Sun, 09 Aug 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Tuesday the motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy was never going to pass.

"It was just a stunt to gain publicity," he said.

Murphy survived the vote by a narrow margin 56 to 53, notably with 35 abstentions.

The failure of the vote avoids a general election which would have followed a successful no confidence motion.

The government needed the support of Independents Noel Grealish, Michael Lowry and Denis Naughten to defeat the vote. Independent Peter Fitzpatrick voted against the Government as did the Rural Independents group.

The taoiseach said the housing crisis was not the responsibility of one minister, one party or one ideology. Six cabinet ministers and three parties were in charge of housing in the country, he claimed.

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