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# Finian McGrath

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# slán
Retiring TDs reflect on Enda and Leo, their time in the Dáil and the 'slowness' of the system
Eighteen TDs who were elected in 2016 have decided not to run in the general election – but what have some of them learnt.
# ge 2020
Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath won't be contesting the election
McGrath said in a statement that this was the correct decision for him and his family, but that he was “far from retiring”.
# Cuisle centre
Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'
Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.
# e-cigarettes
'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague
The Health Minister has said he has no intention of meeting with vaping companies.
# budget 2020
Independent Alliance want rise in income threshold for medical cards for the over 70s
They said they are at a ‘very delicate stage’ of negotiations with Minister Paschal Donohoe.
# voter polling
Amid talk of a snap general election last year, some Independent TDs were spending thousands on polling
Throughout 2018, speculation was rife that a snap general election could be on the cards.
# Finian McGrath
Government minister to attend protest against Trump's visit to Ireland
A number of protests will take place during the US President’s visit.
# Grace case
Government 'reluctantly' grants second year long extension to Grace case inquiry
The Farrelly Commission to provide its final phase report by 15 May 2020.
# Finian McGrath
Garda representatives welcome withdrawal of McGrath's 'no basis' claims
Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath said there was an “agenda” in the gardaí to damage government.
Finian McGrath withdraws comments over political policing after strong criticism from Cabinet colleagues
In an interview with the Sunday Independent, McGrath said the policing of new drink driving laws had been “really over the top”.
# occupied territories
Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain
The government lost by 75 votes to 45 votes, with three abstentions.
# international relations
Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# trouble ahead
Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.
# Mental Health
'He's gone and he needn't have been gone': Mick Wallace gives impassioned speech about suicide
Wexford, where the TD is from, has the highest suicide rate in the country.
# granny grant
Shane Ross defends proposal to give grandparents cash for helping out with childcare
The proposal attracted criticism Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme will be in the region of €1,000 per year.
# trouble ahead
'A major problem': Independent Alliance to decide on free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill in the autumn
The proposed legislation passed in the Seanad last week after opposition parties joined forces.
# Boycott
TDs to snub 4th of July party at the US ambassador's residence in Dublin tonight
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations.
# ability programme
'Are there no people with disabilities north of Dublin?': Anger over lack of funding in northwest
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.
# Independent alliance
'If you vote No, abortion will not stop, we'll just export it to England'
John Halligan has appealed to men, in particular, to back the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
# Grace case
Grace probe delayed: Problems interviewing elderly witnesses 'not predicted', says Minister
The Commission of Investigation has been granted another 12 months to complete its work.
# Equality
Ireland will ratify UN Convention on Disabilities at end of February
The government has submitted some reservations on people with disabilities joining the Gardaí or Defence Forces.
# One Step Closer
'A watershed moment': Resolution to ratify UN disabilities convention to go before the Dáil
Ireland is the only EU country that has yet to ratify the Convention.
# Tragedy
'We fulfilled our commitments': Justice Minister says no grounds for further Stardust investigation
A total of 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust tragedy.
# Finian McGrath
Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December
The Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath will look for his Cabinet colleagues to support his draft legislation today.
# Independent
'I think I'm doing a good job': Halligan says he isn't resigning after North Korea and interview controversies
His colleague Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said that he was “embarrassed” when he heard Halligan’s comments on the radio last week.
# Tragedy
'No new inquiry warranted': Stardust report finds cause of fire may never be known
A total of 48 people died and 214 were injured in the Stardust tragedy.
# Diplomatic Mission
Leo says he won't be stopping his ministers at the airport if they want to travel to North Korea
“I am not the keeper of any of my ministers,” said the Taoiseach today.
# Long Time Coming
FactFind: Why on earth hasn't Ireland ratified the UN's Convention on Disabilities?
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.
Voices
'I am grateful I received the HPV vaccine and will be for the rest of my life'
The vaccine has saved thousands of lives worldwide, writes Imogen Sharkey Ochoa.
# vaccine controversy
'I wouldn't dare say don't take the vaccine': TDs on why they've asked questions about HPV in Dáil
With HPV high on the agenda, we spoke to TDs who’ve raised the issue in the Dáil chamber.
# hpv controversy
Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments
Harris said he now feels McGrath “fully supports” the vaccination programme.
# calls to resign
Simon Harris says HPV vaccine saves lives, after speaking to Finian McGrath about his concerns
McGrath had called for the vaccine to be banned.
# children's health
Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards
Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.
# Equal Rights
Joanne O’Riordan: 'I will not allow this government treat me like a second class citizen'
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.
# all in favour
Differences between the Grace terms of reference, before and after? There aren't many, but they mean a lot...
There aren’t many differences between the before-and-after terms, but what has changed matters.
# Dáil Debate
The Government has re-written the terms for the Grace inquiry after criticism
The Cabinet signed off on new terms last evening after criticism in the Dáil.
# artane 1981
Retired judge has three months to review new details from Stardust fire tragedy
The government agreed an independent person would review the new evidence Stardust victims’ families say has recently been discovered.
# Foster Care
Allegations of abuse about another child at 'Grace' home reported to gardaí in 1996
The cases of four other service users were formally identified by An Garda Síochána.
# Grace
Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe
Taoiseach Enda Kenny today announced that a commission of investigation will be set up.
# garda probe
International policing expert to carry out 'root-and-branch' review of An Garda Síochána
A thorough investigation will be carried out into the administration, ethos and culture of the force.