Advertisement

Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Independent alliance

All time
# Farewell
The end of the road for the Independent Alliance 'experiment'
The defeat of Shane Ross marks the end of the Independent Alliance.
# Independent alliance
'It's disappointing': Outgoing minister Shane Ross loses seat in Dublin Rathdown
He said he believed the Independent Alliance had been able to achieve a lot in government without “rocking the boat”.
# out boxed
Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is leaving the Independent Alliance
The junior minister said he may rejoin or join another grouping after the election.
# 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.
# limited headroom
'Slow progress' in Budget talks, as Donohoe confirms he will be dipping into corporation tax take
A total of €1.5bn is to be moved into the rainy day fund.
# budget 2020
Behind-the-scenes pressure on minister to raise inheritance tax threshold in the Budget
A tax-free threshold on transfers between parents and their children currently stands at €320,000.
# over the top
Finian McGrath claims he was 'thrown under the bus' by other ministers over drink-driving remarks
He previously claimed the new laws were being implemented unfairly.
# 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.
# Fines
Ross says no 'heated' row over speeding proposals, but some FG ministers have issues with severity of penalty points
The general scheme of the Bill was approved this afternoon.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should older people be 'incentivised' to downsize their homes?
Such an initiative is being proposed by the Independent Alliance ahead of October’s budget.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare?
The idea of the Grandparent and Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme was raised with the Taoiseach this week.
# 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.
# 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.
# gone
Whoever gets the government assistant chief whip job won't be taking the €15k top up
The TD left the Independent Alliance last week after a row over who should serve as a junior minister.
# stepping down
Sean Canney quits the Independent Alliance
He announced the move this morning.
# Split
Explainer: Why has a massive row blown up between two Independent Alliance TDs?
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
Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran wins bout over junior minister role against Seán Canney
An internal dispute arose over whether Seán Canney would take back over the role.
# no-dail recall
Only eight people (and one party) gave their view on whether we should have a fixed term Dáil
Only the Green Party made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.
# popularity
Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost
The latest poll puts Leo Varadkar’s own approval rating at 56%.
# Frances Fitzgerald
A Tánaiste, a pedibus and Mambo No. 5: A day that brought Ireland to the brink of a Christmas election
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.
# Peace Talks
Independent Alliance won't be travelling to North Korea
Minister of State John Halligan has had a briefing with the Department of Foreign Affairs about the situation.
# Retirement Age
'Workers are being told "bugger off, you're 65 now". It's not fair'
The Independent Alliance want Paschal Donohoe to give workers the option to work until the age of 66 if they choose.
# Off the Road
'It's an insult to my little boy': Families who lost loved ones to drunk-drivers slam politicians opposing new law
Following a meeting with the RSA and road traffic victim support groups today, Shane Ross published his new drink-driving bill.
# pledging support
Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach
The five IA members will vote for Varadkar next week.
# week of meetings
Independent Alliance have 'very constructive and very satisfactory' meeting with Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar is into a week of meetings as he drums up support ahead of Tuesday’s vote to become the next Taoiseach.
# Switch-up
'Boxer' Moran: 'Yes, I have difficulties with reading, but I am as clever a man as you will ever meet'
Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran says he has been inundated with messages of support from people since his appearance on the Late Late Show.
# Jail Time
'The man who raped me went on to attack multiple women': Calls for harsher sentences for serial rapists
A new Bill to impose tougher sentencing passed First Stage in the Dáil earlier this afternoon.
# switch over
Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to take over as Minister of State at OPW in June
Sean Canney will vacate the post on 2 June.
# St Patrick's Day
'He's a sexual predator': John Halligan is not happy with Kenny meeting Trump
Halligan will be heading to Brazil for St Patrick’s Day.
# Opinion Poll
Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have both lost ground.
# government row
John Halligan says he's secured a mobile cath lab for Waterford hospital
The Independent Alliance TD almost left the government last year in a row over the lab.
# my turf
'Halligan is focused on his constituency but I have to ensure we deliver jobs for all of Ireland'
Halligan said he felt jobs announcements were being made in his constituency by Mitchell O’Connor, when they should be made by him.
# tensions
John Halligan believes the government won't serve its full term
The Waterford TD believes no party wants an election any time soon.
# we are not alone
TD John Halligan is sending out alien-themed Christmas cards (again)
The Waterford TD traditionally sends his alien-themed cards as an alternative to traditional Christmas scenes.
# Showdown
There's trouble between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance again... this time it's over alcohol
Independent Alliance TDs say certain sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill are akin to a “nanny state”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should independent ministers be given a free vote on the Repeal the Eighth bill?
Health Minister Simon Harris is hoping a technical counter-motion will be a good enough compromise for independent TDs.
# War of Words
Coppinger on Zappone: 'She wore a Repeal jumper on the march and she won't vote for a repeal bill'
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.
# coming down the line
Independent Alliance to seek a free vote on Repeal the Eighth Bill
The government faces another hurdle after the Budget next week.
# Opinion Poll
Fianna Fáil support is down, party now neck-and-neck with Fine Gael
Micheál Martin is still the most popular leader in the country, however.