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# independent-alliance - Monday 10 February, 2020

The end of the road for the Independent Alliance 'experiment'
# Farewell
# Farewell

The end of the road for the Independent Alliance 'experiment'

Feb 10th 2020, 2:11 AM 31,159 Views 25 Comments

The defeat of Shane Ross marks the end of the Independent Alliance.

# independent-alliance - Sunday 9 February, 2020

'It's disappointing': Outgoing minister Shane Ross loses seat in Dublin Rathdown
# Independent Alliance
# Independent Alliance

'It's disappointing': Outgoing minister Shane Ross loses seat in Dublin Rathdown

Feb 9th 2020, 7:30 PM 91,278 Views 157 Comments

He said he believed the Independent Alliance had been able to achieve a lot in government without “rocking the boat”.

# independent-alliance - Monday 13 January, 2020

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is leaving the Independent Alliance
# Out Boxed
# Out Boxed

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is leaving the Independent Alliance

Jan 13th 2020, 3:38 PM 19,335 Views 40 Comments

The junior minister said he may rejoin or join another grouping after the election.

# independent-alliance - 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 14,267 Views 10 Comments

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

# independent-alliance - Friday 4 October, 2019

'Slow progress' in Budget talks, as Donohoe confirms he will be dipping into corporation tax take
# Limited Headroom
# Limited Headroom

'Slow progress' in Budget talks, as Donohoe confirms he will be dipping into corporation tax take

Updated Oct 4th 2019, 5:00 PM 30,602 Views 55 Comments

A total of €1.5bn is to be moved into the rainy day fund.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 28 September, 2019

Behind-the-scenes pressure on minister to raise inheritance tax threshold in the Budget
# Budget 2020
# Budget 2020

Behind-the-scenes pressure on minister to raise inheritance tax threshold in the Budget

Sep 28th 2019, 12:05 AM 26,309 Views 37 Comments

A tax-free threshold on transfers between parents and their children currently stands at €320,000.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Finian McGrath claims he was 'thrown under the bus' by other ministers over drink-driving remarks
# Over The Top
# Over The Top

Finian McGrath claims he was 'thrown under the bus' by other ministers over drink-driving remarks

Apr 20th 2019, 2:13 PM 22,213 Views 46 Comments

He previously claimed the new laws were being implemented unfairly.

# independent-alliance - 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 35,288 Views 121 Comments

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

# independent-alliance - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Ross says no 'heated' row over speeding proposals, but some FG ministers have issues with severity of penalty points
# Fines
# Fines

Ross says no 'heated' row over speeding proposals, but some FG ministers have issues with severity of penalty points

Dec 18th 2018, 5:19 PM 14,723 Views 59 Comments

The general scheme of the Bill was approved this afternoon.

# independent-alliance - 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 7,478 Views 30 Comments

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

# independent-alliance - Thursday 9 August, 2018

Poll: Should older people be 'incentivised' to downsize their homes?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should older people be 'incentivised' to downsize their homes?

Aug 9th 2018, 10:28 AM 37,219 Views 173 Comments

Such an initiative is being proposed by the Independent Alliance ahead of October’s budget.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 2 August, 2018

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare?

Aug 2nd 2018, 8:00 AM 38,741 Views 164 Comments

The idea of the Grandparent and Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme was raised with the Taoiseach this week.

# independent-alliance - 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 42,671 Views 140 Comments

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

# independent-alliance - 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 12,244 Views 148 Comments

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

# independent-alliance - Tuesday 8 May, 2018

Whoever gets the government assistant chief whip job won't be taking the €15k top up
# Gone
# Gone

Whoever gets the government assistant chief whip job won't be taking the €15k top up

May 8th 2018, 1:37 PM 12,629 Views 23 Comments

The TD left the Independent Alliance last week after a row over who should serve as a junior minister.

# independent-alliance - Friday 4 May, 2018

Sean Canney quits the Independent Alliance
# Stepping Down
# Stepping Down

Sean Canney quits the Independent Alliance

May 4th 2018, 9:54 AM 15,220 Views 36 Comments

He announced the move this morning.

# independent-alliance - Wednesday 25 April, 2018

Explainer: Why has a massive row blown up between two Independent Alliance TDs?
# Split
# Split

Explainer: Why has a massive row blown up between two Independent Alliance TDs?

Apr 25th 2018, 5:34 PM 22,806 Views 49 Comments

The crux of the issue is there is just one Minister of State role up for grabs but two government TDs want it.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 19 April, 2018

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran wins bout over junior minister role against Seán Canney
# Independent Alliance
# Independent Alliance

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran wins bout over junior minister role against Seán Canney

Apr 19th 2018, 5:26 PM 12,328 Views 28 Comments

An internal dispute arose over whether Seán Canney would take back over the role.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 14 April, 2018

Only eight people (and one party) gave their view on whether we should have a fixed term Dáil
# No-dail Recall
# No-dail Recall

Only eight people (and one party) gave their view on whether we should have a fixed term Dáil

Apr 14th 2018, 6:01 AM 8,284 Views 13 Comments

Only the Green Party made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.

# independent-alliance - Sunday 24 December, 2017

Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost
# Popularity
# Popularity

Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost

Dec 24th 2017, 9:18 AM 14,111 Views 104 Comments

The latest poll puts Leo Varadkar’s own approval rating at 56%.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 25 November, 2017

A Tánaiste, a pedibus and Mambo No. 5: A day that brought Ireland to the brink of a Christmas election
# Frances Fitzgerald
# Frances Fitzgerald

A Tánaiste, a pedibus and Mambo No. 5: A day that brought Ireland to the brink of a Christmas election

Nov 25th 2017, 8:25 AM 22,337 Views 33 Comments

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin were told to be ‘grown up men’ and sort this out – but eyes will be on the Tánaiste this weekend.

# independent-alliance - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Independent Alliance won't be travelling to North Korea
# Peace Talks
# Peace Talks

Independent Alliance won't be travelling to North Korea

Nov 22nd 2017, 11:18 AM 10,588 Views 52 Comments

Minister of State John Halligan has had a briefing with the Department of Foreign Affairs about the situation.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 19 October, 2017

'Workers are being told "bugger off, you're 65 now". It's not fair'
# Retirement Age
# Retirement Age

'Workers are being told "bugger off, you're 65 now". It's not fair'

Oct 19th 2017, 7:50 PM 20,175 Views 26 Comments

The Independent Alliance want Paschal Donohoe to give workers the option to work until the age of 66 if they choose.

# independent-alliance - Monday 17 July, 2017

'It's an insult to my little boy': Families who lost loved ones to drunk-drivers slam politicians opposing new law
# Off The Road
# Off The Road

'It's an insult to my little boy': Families who lost loved ones to drunk-drivers slam politicians opposing new law

Jul 17th 2017, 4:23 PM 33,334 Views 56 Comments

Following a meeting with the RSA and road traffic victim support groups today, Shane Ross published his new drink-driving bill.

# independent-alliance - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach
# Pledging Support
# Pledging Support

Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach

Jun 11th 2017, 1:31 PM 10,839 Views 58 Comments

The five IA members will vote for Varadkar next week.

# independent-alliance - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Independent Alliance have 'very constructive and very satisfactory' meeting with Leo Varadkar
# Week Of Meetings
# Week Of Meetings

Independent Alliance have 'very constructive and very satisfactory' meeting with Leo Varadkar

Jun 6th 2017, 10:59 PM 35,029 Views 42 Comments

Leo Varadkar is into a week of meetings as he drums up support ahead of Tuesday’s vote to become the next Taoiseach.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 3 June, 2017

'Boxer' Moran: 'Yes, I have difficulties with reading, but I am as clever a man as you will ever meet'
# Switch-up
# Switch-up

'Boxer' Moran: 'Yes, I have difficulties with reading, but I am as clever a man as you will ever meet'

Jun 3rd 2017, 11:25 AM 26,944 Views 77 Comments

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran says he has been inundated with messages of support from people since his appearance on the Late Late Show.

# independent-alliance - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

'The man who raped me went on to attack multiple women': Calls for harsher sentences for serial rapists
# Jail Time
# Jail Time

'The man who raped me went on to attack multiple women': Calls for harsher sentences for serial rapists

May 31st 2017, 8:10 PM 26,673 Views 24 Comments

A new Bill to impose tougher sentencing passed First Stage in the Dáil earlier this afternoon.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 4 May, 2017

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to take over as Minister of State at OPW in June
# Switch Over
# Switch Over

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to take over as Minister of State at OPW in June

May 4th 2017, 4:49 PM 9,076 Views 16 Comments

Sean Canney will vacate the post on 2 June.

# independent-alliance - Saturday 11 March, 2017

'He's a sexual predator': John Halligan is not happy with Kenny meeting Trump
# St Patrick's Day
# St Patrick's Day

'He's a sexual predator': John Halligan is not happy with Kenny meeting Trump

Mar 11th 2017, 2:19 PM 23,536 Views 63 Comments

Halligan will be heading to Brazil for St Patrick’s Day.

# independent-alliance - Sunday 29 January, 2017

Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country

Jan 29th 2017, 9:39 AM 13,500 Views 172 Comments

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have both lost ground.

# independent-alliance - Friday 13 January, 2017

John Halligan says he's secured a mobile cath lab for Waterford hospital
# Government Row
# Government Row

John Halligan says he's secured a mobile cath lab for Waterford hospital

Jan 13th 2017, 12:06 PM 10,584 Views 33 Comments

The Independent Alliance TD almost left the government last year in a row over the lab.

# independent-alliance - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

'Halligan is focused on his constituency but I have to ensure we deliver jobs for all of Ireland'
# My Turf
# My Turf

'Halligan is focused on his constituency but I have to ensure we deliver jobs for all of Ireland'

Jan 3rd 2017, 6:00 PM 11,053 Views 27 Comments

Halligan said he felt jobs announcements were being made in his constituency by Mitchell O’Connor, when they should be made by him.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 29 December, 2016

John Halligan believes the government won't serve its full term
# Tensions
# Tensions

John Halligan believes the government won't serve its full term

Dec 29th 2016, 12:30 PM 8,339 Views 50 Comments

The Waterford TD believes no party wants an election any time soon.

# independent-alliance - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

TD John Halligan is sending out alien-themed Christmas cards (again)
# We Are Not Alone
# We Are Not Alone

TD John Halligan is sending out alien-themed Christmas cards (again)

Dec 14th 2016, 6:20 AM 10,907 Views 65 Comments

The Waterford TD traditionally sends his alien-themed cards as an alternative to traditional Christmas scenes.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 17 November, 2016

There's trouble between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance again... this time it's over alcohol
# Showdown
# Showdown

There's trouble between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance again... this time it's over alcohol

Nov 17th 2016, 5:31 PM 19,549 Views 50 Comments

Independent Alliance TDs say certain sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill are akin to a “nanny state”.

# independent-alliance - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Poll: Should independent ministers be given a free vote on the Repeal the Eighth bill?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should independent ministers be given a free vote on the Repeal the Eighth bill?

Oct 23rd 2016, 10:34 AM 14,040 Views 63 Comments

Health Minister Simon Harris is hoping a technical counter-motion will be a good enough compromise for independent TDs.

# independent-alliance - 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 24,495 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.

# independent-alliance - 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 6,261 Views 64 Comments

The government faces another hurdle after the Budget next week.

# independent-alliance - Thursday 6 October, 2016

Fianna Fáil support is down, party now neck-and-neck with Fine Gael
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Fianna Fáil support is down, party now neck-and-neck with Fine Gael

Oct 6th 2016, 7:30 AM 9,075 Views 74 Comments

Micheál Martin is still the most popular leader in the country, however.

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