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26th Sep 2018

This TD Used Very “Unparliamentary Language” As Housing Minister Survives No Confidence Vote

Darragh Berry

On Tuesday night, a motion of no confidence was put up against Minister For Housing, Eoghan Murphy.

Murphy survived the motion on a 59-49 vote.

RTE said that:

“Following a request from Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh, the motion was put to a manual vote, which the Government won again.”

Sinn Féin Leader, Mary Lou McDonald showcased her very strong opinions about the Minister, say that:

“I heard Minister Murphy explaining away his deplorable record by saying that the numbers of people in homelessness are going up because – to quote him – people keep on presenting to emergency accommodation.

“I want to know is the minister now blaming the homeless for being homeless. The buck stops with him.”

Catherine Byrne, who had been thinking about going against her party and supporting the motion of no confidence, decided to back Murphy late on in the evening.

She said in a statement:

“Today I had positive and constructive discussions with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Eoghan Murphy.

“I believe that for any new housing development to be successful, investment in proper planning and community facilities is essential. We all want to live in a sustainable and safe community.

“I will be supporting my Government colleague this evening. Over the days and weeks ahead I will continue to work constructively with all of my colleagues on the issues I have raised relating to housing and community development.

“I am confident that working together we will agree a plan to identify the socio-economic needs of the Inchicore/Kilmainham area and create a stable and vibrant community for generations to come.”

However, Sinn Féin TD’s were getting very riled up ahead of the voting and one of their party members, Martin Ferris, used some very “unparliamentary language” to express how he felt…

It’s unsure whether the outburst was aimed at Murphy or Fine Gael as a whole but the Kerryman just said “fucking bastards” as he concluded his speech.

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