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Explained: Why the new nickname for Shane Ross is 'Fidel'

*Although we think Finian McGrath was joking…

ALONG WITH JUST what it stands for and what policies it’s advocating, there are lots of questions about who is going to lead the Independent Alliance.

While Shane Ross has emerged as the putative leader in recent weeks the likes of the outspoken Michael Fitzmaurice and Finian McGrath are also likely to be jockeying for positions at the top.

So when McGrath came to visit this week, we had to ask whether he was backing Ross or had leadership ambitions himself. Here’s his rather hilarious answer:

Source: Aoife Barry/

McGrath said that the formal launch of the loose alliance of independents, along with details of its principles and policies will only happen when everything is “ready to rock and roll”. He admitted he doesn’t know when this will be .

But depending on how may seats it wins at the next election it could yet hold the balance of power. In which case some cabinet positions might come up. So we asked McGrath what he personally had in mind if he could sit at the top table:

Source: Video

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