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#Finian McGrath

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Retiring TDs reflect on Enda and Leo, their time in the Dáil and the 'slowness' of the system
# Slán
# Slán

Retiring TDs reflect on Enda and Leo, their time in the Dáil and the 'slowness' of the system

Jan 19th 2020, 7:30 AM 30,465 Views 51 Comments

Eighteen TDs who were elected in 2016 have decided not to run in the general election – but what have some of them learnt.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath won't be contesting the election
# Ge 2020
# Ge 2020

Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath won't be contesting the election

Jan 14th 2020, 1:00 PM 21,566 Views 50 Comments

McGrath said in a statement that this was the correct decision for him and his family, but that he was “far from retiring”.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'
# Cuisle Centre
# Cuisle Centre

Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'

Nov 14th 2019, 12:15 PM 9,090 Views 14 Comments

Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 8 November, 2019

'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague
# E-cigarettes
# E-cigarettes

'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague

Nov 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 20,024 Views 29 Comments

The Health Minister has said he has no intention of meeting with vaping companies.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 7 October, 2019

Independent Alliance want rise in income threshold for medical cards for the over 70s
# Budget 2020
# Budget 2020

Independent Alliance want rise in income threshold for medical cards for the over 70s

Oct 7th 2019, 5:56 PM 14,252 Views 10 Comments

They said they are at a ‘very delicate stage’ of negotiations with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 9 August, 2019

Amid talk of a snap general election last year, some Independent TDs were spending thousands on polling
# Voter Polling
# Voter Polling

Amid talk of a snap general election last year, some Independent TDs were spending thousands on polling

Aug 9th 2019, 6:00 AM 18,243 Views 12 Comments

Throughout 2018, speculation was rife that a snap general election could be on the cards.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Government minister to attend protest against Trump's visit to Ireland
# Finian McGrath
# Finian McGrath

Government minister to attend protest against Trump's visit to Ireland

Updated Jun 4th 2019, 1:14 PM 44,797 Views 81 Comments

A number of protests will take place during the US President’s visit.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Government 'reluctantly' grants second year long extension to Grace case inquiry
# Grace Case
# Grace Case

Government 'reluctantly' grants second year long extension to Grace case inquiry

May 22nd 2019, 10:48 AM 9,044 Views 6 Comments

The Farrelly Commission to provide its final phase report by 15 May 2020.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 1 April, 2019

Garda representatives welcome withdrawal of McGrath's 'no basis' claims
# Finian McGrath
# Finian McGrath

Garda representatives welcome withdrawal of McGrath's 'no basis' claims

Apr 1st 2019, 10:58 AM 15,039 Views 34 Comments

Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath said there was an “agenda” in the gardaí to damage government.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 31 March, 2019

Finian McGrath withdraws comments over political policing after strong criticism from Cabinet colleagues

Finian McGrath withdraws comments over political policing after strong criticism from Cabinet colleagues

Updated Mar 31st 2019, 5:56 PM 22,876 Views 66 Comments

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, McGrath said the policing of new drink driving laws had been “really over the top”.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain
# Occupied Territories
# Occupied Territories

Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain

Updated Jan 24th 2019, 2:00 PM 35,174 Views 120 Comments

The government lost by 75 votes to 45 votes, with three abstentions.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
# International Relations
# International Relations

Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers

Jan 3rd 2019, 6:15 AM 6,646 Views 45 Comments

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 16 December, 2018

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
# Trouble Ahead
# Trouble Ahead

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

Dec 16th 2018, 6:30 AM 7,449 Views 30 Comments

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

'He's gone and he needn't have been gone': Mick Wallace gives impassioned speech about suicide
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

'He's gone and he needn't have been gone': Mick Wallace gives impassioned speech about suicide

Dec 11th 2018, 9:56 PM 50,553 Views 56 Comments

Wexford, where the TD is from, has the highest suicide rate in the country.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Shane Ross defends proposal to give grandparents cash for helping out with childcare
# Granny Grant
# Granny Grant

Shane Ross defends proposal to give grandparents cash for helping out with childcare

Updated Aug 1st 2018, 4:55 PM 42,630 Views 140 Comments

The proposal attracted criticism Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme will be in the region of €1,000 per year.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 20 July, 2018

'A major problem': Independent Alliance to decide on free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill in the autumn
# Trouble Ahead
# Trouble Ahead

'A major problem': Independent Alliance to decide on free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill in the autumn

Jul 20th 2018, 1:32 PM 11,027 Views 71 Comments

The proposed legislation passed in the Seanad last week after opposition parties joined forces.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

TDs to snub 4th of July party at the US ambassador's residence in Dublin tonight
# Boycott
# Boycott

TDs to snub 4th of July party at the US ambassador's residence in Dublin tonight

Jul 3rd 2018, 6:25 PM 36,861 Views 86 Comments

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 16 June, 2018

'Are there no people with disabilities north of Dublin?': Anger over lack of funding in northwest
# Ability Programme
# Ability Programme

'Are there no people with disabilities north of Dublin?': Anger over lack of funding in northwest

Jun 16th 2018, 12:05 AM 14,059 Views 17 Comments

An organisation in “urgent need of funding” has criticised the lack of funding given to projects in the northwest as part of a new initiative.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

'If you vote No, abortion will not stop, we'll just export it to England'
# Independent Alliance
# Independent Alliance

'If you vote No, abortion will not stop, we'll just export it to England'

May 22nd 2018, 5:46 PM 12,231 Views 146 Comments

John Halligan has appealed to men, in particular, to back the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Grace probe delayed: Problems interviewing elderly witnesses 'not predicted', says Minister
# Grace Case
# Grace Case

Grace probe delayed: Problems interviewing elderly witnesses 'not predicted', says Minister

May 16th 2018, 8:20 AM 10,028 Views 7 Comments

The Commission of Investigation has been granted another 12 months to complete its work.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Ireland will ratify UN Convention on Disabilities at end of February
# Equality
# Equality

Ireland will ratify UN Convention on Disabilities at end of February

Jan 31st 2018, 8:42 AM 6,309 Views 10 Comments

The government has submitted some reservations on people with disabilities joining the Gardaí or Defence Forces.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

'A watershed moment': Resolution to ratify UN disabilities convention to go before the Dáil
# One Step Closer
# One Step Closer

'A watershed moment': Resolution to ratify UN disabilities convention to go before the Dáil

Jan 30th 2018, 1:30 PM 9,571 Views 17 Comments

Ireland is the only EU country that has yet to ratify the Convention.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 15 December, 2017

'We fulfilled our commitments': Justice Minister says no grounds for further Stardust investigation
# Tragedy
# Tragedy

'We fulfilled our commitments': Justice Minister says no grounds for further Stardust investigation

Dec 15th 2017, 10:45 AM 7,616 Views 40 Comments

A total of 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust tragedy.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December
# Finian McGrath
# Finian McGrath

Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December

Dec 5th 2017, 6:10 AM 4,711 Views 11 Comments

The Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath will look for his Cabinet colleagues to support his draft legislation today.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 10 November, 2017

'I think I'm doing a good job': Halligan says he isn't resigning after North Korea and interview controversies
# Independent
# Independent

'I think I'm doing a good job': Halligan says he isn't resigning after North Korea and interview controversies

Nov 10th 2017, 10:48 AM 14,962 Views 80 Comments

His colleague Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said that he was “embarrassed” when he heard Halligan’s comments on the radio last week.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

'No new inquiry warranted': Stardust report finds cause of fire may never be known
# Tragedy
# Tragedy

'No new inquiry warranted': Stardust report finds cause of fire may never be known

Nov 7th 2017, 5:08 PM 12,002 Views 46 Comments

A total of 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust tragedy.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 6 November, 2017

Leo says he won't be stopping his ministers at the airport if they want to travel to North Korea
# Diplomatic Mission
# Diplomatic Mission

Leo says he won't be stopping his ministers at the airport if they want to travel to North Korea

Nov 6th 2017, 1:00 PM 12,081 Views 63 Comments

“I am not the keeper of any of my ministers,” said the Taoiseach today.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
# Long Time Coming
# Long Time Coming

FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?

Sep 19th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,548 Views 46 Comments

It’s 10 years since Ireland signed the Convention. A decade on, the Republic stands as the only EU country which is yet to ratify it.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

'I am grateful I received the HPV vaccine and will be for the rest of my life'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I am grateful I received the HPV vaccine and will be for the rest of my life'

Sep 6th 2017, 6:30 AM 8,817 Views 142 Comments

The vaccine has saved thousands of lives worldwide, writes Imogen Sharkey Ochoa.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

'I wouldn't dare say don't take the vaccine': TDs on why they've asked questions about HPV in Dáil
# Vaccine Controversy
# Vaccine Controversy

'I wouldn't dare say don't take the vaccine': TDs on why they've asked questions about HPV in Dáil

Sep 5th 2017, 7:05 AM 20,293 Views 96 Comments

With HPV high on the agenda, we spoke to TDs who’ve raised the issue in the Dáil chamber.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 4 September, 2017

Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments
# Hpv Controversy
# Hpv Controversy

Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments

Sep 4th 2017, 5:50 PM 32,444 Views 269 Comments

Harris said he now feels McGrath “fully supports” the vaccination programme.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 3 September, 2017

Simon Harris says HPV vaccine saves lives, after speaking to Finian McGrath about his concerns
# Calls To Resign
# Calls To Resign

Simon Harris says HPV vaccine saves lives, after speaking to Finian McGrath about his concerns

Sep 3rd 2017, 1:10 PM 20,873 Views 190 Comments

McGrath had called for the vaccine to be banned.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards
# Children's Health
# Children's Health

Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards

May 2nd 2017, 7:57 PM 10,834 Views 13 Comments

Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 30 March, 2017

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

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

Mar 30th 2017, 3:27 PM 21,073 Views 31 Comments

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...
# All In Favour
# All In Favour

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

Mar 9th 2017, 2:35 PM 9,435 Views 11 Comments

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
# Dáil Debate
# Dáil Debate

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

Mar 9th 2017, 7:30 AM 12,184 Views 27 Comments

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
# Artane 1981
# Artane 1981

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

Mar 7th 2017, 8:14 PM 9,687 Views 18 Comments

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
# Foster Care
# Foster Care

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

Mar 1st 2017, 7:45 AM 11,248 Views 20 Comments

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
# Grace
# Grace

Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe

Feb 28th 2017, 5:43 PM 20,216 Views 53 Comments

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
# Garda Probe
# Garda Probe

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

Feb 15th 2017, 6:56 PM 18,777 Views 76 Comments

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

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