The Social Democrats have tabled a motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and if the motions passes, your Christmas plans may well have to be cancelled.
After announcing the move this morning, the motion will officially be tabled next week.
Already adding an extra significance to the four by-elections this Friday, the vote could have an even greater level of impact as we count down to Christmas.
Should the motion pass when it is officially tabled next week, the Government would collapse and an election would have to be scheduled – an election that would most likely occur on Friday, December 27.
For those who were planning on travelling to see family or friends over the Christmas period, a general election may well throw a spanner in the works — with canvassers calling to the door throughout the Christmas period.
However when asked about the consequences of their shock move and whether the Social Democrats believe Irish voters really want to go to the polls at Christmas, party co-leader Catherine Murphy claimed that it is worth the potential cost.
‘Some people do. Some people think they will never get this government out like the woman we met on the doorstep there last week in Clondalkin, where she had two lots of families under the one roof and feels she never gets a day off.’
Responding to the move, a spokesperson for Minister Murphy described the motion as a ‘pathetic’ election stunt ahead of the by-elections on Friday.
‘This is pathetic and the Social Democrats would be better using their time seeking support for a constructive solution rather than a stunt that will not pass,’ the spokesperson said.