Tuesday 28 March 2017

SF's 'no confidence' motion faces delay

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen could face a motion of 'no confidence' within weeks in the wake of Sinn Fein's by-election victory.

The move comes as his Government is under enormous scrutiny from the international markets to see if it can pass the December 7 Budget following the €85bn bailout fund agreed with the IMF and the EU.

Sinn Fein is expected to soon enter into negotiations to form a "technical group" of seven TDs in the Dail, which would include its four existing TDs, its new Donegal South West TD Pearse Doherty and independent TDs Finian McGrath and Maureen O'Sullivan.

This would mean Sinn Fein would be able to push its 'no confidence' motion in Mr Cowen to a vote in the Dail, which it previously was unable to do due to its small numbers.

But this is unlikely to take place before the Budget, with Sinn Fein Dail leader Caoimhghin O Caolain revealing last night that talks about forming the technical group had not yet begun. "It's not something we are going to rush into in the next week," he said.

Irish Independent

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