Neasa Hourigan has been suspended from the Green Party for 15 months after voting against the Government on the eviction ban.
The Dublin Central has lost the party whip, been suspended from the Parliamentary Party and will be stripped of her Oireachtas committee positions.
She voted against the Government last night on a Sinn Féin motion aiming to extend the eviction ban, which is now due to expire in just over a week.
The Government won the vote with 83 TDs in support and 68 against.
The Green Party said it regretted having to sanction Deputy Hourigan but insisted “effectiveness in government relies on unity in every vote”.
It said Deputy Hourigan can apply for readmission after the suspension.
Seems to be some confusion on this- the first two votes were amendments to the government's own amendment (3rd vote) to the core motion (4th). Although both had some merit (some serious issues with the second one) there's no point amending a motion you would then vote against. https://t.co/K34qmw9zbK
— Neasa Hourigan TD (@neasa_neasa) March 22, 2023
Deputy Hourigan effectively defied the Government on four votes last night – she voted against the Government amendment twice and abstained twice on other amendments.
She was suspended from her parliamentary party for six months last year after voting against the Government on a motion related to the National Maternity Hospital.
She also defied the Government on a housing vote in 2020, after which she resigned her position as party whip and was stripped of Dáil speaking rights for a short period.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party has confirmed that it will table a motion of no confidence in the government today.