Tánaiste wins motion of confidence vote

Tánaiste wins motion of confidence vote

The Dáil has passed a motion of confidence in Tánaiste Joan Burton.

The motion was passed by 81 votes to 32.

The Government tabled the motion of confidence in response to a motion of no confidence put forward by the Independent Alliance. It comes after the appointment by the Tánaiste of David Begg to the position of Chair of the Pensions Authority.

Opposition TDs tabled the motion, complaining about her appointment of Begg - with a salary of €20,000 per year - in a move they have labelled as "blatant cronyism".

Begg, a former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, was given the position of chairman on the State board without going through the new process for State appointments.

The Tánaiste has previously said that existing rules are "flexible" enough to allow for make the appointment.


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