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Government motion of confidence in Taoiseach stroke politics – Ó Snodaigh

5 December, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Party Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described the tabling of a motion of confidence in the Taoiseach by government parties as stroke politics. The move by the government was a reaction to Sinn Féin’s tabling of a motion of no confidence in the Taoiseach on Wednesday.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh TD said:

“Today the government has announced that it will now propose a motion of confidence in the Taoiseach for a maximum two hour debate on Tuesday 9th December.

“This is no doubt in response to  Sinn Féin’s  announcement this week, that it would table a Private Members Motion  of no confidence in the Taoiseach, due to his ignoring of public opinion and the views of the opposition with regard to water charges. The PMB would also have called for an immediate election.

“The PMB provides the opposition the opportunity to propose and close the debate which would run for over three hours. This would have provided the opposition with full opportunity to speak as well as propose and close the debate.

 “In response to this, the government has tabled their own motion of confidence which will reduce speaking time and allow the government to open and close the debate.

 “This is clearly a stroke by the government to curtail the debate and reduce the role of the opposition.  This government is running scared of public opinion is abusing its position to control the debate.”

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