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#Finian McGrath

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

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

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

Dec 21st 2016, 11:03 AM 8,849 Views 7 Comments

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
# Unacceptable
# Unacceptable

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

Dec 3rd 2016, 7:35 AM 17,989 Views 74 Comments

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
# Your Say

Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution?

Nov 23rd 2016, 8:46 AM 21,672 Views 204 Comments

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'
# Mobility Grant
# Mobility Grant

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

Nov 17th 2016, 6:20 AM 12,555 Views 22 Comments

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?
# Biggest Best Relationship
# Biggest Best Relationship

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

Nov 9th 2016, 10:12 AM 22,695 Views 70 Comments

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
# Cerebral Palsy
# Cerebral Palsy

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

Oct 23rd 2016, 8:30 PM 23,790 Views 39 Comments

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'
# War Of Words
# War Of Words

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

Oct 22nd 2016, 10:15 PM 24,451 Views 90 Comments

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, 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
# Delayed
# Delayed

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

Oct 20th 2016, 6:25 PM 5,783 Views 18 Comments

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
# Coming Down The Line
# Coming Down The Line

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

Oct 8th 2016, 6:15 AM 6,236 Views 64 Comments

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
# Coroner's Inquest
# Coroner's Inquest

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

Oct 1st 2016, 5:50 AM 8,531 Views 9 Comments

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'
# Letter To Ross
# Letter To Ross

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

Sep 19th 2016, 8:50 AM 41,020 Views 112 Comments

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'
# Áras Attracta
# Áras Attracta

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

Aug 2nd 2016, 6:30 AM 21,196 Views 19 Comments

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
# How Bizarre

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

Jul 9th 2016, 3:11 PM 39,686 Views 29 Comments

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
# Kerry
# Kerry

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

Jul 2nd 2016, 9:30 PM 34,536 Views 48 Comments

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'
# FREE VOTE
# FREE VOTE

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

Jun 29th 2016, 6:10 AM 15,995 Views 11 Comments

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
# Pembro
# Pembro

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

May 30th 2016, 12:19 PM 10,160 Views 52 Comments

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
# Mary's Story
# Mary's Story

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

May 17th 2016, 3:33 PM 7,122 Views 0 Comments

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
# Claire Byrne Live
# Claire Byrne Live

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

May 16th 2016, 11:35 PM 13,349 Views 68 Comments

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

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

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

May 16th 2016, 4:18 PM 19,634 Views 125 Comments

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
# Many Meetings
# Many Meetings

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

Mar 8th 2016, 3:41 PM 38,951 Views 110 Comments

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
# At Last
# At Last

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

Mar 1st 2016, 2:16 PM 26,770 Views 92 Comments

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
# High Table Election Debates

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

Jan 14th 2016, 10:10 AM 19,006 Views 18 Comments

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
# Independents Unite
# Independents Unite

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

Jan 12th 2016, 1:52 PM 12,239 Views 64 Comments

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
# Ballot Papers
# Ballot Papers

These lads really want you to know they're independent

Nov 20th 2015, 1:58 PM 9,398 Views 21 Comments

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
# Walkout

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

Nov 4th 2015, 2:00 PM 33,865 Views 87 Comments

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
# Battle On The Bay
# Battle On The Bay

TD insists calling rival 'Little Miss Twitter' is not sexist

Nov 3rd 2015, 5:00 PM 18,095 Views 73 Comments

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
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

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

Sep 22nd 2015, 6:01 AM 19,314 Views 102 Comments

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
# Politics Baby!
# Politics Baby!

Why this man is going to be motivating politicians today

Sep 19th 2015, 7:05 AM 8,014 Views 18 Comments

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
# Fancy A Go?
# Fancy A Go?

You could become a TD at the next election... and here's how

Aug 30th 2015, 8:30 PM 28,285 Views 31 Comments

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
# Rule Breakers

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

Jun 29th 2015, 12:31 PM 29,987 Views 66 Comments

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'...
# Independent Alliance
# Independent Alliance

Shane Ross won't be specific but wants to 'look after women'...

Mar 30th 2015, 11:48 AM 10,665 Views 56 Comments

… 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
# Bullet Holes
# Bullet Holes

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

Mar 26th 2015, 4:07 PM 17,218 Views 77 Comments

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
# The High Table Interview

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

Feb 22nd 2015, 9:15 AM 12,838 Views 3 Comments

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

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Why we should 'relax the smoking ban in bars and give smokers a break'
# Lighten Up
# Lighten Up

Why we should 'relax the smoking ban in bars and give smokers a break'

Feb 18th 2015, 8:30 AM 18,015 Views 102 Comments

Finian McGrath believes that smokers are soft targets.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Explained: Why the new nickname for Shane Ross is 'Fidel'
# Havana Good Time
# Havana Good Time

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

Feb 17th 2015, 3:45 PM 10,860 Views 20 Comments

*Although we think Finian McGrath was joking…

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 16 February, 2015

'People like to see their TDs having good manners and some of them have crossed the line'
# Jobstown
# Jobstown

'People like to see their TDs having good manners and some of them have crossed the line'

Feb 16th 2015, 7:10 PM 19,262 Views 101 Comments

Independent TD Finian McGrath explains why support for independent and smaller parties has fallen.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 29 January, 2015

Fine Gael row with TDs over funding 'like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts':
# Owning The Road
# Owning The Road

Fine Gael row with TDs over funding 'like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts':

Jan 29th 2015, 8:30 PM 12,728 Views 47 Comments

TheJournal.ie would like to state that there is nothing wrong with Ford Escorts.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 23 January, 2015

'There's nothing to be afraid of': Peter Mathews wanted to liberate politicians today...
# Shot Down
# Shot Down

'There's nothing to be afraid of': Peter Mathews wanted to liberate politicians today...

Jan 23rd 2015, 10:00 PM 13,306 Views 67 Comments

The independent TD proposed a referendum to give politicians freedom of conscience during votes.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 7 January, 2015

This Fine Gael senator could defect to the new Independent Alliance
# Switcheroo
# Switcheroo

This Fine Gael senator could defect to the new Independent Alliance

Jan 7th 2015, 3:00 PM 12,213 Views 72 Comments

Martin Conway could be the new alliance of independent TDs’ latest recruit.

Shane Ross says his new alliance will 'absolutely uproot politics in this country'
# Independent Revolution
# Independent Revolution

Shane Ross says his new alliance will 'absolutely uproot politics in this country'

Jan 7th 2015, 7:53 AM 27,330 Views 150 Comments

Ross and fellow independent Michael Fitzmaurice will be joining forces.