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Ireland Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to face motion of no confidence

14:35  27 november  2019
14:35  27 november  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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A Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has been defeated in the Dáil. Following uncertainty about her voting intentions, Minister of State Catherine Byrne supported Mr Murphy .

Eoghan Murphy, Eoghan Murphy are posing for a picture © Provided by Extra.ie

The Social Democrats will table of a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy next week.

The motion comes as homelessness figures remained above 10,000 in September.

Some 10,397 people were in emergency accommodation in September — 3,829 of these people were children.

a man with his mouth open: Eoghan Murphy is facing another motion of no confidence. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Eoghan Murphy is facing another motion of no confidence. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Soc Dem co-leader, Catherine Murphy, said that ‘enough was enough’ and called on Minister Murphy to resign amid increasing homelessness figures.

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THE MOTION OF no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was defeated tonight by 59 to 49 votes. There were 29 abstentions. What a good Minister would do is face up to this reality. And go to cabinet and argue for a change of approach. The fact that Eoghan Murphy can not even see

Eoghan Murphy (born 23 April 1982) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Housing , Planning and Local Government since June 2017.

The party’s other co-leader, Roisin Shortall said that Minister Murphy and the government have ‘failed’ when it comes to dealing with homelessness.

‘Behind the problem is thousands of families who can’t afford to pay rent,’ Ms. Shortall said.

a person who is smiling and looking at the camera: The Social Democrats say Eoghan Murphy has failed as Housing Minister. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins © Provided by Extra.ie The Social Democrats say Eoghan Murphy has failed as Housing Minister. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘There’s a whole generation of young people who can no longer aspire to buy their own home. The government has failed by outsourcing’.

‘Fianna Fail has a difficult decision to face next week — stand with Fine Gael or with the people’.

Taking to Twitter, Minister Eoghan Murphy took aim at the Social Democrats, calling the motion of no confidence a stunt.

He also highlighted the work of his Department.

This is the second motion of no confidence that Minister Eoghan Murphy has faced recently.

He narrowly survived a Sinn Fein motion in September 2018 by 59 votes to 49.

Eoghan Murphy wearing a suit and tie: This is the second motion of no confidence that Eoghan Murphy has faced. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland This is the second motion of no confidence that Eoghan Murphy has faced. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The latest move comes just days before four by-elections.

The elections are being held to fill seats vacated by MEPs Frances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid West), Clare Daly (Dublin Fingal), Billy Kelleher (Cork North Central) and Mick Wallace (Wexford).

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In the United Kingdom, confidence motions are a means of testing the support of the government (executive) in a legislative body, and for the legislature to remove the government from office. A confidence motion may take the form of either a vote of confidence

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy comfortably survived a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in him by 59 votes to 49 after Fianna Fail abstained. All Fine Gael TDS supported the Minister , as did independent alliance and independent ministers . Independent back benchers.

If Eoghan Murphy loses the motion of no confidence, it may be enough to topple the government and force a pre-Christmas general election, depending on the by-election results on Friday.

Extra.ie has contacted the Department of Housing for comment.

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