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Dáil set to back Aer Lingus deal
28 May 2015 12:12
Labour deputy Michael McNamara looks likely to lose the party whip after stating that he will not support the sale of Aer Lingus.
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He was speaking during a Dáil debate of the motion on the sale of the State's 25% shareholding in the airline.
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A Labour spokesperson said the consequences of voting against the Government on the motion were made very clear to everyone in the party.
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Today in the Dáil, Mr McNamara said he did not have confidence in the guarantees given in relation to the sale of Aer Lingus and he said he could not support the sale.
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He said he was not prepared to gamble on what was key to the economic viability of the state.
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This is not the first time that Mr McNamara has voted against the Government.
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He voted against a section of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill regarding fatal foetal abnormalities.
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Initially it was put down as a mistake.
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Last month he also voted against the Government and for his own Bill which would allow gardaí to strike and to join a trade union.
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However, he did not lose the party whip because it was his own Bill.
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A number of labour deputies previously lost or resigned the party whip include Anne Ferris, Willie Penrose, Roisín Shortall, Tommie Broughan, Colm Keaveney and the former TD Patrick Nulty.
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However, Ms Ferris is still a member of the party and Mr Penrose rejoined the parliamentary party.
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Meanwhile, the Dáil debate will continue this afternoon before the Dail vote takes place before 5pm.
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