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Government doesn't expect to lose any TDs over the Budget

Two Labour TDs voted against the party on the Budget last year and the year before.

Patrick Nulty voted against the Budget in 2011
Patrick Nulty voted against the Budget in 2011
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE GOVERNMENT IS not expecting any TDs to vote against measures announced in the Budget later today.

TheJournal.ie understands that neither of the coalition parties are worried that some of their deputies will vote against the party whip after the details of the Budget adjustment of €2.5 billion are announced.

The last two Budgets have seen two Labour Party TDs resign from the parliamentary party after voting against measures contained in the announcements for 2012 and 2013.

Fine Gael has not lost any parliamentary party members over Budget measures and the party is expecting that all TDs will vote in favour of the measures announced today.

Though Labour has lost five TDs from its parliamentary party over the last two-and-half-years only two of those have lost the whip over the Budget.

In 2011, Patrick Nulty voted against the rise in VAT in the Budget while Labour’s chairman Colm Keaveney voted against social welfare changes announced last year.

Both have subsequently quit the party altogether.

Fine Gael has lost five TDs from its parliamentary ranks since it came into government including Denis Naughten over cuts to Roscommon Hospital in 2011 and four deputies, including Lucinda Creighton, over the abortion bill vote last July.

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