Government leaders have reached ‘broad agreement’ on their plan to oppose Sinn Féin’s move to extend the eviction ban.
The Sinn Féin motion aims to extend the ban until January of next year.
It was due to be voted on in the Dáil this evening; however, the leaders of the three coalition parties have now agreed on most of the details of a countermotion they will put down to head off the challenge.
The Government plans to table an amendment to Sinn Féin’s motion which the Dáil will then debate.
It will be voted on tomorrow.
The final details of the counter motion are being completed ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting.
The Sinn Fein motion states that Ireland “remains in the midst of a housing emergency” and calls for the eviction ban to be extended until January 2024.
It adds that by choosing to end the eviction ban on March 31st, Government has “increased the stress and insecurity experienced by the 750,000 people, including working families, living in private rented accommodation”.
The Government has been facing severe pressure over its decision to end the ban since it was announced earlier this month.
Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan has since confirmed that she will vote against her Government colleagues and support the Sinn Féin motion this evening.
Meanwhile, fellow Green Party TD Patrick Costello has yet to confirm what he plans to do.
Meanwhile, several independents have confirmed their plans to support the Sinn Féin motion, with Donegal TD Thomas Pringle yesterday telling Newstalk the decision to end the “doesn’t make any sense at all”.
The regional independents have said they will support the Government if it agrees to their eight key demands.
On Sunday, the Labour Party said it would put down a motion of no confidence in the Government before the end of the month if it did not reverse its decision.
Sinn Féin, meanwhile, is considering another motion before the end of the month if it is not successful this evening.