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Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Julien Behal

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Julien Behal

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Julien Behal

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein protestors including TD Aengus O''Snodaigh tussle with Gardai at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin

Sinn Fein today tabled a motion of no confidence in the Taoiseach.



Caoimhghin O Caolain, the party's leader in the Dail (parliament), urged all TDs opposed to Brian Cowen's leadership of the country to vote against him.

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said the Taoiseach no longer commands a majority in the house.

"He should now put the issue to the test and allow a vote on the motion of no confidence which has been tabled by the four Sinn Fein deputies," Mr O Caolain said.

"Are we to continue with this charade which is an insult to the Irish people?

"They are being denied a democratic choice because Fianna Fail and the Greens want to put the people in the straitjacket of a savage and regressive budget, a four-year plan and an IMF/EU loan before a General Election.

"Brian Cowen and his Government should go and go now."

A Sinn Fein motion states that the Taoiseach has misled and betrayed the Irish people and leads a Fianna Fail/Green Government which has totally mismanaged the economy and sold the nation's sovereignty to the IMF and EU.

The motion was put forward by Mr O Caolain and other Sinn Fein TDs Arthur Morgan, Martin Ferris and Aengus O Snodaigh, who was one of about 50 protesters who briefly breached the gates of Government Buildings during a march yesterday.

The party said it wanted to make a public call for a vote on the Taoiseach's future tonight.

Belfast Telegraph