Miriam Lord has a piece in today's Irish Times stating that FF will attempt to block Budget 2013 in Seanad Eireann. They will need the help of some Labour Senators to do so. If they succeed the budget measures will be returned to the Dáil for further debate and amendments. The whole process could take 90 days.
It's not impossible to believe that many of our esteemed senators may decide to demonstate their "usefulness" to the Irish people by blocking some unpopular budgetary measures.
The government majority in the Seanad is pretty tight - some of the Taoiseach's nominees have shown an independent streak and many of the Labour Senators have been struggling with their conscience in recent months as they pocketed their salaries and expenses.
I think there are a couple of points here:-
-Can we now state that FF's "constructive opposition" has come to an end and we are witnessing the Party's return to form? A delay in implementing Budget 2013 will cause serious damage to the country at a time when the govt may be making progress on legacy bank debt.
-Perhaps the Taoiseach was naive to choose Seanad nominees from outside the Party. While he did so to prove that a new era in politics had begun it will be embarrassing if some of his nominees contribute to the defeat of a budget.
-Re-opening Budget 2013 will cause chaos in Government given how difficult it was to cobble the original together. I'm not sure Labour could take the strain.
-If Labour Senators do vote the budget down then it will prove beyond doubt that Gilmore is not in control of his Party. He should then make way for someone who can or take his party out of government.
miriam lord - The Irish Times - Search