Senators miss crucial vote on welfare bill
Following all the nervousness over getting votes through earlier in the week, the Government narrowly won a vote in the Seanad on social welfare cuts yesterday after the Fine Gael leader in the Upper House got locked out of the chamber.
Senator Maurice Cummins was not able to vote because he was not in the chamber on time, and the social welfare bill squeaked through by 29 votes to 27.
Mr Cummins said he left to ring a Fine Gael colleague, Eamon Coghlan, who was supposed to be there to vote.
Mr Coghlan is understood to have been at a nearby sports function with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Both senators ended up missing the vote. After resigning the Labour Party whip to vote against the Budget cuts earlier this week, James Heffernan was also absent.