So Enda Kenny’s premiership has survived for another day following last night’s unsuccessful vote in Dáil Éireann on the proposed motion of no confidence in the government. Led by Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, the Independents4Change, the Social Democrats, the Green Party and a handful of independent deputies recorded fifty-two “Tá” votes for the SF-sponsored resolution. However the decision by Fianna Fáil to abstain from the proceedings allowed the government’s fifty-seven “Níl” votes to win the day. Though not without some hostages to fortune, by all accounts. The Irish Independent reports that the coalition government has:
…brushed aside claims by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald that they bought Independent TDs’ continued support with local constituency favours.
The Sinn Féin deputy leader said it was clear that, in the wake of the past week’s controversy over garda whistleblowers, it suited Fianna Fáil for now to continue keeping “a weak government” in power.
More constituency favours? Jesus, at this stage are there any buildings left in Kerry without a swimming pool? Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s leader-in-waiting, Leo Varadkar, is making sure that his sympathetic – yet confident – voice is being heard by the electorate, also from the Indo:
Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted belief in Fine Gael as “the party of law and order” has been “shaken” by the garda whistleblower scandal. “But we can and will put things right,” he vowed.
Poor Éanna. Knives to the left of him, knives to the right of him, knives in front of him. But who will be the first to plunge the dagger into Caesar’s back?