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Finance Bill: how numbers game will play out in the Dail

THERE is currently a minority Government, but potentially enough support to pass the Finance Bill with:

72 Fianna Fail TDs

6 Green Party TDs

4 Independents -- Mary Harney, Michael Lowry, Joe Behan and Jackie Healy-Rae

Total: 82

The opposition to the Finance Bill could include:

51 Fine Gael TDs

21 Labour Party TDs

5 Sinn Fein TDs

4 Independents -- former FF TD Mattie McGrath, former PD TD Noel Grealish, Finian McGrath and Maureen O'Sullivan.

Total: 81

Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk is not included as a Government figure as he is the independent chairman of the Dail, but will vote in the event of a tie. But if Mr Lowry and Mr Healy-Rae do not vote with the Government and the opposition get a full turn out, the Bill could be defeated by 81 votes to 79.

Irish Independent