Taoiseach to dissolve parliament at "end of budgetary process"

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The Taoiseach has told the media at Government Buildings this evening that he plans to dissolve the parliament once the budget is approved.

Cowen said the Dáil had a responsibility to discharges it's duties and once the budget was approved "in the interests of the country" that Dáil would be dissolved.

STATEMENT BY THE TAOISEACH AND FIANNA FAIL MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT ON MONDAY, 22nd November 2010

There are occasions when the imperative of serving the national interest transcends other concerns, including party political and personal concerns.

This is one such occasion.

The vital national interests of this country require that financial stability be achieved:

by publishing a Four-Year Plan which sets out how the necessary €15 billion adjustment will be implemented by 2014;

by adopting a Budget which effects a €6 billion adjustment in 2011;

by taking the necessary legislative and other measures to give effect to the terms of the Budget; and

by concluding negotiations on a Programme for support from the European Union, the ECB and the IMF. These negotiations, in turn, are taking place in the context of the budgetary arrangements coming into effect.

It is a matter of the highest importance that Dáil Éireann should continue to consider and enact the relevant measures, and that the Government should continue to discharge its obligation to bring forward the necessary proposals.

There will be a time for political accountability to the electorate. The interests of the electorate, of all our people, will not be served by delaying, or worse still casting into doubt, the steps which are necessary to secure our economy and financial stability.

The Government will publish its Four-Year Plan next Wednesday; it will continue the negotiations with the EU, the ECB and with the IMF; it will present a Budget to the Dáil on 7th December and it will introduce the necessary Resolutions and legislation to give definitive effect to those measures.

We believe that there is a clear duty on all members of Dáil Éireann to facilitate the passage of these measures in the uniquely serious circumstances in which we find ourselves. The political and financial stability of the State requires no less.

It is the Taoiseach’s intention, at the conclusion of this budgetary process with the enactment of the necessary legislation in the New Year, to seek a dissolution of Dáil Éireann and to enable the people to determine who should undertake the responsibilities of Government in the challenging period ahead.
 


Santos

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Ya know, as much as I hate 2 say it, I kinda respect Cowen a bit for this. It would have been easier to go to the country. It would have been better for FF too.
 

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On the figures with the two independents gone is he going to need FG support or will Government fall on Dec 7th?
 

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On the figures with the two independents gone is he going to need FG support or will Government fall on Dec 7th?
He can, I think, get the budget passed on the casting vote of the Ceann Comhairle.
 

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John Gormley seemed to be all over the place on six one, seemed to accept the general election might not happen in Jan, and when Cowen was asked about the GE in Jan in the press conference he replied next year.
Don't see the GE being held in Jan, late Feb I would guess.
 

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This is all about Fianna Fail self interest. They are not ready for an election as they need to elect a new leader.

Its difficult to see how Cowen thinks he can get the budget passed as he loses more TDs every day. Barry Andrews on RTE now saying he cannot support Cowen.

I don't see why delaying the budget for a month will make any difference.
 

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When might that be?
 

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Typical of Cowen and his PR performances, saying "end of budgetary process" rather than saying "after the budget has been passed".
 

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Dail comes back from Christmas holidays when??
 

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So when the budgetary process ends in tears on the 7th Dec how soon after that will the election be? And what point in having an election when the choices are so poor, I mean you couldn't trust most of them to run a raffle. Can we perhaps rent a competent government from somewhere?
 

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The Greens have lost all credibility, they were calling for a GE, for end of Jan, now David Davin-Power saying middle march.

WHO WOULD VOTE FOR THE GREENS?
 

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Cowen just bought himself some time, at least 5 months.

He can do a hell of a lot of damage in 5 months.

He needs to resign now.

The people are celebrating the arrival of the IMF because they prefer it to FF. What more of a hint does Cowen need to tell him he's not wanted as Taoiseach?

Even FFers are saying he needs to go now.
 

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they still love power, will not go. What a shower of ----------ers
He stills thinks that some white knight is going to charge in and save the day, the guy is completely dillusional and he risks serious public disorder if he does not call an election. It is all one big game to him, and of course the national interest is once again missquoted.
A massive turnout on Sat 27th might just make them change their mind.!!!!
 

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Get out with the pots and pans outside the Dail on Budget Day. No excuses. Everyone be there.
 

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The Taoiseach has told the media at Government Buildings this evening that he plans to dissolve the parliament once the budget is approved.

Cowen said the Dáil had a responsibility to discharges it's duties and once the budget was approved "in the interests of the country" that Dáil would be dissolved.
More accurately the IMF speaking through the Taoiseach has told the media.......................
 

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The Greens have lost all credibility, they were calling for a GE, for end of Jan, now David Davin-Power saying middle march.

WHO WOULD VOTE FOR THE GREENS?
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This has convinced me we need an election first and a budget after.

He said it wasn't about the good of individuals and then he tells us he wants to hold on for the guts of 6 months.

Fianna Fail trying to decieve the people again and cling to power at all costs.

Enough is enough, get them out now. Election now!
 

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Now wasnt that a no nonsense performance. Pass the budget or mess up the country. Fg/Lab would win easily but would they agree on a tough budget. Would a tough FF election campaign put the willies up Labour extreme left wingers. Intereesting couple of weeks ahead
 


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