Thursday 22 February 2018

Fionnan Sheahan: Any slip-up could prove fatal as coalition majority shrinks

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

MARTIN Cullen's resignation as a TD has further narrowed Taoiseach Brian Cowen's slim Dail majority.

He is only able to bank on 81 votes in the Dail, meaning he still technically leads a minority government and the opposition could force a tie.

The Government will be in no hurry to hold the three by-elections now pending to fill three vacant Dail seats to replace Mr Cullen in Waterford, George Lee in Dublin South and Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher in Donegal South-West.

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