Greens call on Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to postpone confidence motions until the New Year

24th November 2017



The Green Party today called on both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to postpone their motions of no confidence in Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald until the New Year, and to put the national interest first during critical Brexit negotiations.
 
Speaking today, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “Whatever the position of each party on the Garda whistle-blower controversy, everyone will agree that an election before Christmas is not in the national interest.
 
“We do not want an election in the middle of the critical Brexit talks, and postponing the motions until the New Year would allow the important work of the Joint Committee on the 8th Amendment to be completed, and allow time to get the Finance, FEMPI, and Social Welfare bills over the line.
 
“One way to avoid such an ill-timed election would be for Minister Frances Fitzgerald to voluntary step aside. The other alternative would be for both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to postpone their motions of confidence until the New Year.
 
“Such an approach would not undermine their arguments or avoid the taking of such a vote but it would allow us to complete the first phase of the Brexit talks with a better negotiating position.
 
“We contacted both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin this afternoon to put forward this proposal.  We hope they might agree to such an approach in advance of the Dáil returning on Tuesday, so that one way or another a Christmas election is avoided.”