in the history of the state and for that he needs to be held to account.

“The Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, in an act of political protectionism firstly refused to accept my motion of no confidence and subsequently would not allow the vote to go ahead despite a formal seconding.

“It is clear that the Cathaoirleach and Seanad leader Donie Cassidy were doing their utmost to protect their party colleague, however the reality is that this is not about whether he is a nice guy or how hard he works, it is about taxpayers footing the bill for his mistakes. The buck stops with the Minister and his government.

“People are suffering. They have borne the brunt of cutbacks and bank bailouts while those who caused the mess get off scot-free. Brian Lenihan and his government are directly responsible for this mess. I have no confidence in the Finance Minister and nor do the people. He and his government should do the right thing and walk.” ENDS

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