Government suffers back-to-back Dáil defeats
The authority of the Government has suffered a further blow following back-to-back defeats in the Dáil.
Motions on the issues of tracker mortgages and fossil fuels were passed comfortably yesterday, in a move that illustrates the fragility of the minority administration.
But the Government did see a counter-motion on the Stardust tragedy supported by the majority of TDs, bringing a week-long political row to an end.
A retired judge will now carry out a scoping exercise into new evidence uncovered by families of the victims who perished in the 1981 fire in an Artane nightclub.
A commission of investigation may then follow. The deal was struck following days of tensions between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance.
But the double defeat brings to seven the number of losses suffered by the Government since its formation in May. The motion on mortgages, tabled by Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty, pledges to strengthen the rights of thousands of families affected by the tracker mortgage rate scandal.
The second defeat was on a motion on fossil fuels by Independent TD Thomas Pringle. It means the Dáil became the first parliament in the world to back a ban on investing public money in fossil fuels.