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Ireland's coalition government survives vote of confidence in the Dáil

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By Euronews
Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin is pictured at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May.
Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin is pictured at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File

Ireland's centrist coalition government has survived a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

The main opposition Sinn Féin party tabled a motion of censure on Tuesday over the government's handling of the rising cost of living crisis.

A total of 85 Teachta Dála (MPs) supported the coalition, while only 66 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion.

The vote comes just days after the centrist Irish government lost its majority in the Dáil, the lower house of Ireland's parliament. Fine Gael whip Joe McHugh resigned last week over concerns about a redress scheme for homeowners.

The governing bloc of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party now holds just 79 seats in the 160-seat Dáil.

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said on Friday that the coalition government had "run out of ideas" and "reached its time" after two years in power.

McDonald added that the coalition was "disconnected" from the problems affecting Irish citizens, including a serious housing crisis.

"We need a government that puts workers and families first," she said on Twitter.

Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin had said the vote of confidence would be an opportunity for the government to lay out its achievements.

After winning the vote on Tuesday, Martin accused the opposition party of a "cynical political stunt" and adopting “anti-EU positions”.

Martin's Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin each won 37 seats at the 2020 general election, before a historic coalition was created to leave McDonald's party in opposition.

The country's next election is not scheduled until 2025.

Additional sources • Reuters, EFE