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#Finian McGrath

# finian-mcgrath - Yesterday’s News


# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 30 March, 2017

Joanne O’Riordan: 'I will not allow this government treat me like a second class citizen'

More than 100 disability groups gathered outside the gates of Leinster House today to demand the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Differences between the Grace terms of reference, before and after? There aren't many, but they mean a lot...

There aren’t many differences between the before-and-after terms, but what has changed matters.

The Government has re-written the terms for the Grace inquiry after criticism

The Cabinet signed off on new terms last evening after criticism in the Dáil.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Retired judge has three months to review new details from Stardust fire tragedy

The government agreed an independent person would review the new evidence Stardust victims’ families say has recently been discovered.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Allegations of abuse about another child at 'Grace' home reported to gardaí in 1996

The cases of four other service users were formally identified by An Garda Síochána.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today announced that a commission of investigation will be set up.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

International policing expert to carry out 'root-and-branch' review of An Garda Síochána

A thorough investigation will be carried out into the administration, ethos and culture of the force.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability

A bill has been approved by Government which will enable ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 3 December, 2016

'Stupidity is not a handicap': Minister warns motorists to stop parking in disabled designated spots

Finian McGrath hit out at the behaviour of he drivers whose actions he described as unacceptable.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution?

The Independent Alliance wants a free vote on a bill proposed by Sinn Féin.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 17 November, 2016

'If he has a major seizure in the night, we need to know the car will start'

The mother of a boy with severe cerebral palsy will meet with the Minister for Disability Issues today.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

"Sincere congratulations" - How on earth will the Irish Government deal with President Trump?

Enda Kenny has condemned Trump’s campaign rhetoric in the past.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they can't afford to replace van

Margaret Butler and Michael Power have called for more financial support to be given to carers.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 22 October, 2016

Coppinger on Zappone: 'She wore a Repeal jumper on the march and she won't vote for a repeal bill'

Speaking to, Coppinger said the AAA-PBP are calling on John Halligan, Shane Ross and Finian McGrath to stand by their principles and support the bill.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Nine months after probe promised into alleged foster care abuse - still no inquiry

The scandal resulted in the HSE Director General Tony O’Brien apologising to the 47 families who were in the care of the home.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 8 October, 2016

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote on Repeal the Eighth Bill

The government faces another hurdle after the Budget next week.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 1 October, 2016

"Insults towards the Stardust victims" submission delivered to Attorney General

The submission details all the “errors and omissions” of both the Keane Tribunal and the Coffey Review of the 1981 fire tragedy.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 19 September, 2016

Union says asking Dublin Bus workers to cancel strike on day of All-Ireland replay is 'insulting'

NBRU’s Dermot O’Leary said if negotiations don’t place before 1 October drivers’ resolve will have hardened.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

'There's no prospect of my brother improving, he can't be moved into community living'

Some families of residents at Áras Attracta in Mayo fear the facility will be closed down.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 9 July, 2016

RTÉ's political coverage went all 3am-at-an-Irish-wedding this afternoon How Bizarre This post contains videos

RTÉ's political coverage went all 3am-at-an-Irish-wedding this afternoon

Saturday with Claire Byrne signed off for the season with a massive Oireachtas sing-song. Some were a little better than others…

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 2 July, 2016

Mother fears son won't get respite care until she dies

Nicola Lawless’ 19-year-old son Ben has a severe intellectual disability.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 29 June, 2016

Dissent in the ranks: 'We gave our points of view, they gave theirs - but there was no agreement'

Members of the Independent Alliance want a free vote on a Bill that would allow for a termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 30 May, 2016

Calls for a new emergency health fund to pay for expensive cancer drugs

The Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath wants a fund of €80 million to be set up.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 17 May, 2016

Official probe launched into case of teenager left in foster home despite sexual abuse allegations

The case review will be run jointly by the HSE and child and family agency Tusla.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 16 May, 2016

Majority of Irish people think water charges should be refunded to those who have paid

Just 8% don’t know what they think on the issue.

Cancer charity brands minister's smoking comments "unhelpful and irresponsible"

Finian McGrath said that he personally supports smoking areas in pubs and restaurants.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 8 March, 2016

Gerry wants to be Taoiseach, but Enda is meeting everybody so that he gets to rule the roost

The dance of those who would be in government continued apace today.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 1 March, 2016

No TDs for days, then three in a minute – rollercoaster of emotions at a crazy count in Dublin Bay North

It was jubilation for three candidates, and total desolation for Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 14 January, 2016

McGrath vs. McGrath: These lads had a lively (and hilarious) row in our office High Table Election Debates This post contains videos

McGrath vs. McGrath: These lads had a lively (and hilarious) row in our office

In the first of our election debates, Finian McGrath and Mattie McGrath debated whether it’s better to be Independent Alliance or just independent.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 12 January, 2016

Meet the self-styled radical independents who don’t agree on everything

The Independent Alliance says decisions will be made by consensus, but there are disagreements on some issues.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 20 November, 2015

These lads really want you to know they’re independent

The Independent Alliance is seeking to change the description of independent candidates on ballot papers.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Watch: Not one, but two TDs have just been thrown out of the Dáil for getting very angry Walkout This post contains videos

Watch: Not one, but two TDs have just been thrown out of the Dáil for getting very angry

Independent TD Finian McGrath became irate following the Taoiseach’s initial response to questioning regarding overcrowding in emergency departments. Jerry Buttimer soon followed.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

TD insists calling rival ‘Little Miss Twitter’ is not sexist

Sitting TD Finian McGrath and Fine Gael candidate Stephanie Regan are at loggerheads.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 22 September, 2015

Patient facing eviction says he's going on hunger strike to "shame" the government

Brian Nason says he can’t find somewhere to live because he’s on rent allowance.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Why this man is going to be motivating politicians today

Eamon Dunphy will be addressing a meeting of the Independent Alliance in Athlone today.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 30 August, 2015

You could become a TD at the next election… and here’s how

Here is what you need to do if you’re thinking about taking a crack at the next Dáil.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 29 June, 2015

The launch of a ‘radical but responsible’ political alliance didn’t quite go to plan Rule Breakers This post contains videos

The launch of a ‘radical but responsible’ political alliance didn’t quite go to plan

Things got a bit awkward for Shane Ross and co on the Leinster House plinth this morning.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 30 March, 2015

Shane Ross won’t be specific but wants to ‘look after women’…

… and do loads of other stuff, like revive rural Ireland.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 26 March, 2015

TD says road sign he showed justice committee MIGHT have been from the UK

Finian McGrath says he has plenty of photos of signs that are “definitely” Irish.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 22 February, 2015

‘Being a TD was the one thing that kept me sane after Anne died’ The High Table Interview This post contains videos

‘Being a TD was the one thing that kept me sane after Anne died’

Finian McGrath spoke to about the challenges he faced after his wife died in 2009.

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