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#Finian McGrath

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 6 January, 2015

'The established parties are snobby' - Independent TD

There has been much talk of a changing political landscape in recent days.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs' questions?

Several TDs have complained about not getting any response to their queries from the new utility.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 20 September, 2014

Left-wing independent TDs meet today, but here's why a new party isn't happening soon

Left-wing independent TDs meet today, but here's why a new party isn't happening soon

The ‘is there going to be a new political party?’ story rumbles on…

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

"The water has frozen my brain": The ice bucket challenge came to Kildare St and the Mansion House today

A TD, a senator and the Lord Mayor all took the plunge in Dublin today. Somehow they all managed to stick to parliamentary language, post-deluge….

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Acting Garda Commissioner denies the force has not supported Maurice McCabe

Finian McGrath questioned Nóirín O’Sullivan’s assertion that senior gardaí were in contact with the whistleblower “on a daily basis”.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

16 TDs want a meeting with RTÉ because they're being treated 'very unfairly'

Members of the Dáil’s Technical Group claim that the national broadcaster is unfairly excluding them from a Prime Time panel. RTÉ argues that independents are not a political party and represent themselves.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 1 May, 2014

The government must do more... to deal with dog poo

Independent TD Finian McGrath has said the issue of dog litter is “under the radar” and not discussed enough.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 30 March, 2014

'Ireland is the best little country in the world in which to run as an independent'

A new alliance of TDs, calling itself Independents’ Network , gathered in Dublin today to give advice and support to non-party candidates running in the local elections in May.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 28 March, 2014

Minister nominated for 'brass neck of the year' as TDs row about Seanad reform

Fianna Fáil’s proposal to overhaul the upper house will be opposed by the government.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

'Crime hurts, justice should heal': Law would force burglars to pay their victims' costs

“The essence of the bill is that the victim is now thought of in court,” independent TD John Halligan has said of his proposed law.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Six TDs will launch a network of independent election candidates later this month Exclusive

Amid much talk of a new political party, a press conference will be held later this month where further details of the loose alliance of independent TDs will be revealed.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 21 February, 2014

TDs will provide 'support system' for election candidates - but insist they're not a party

Six independent TDs, including former Labour minister Roisin Shortall, are among those working together to provide a support system for independent candidates in the local elections.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 20 February, 2014

'His situation is untenable': Eight TDs say Alan Shatter should go

The call was made at a press conference in Dublin today.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 7 February, 2014

Government accused of "pretending to support" Down syndrome support bill

The Government did not oppose Finian McGrath’s bill but TDs were concerned that it would get slowed down by Oireachtas committees.

No contest likely on Down Syndrome bill to provide resource teaching

The Independent bill would mean pupils with Down Syndrome in mainstream schools are guaranteed resource teaching and the Government aren’t objecting.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 29 November, 2013

Quinn says CRC board should resign, Burton says salary claims are ‘disturbing’

Two ministers been vocal about the CRC top-ups controversy today.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

‘It’s odious debt’: Dáil to debate ‘burning the bondholders’ tonight and tomorrow

The government will almost certainly oppose the motion and ensure that it does not pass when a vote is held tomorrow night.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Everything you need to know about the biggest piece of legislation in the State's history

The Companies Bill 2013 is nearly 1,200 pages and proposes to overhaul the way company law operates in Ireland. But in what way? TheJournal.ie takes a look…

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 22 November, 2013

Government pledges to address 'serious gap in the law' on hit-and-run incidents

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said the government will accept the broad principle of a bill to crackdown on hit-and-run drivers.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 26 October, 2013

FG TD slams Technical Group for facilitating debate on Ming's Cannabis Bill

But one independent TD said we should not be afraid of “mature debate” on a bill that proposes the legalise and regulate the sale of cannabis in Ireland.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 31 August, 2013

'Mick has a serious credibility problem': TDs split on who does Leaders' Questions

Seamus Healy and Stephen Donnelly will represent the Technical Group at Leaders’ Question in the next Dáil term but Luke Ming Flanagan and Mick Wallace are not happy about this.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 23 August, 2013

Want to work for these TDs? Technical Group seeks assistant for 'tricky job'

A “tricky job” with “crazy hours” is how the position of parliamentary coordinator with the Dáíl Technical Group is being described.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

New bill would recognise Down Syndrome as 'low incidence' disorder

Conditions recognised as ‘low incidence’ automatically qualify for resource teaching hours.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 10 June, 2013

FF leader stands by McGuinness as Kenny brands him 'damaging' to politics

Enda Kenny says it’s up to Fianna Fáil to decide on John McGuinness’s future – and Micheal Martin has offered full support. above reproach’.”

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake' Seanad Abolition This post contains videos

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake'

But the independent TD and several of his colleagues want the upper house reformed and hopes to get support from Labour and Fine Gael TDs this week.

Video: Spending watchdog chair 'should resign' over spouse travel remarks Wags This post contains videos

Video: Spending watchdog chair 'should resign' over spouse travel remarks

Independent TD Finian McGrath says John McGuinness should resign as pressure mounts over the Public Accounts Committee chairman’s comments this morning.

# finian-mcgrath - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Revealed: The three independent TDs voting against abortion proposals

Responding to queries from TheJournal.ie this week, seven independent TDs confirmed their support for the bill with five still undecided.

# finian-mcgrath - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Revealed: The 7 TDs who say they won't pay the property tax

In response to queries from TheJournal.ie this week, most TDs who have opposed the tax have said they will comply with it but at least seven said they will not pay even though it puts their Dáil seat at risk.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?

A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.

# finian-mcgrath - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Garda Commissioner asked about Fr Molloy murder, Love/Hate drama

The Oireachtas committee meeting was suspended after the investigation into the murder of Fr Niall Molloy was raised.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 15 November, 2012

Oireachtas committee to vote on banning smoking at Leinster House

The inside of the complex is already subject to a smoking ban – but John Crown wants to ban all smoking outside it too.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Proposals to make Leinster House a smoke-free campus

Senator John Crown has proposed to put a ban on smoking for all in Leinster House but Independent TD, Finian McGrath is opposed to what he described as “nanny state proposals”.

# finian-mcgrath - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added tweets from ten years ago

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

McGrath quits as chairman of Dáil’s technical group in Wallace row

The independent TD is “completely fed up” with Mick Wallace’s actions and doesn’t want him inside the technical group.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 8 October, 2012

Wallace slammed over 'arrogance' and 'venomous assault' on Technical Group

Independent TD John Halligan is now supporting efforts to deny Wallace any speaking time in the Dáil following his latest remarks about former colleagues in the Technical Group.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 8 June, 2012

Wallace may face Dáil censure - and could lose seat after court action

The Wexford TD could either face bankruptcy action or a criminal prosecution – both of which would see him quit the Dáil.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 7 June, 2012

Technical Group colleagues condemn Wallace but won’t call on him to resign Mick Wallace This post contains videos

Technical Group colleagues condemn Wallace but won’t call on him to resign

Independent TDs and the United Left Alliance have criticised the Wallace after he admitted evading VAT.

# finian-mcgrath - Monday 14 May, 2012

Independent TDs and MEP to call for referendum to be delayed

Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy and Finian McGrath are among those who want the Fiscal Compact referendum delayed in light of the political uncertainty in the eurozone.

# finian-mcgrath - Thursday 8 March, 2012

Gilmore criticised for “back-slapping fest” to mark one-year anniversary

The job losses at AIB dominate Leaders’ Questions, as the Tánaiste admits bank restructuring meant job losses were needed.

# finian-mcgrath - Friday 13 January, 2012

Independent TD defends €42,000 'party leader' payments

Finian McGrath says he spends his €42,000 payment on extra staff wages and “research and development”.