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Timetable for Finance Bill gives people the early election they want

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Sean and Eamon - Deputy Sean Sherlock, Cork East with the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.
Deputy Sean Sherlock, Cork East with the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.

"When the Labour Party tabled its motion of no-confidence in the government on January 14th we made it clear we were doing so because of attempts by the government parties to renege on commitments given in November that a the Dail would be dissolved and a general election called by the end of January.

On Sunday I said that we would be willing to defer the motion of no-confidence provided that the government was willing to give a commitment that all stages of the Finance Bill would be taken by the end of the week. Earlier today, Joan Burton published a timetable showing how this could be done.

The tabling of our motion of no-confidence and the agreement on the timetable for the Finance Bill now means that the people will get what they have been demanding for many months - an early general election.

I want to emphasise that the Labour Party remains strongly opposed to major provisions of the Finance Bill. All we have agreed with the other parties is a timetable for debate in the Dail. We will table amendments in the normal way and call votes as appropriate.

The end of this government will be greeted with great relief by the vast majority of people in this country. They want a new beginning. They want to see a process of national recovery. They want a sense of hope again.

We need a government that works, that can get the country back to work and that will put our people back to work.

Only a new government can do this."

Eamon Gilmore TD

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