Still onboard… September 9, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Waterford TD has also pulled back from an earlier threat to walk out of Government over the issue.
Following consultations with campaigners and cardiac consultants in Waterford, he has agreed to remain in office “for the time being” while he continues to campaign for the provision of the second lab.
And how would this impact the government were he to walk? Pat Leahy in the IT suggests that:
Mr Halligan’s resignation would not eliminate the minority Government’s ability to command a majority in the Dáil when Fianna Fáil abstains, but it would reduce its majority in those circumstances to one vote.
Interesting. Perhaps – ironically, this means that the leverage of individual TDs in the current government is a little more limited than might otherwise be the case (and let’s not forget those virtuous souls waiting in the wings). Though that ups the pressure on FF, doesn’t it? At the present it has the ability to present at least a facade – that it isn’t really what is holding this government in power, though of course it is. With that down to one seat or none. Well… that’s a different matter.