Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, facing motion of no confidence

Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, facing motion of no confidence

IRELAND'S MINISTER for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, is facing a motion of no-confidence after opposition party the Social Democrats announced they would be tabling the motion next week.

The Social Democrats confirmed today that they will use their private members time next week to bring a motion of no confidence in the Minster for Housing, Planning and Local Government to the floor of the Dáil.

The motion comes during a serious housing crisis in Ireland, where over 10,000 people are believed to be homeless, with children believed to make up more than a third of that figure.

Speaking as she confirmed the motion for next week, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said that the housing situation has "gone beyond a crisis and has been an emergency for a long time".

"This Minister and this Government have abjectly failed Irish families, our communities and our economy in not getting to grips with the chronic lack of housing that is affordable to buy or rent," Ms Murphy added.

Co-Leader of the Social Democrats Roisín Shortall also condemned both the government and Eoghan Murphy for creating a situation where "a generation of people are now locked out of affordable and secure housing", calling the crisis "a stain on Ireland".

However the Minister hit back at the Social Democrats on Twitter, where he called the motion a "stunt" and said it "won't build one new home".

Minister Murphy's party, Fine Gael, is now facing an especially tough week, with four by-elections already set to take place this Friday, November 29th.

The Minister for Housing has already survived one motion of no confidence, tabled against him by Sinn Fein in September 2018 and defeated by 59 to 49 votes.

Political party Fianna Fáil have confirmed they will not be supporting the motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy, however Labour will support it as "[they] have no confidence in the government", but warned that the timing was not ideal as it could result in a Christmas general election.