Government’s Majority Narrows After Dail Motion

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Two government TDS voted with a Sinn Fein motion last night calling on the government to act to acquire the land on which the new National Maternity hospital is to be built.

The government abstained on the motion meaning it was passed but is not binding on the government. 56 TDs voted in favour, ten opposing and 69 mainly Government TDs abstaining.

The two Green Party members Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello were later suspended by the Green Party for 6 months.

They are unlikely to vote against the government again but their suspension means the Government has a majority of one as it faces upcoming votes and the next budget.