Greens shaken as Joe O’Brien abstains and Hourigan votes against Government – The Irish Times

The Green Party is scrambling to respond this evening after one of their TDs voted against a Government Bill while one of their Ministers of State abstained.

The future of TD Neasa Hourigan within the party appears to be in the balance after she resigned her position as party chief whip after voting against the Government on a new Bill dealing with tenants’ rights.

However, she has stated she wishes to remain within the parliamentary party.

Ms Hourigan voted against four amendments and then voted against the Bill in its entirety. Minister of State Joe O’Brien supported the Government on the amendments but abstained on the overall Bill.

In a statement this evening Mr O’Brien said the issue of homelessness was “extremely important” for him.

“I’m elected in part to be a legislator in terms of preventing and reducing homelessness. Mr O’Brien said while he knew his vote would not

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