Denis Naughten reveals reason for supporting government in no-confidence motion

Roscommon Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten says last night’s no-confidence motion in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was a political stunt by the Social Democrats.

Deputy Naughten, who voted with the government last night, says he believes the party had put down the motion to garner support in last week’s by-elections.

He says if the Social Democrats had been serious about the housing crisis they wouldn’t have tried to undermine the national broadband plan which would help to make vacant homes in rural areas more attractive and bring back life to areas decimated by depopulation.

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The Independent TD says the vast majority of people he has spoken to, while they are frustrated by the housing situation, have said they don’t want an election this side of Christmas.

Deputy Naughten says he has proposed legislative reform that could release some vacant homes onto the housing market as part of the reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme, and Minister Eoghan Murphy has committed to working with him to bring about this change.