Sinn Féin unlikely to table motion of no confidence in Housing Minister before the summer

The party's Ard Fheis is entering its second day in Belfast

Sinn Féin unlikely to table motion of no confidence in Housing Minister before the summer

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A motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister is unlikely to come before the Dáil's summer break.

Sinn Féin's party whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said they don't have plans to table a confidence motion before their holidays.

The party is holding its Ard Fheis in Belfast today.

Abortion

Members will vote later on whether or not to support the government proposals on abortion later.

Party policy currently blocks members from backing the idea of termination without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

Today’s vote will decide whether to align the party’s stance with the government proposals – and allow members to vote in favour of the legislation when it comes before the Oireachtas.

Meanwhile, a separate motion calls for all members to be given a free vote on the issue.

No confidence

While the party has refused to rule out a tabling a motion of no confidence in the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, Dublin South Central representative Aengus Ó Snodaigh said there are no plans to do so before the summer break.

Addressing the meeting last night, Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said Sinn Féin will be ready for an election if one comes about.

“More and more of the Irish people are ready for change,” he said.

“Ready to tear down the structure of elitism and gross inequality. Ready to bring stability and a life of dignity to every home on our island. Ready for Sinn Féin’s vision of a new transformed and modern economy for a changing Ireland.

“So whenever Leo and Micheál decide that the love-in is over and an election is called, they will know that Sinn Féin is ready.”

Housing

This morning MEP Matt Carthy said there will have to be a focus on housing in any negotiations on forming a coalition.

“Make no mistake about it; if and when we enter government it will be on the terms set down by Sinn Féin members and Sinn Féin voters,” he said.

“So to be clear, we will only enter Government when we have agreed a policy programme that will end the housing crisis and provide social housing for families that are currently living in hotels.”

Also among the issues delegates will vote on is Eurovision.

There's a motion for RTÉ to boycott next year's song contest because it takes place in Israel.