Independent Alliance

  • Galway East deputy, Sean Canney says he’s more disappointed than angry at the Independent Alliance group for not honouring a hand shake agreement on the rotation of the portfolio, of Minister for the OPW.

    The Tuam based deputy and Kevin Boxer Moran flipped a coin when this coalition government was formed, to decide who would take on the position first and it was understood that it would rotate on a twelve month basis.

    But the present position holder Minister Kevin Boxer Moran refused to hand it back as the third year of the coalition got underway last month.

    Members of the Alliance backed Minister Moran staying on.

    Sean Canney spent two week considering his position and this morning announced he is leaving the group.

    He has also confirmed he'll continue to support the government in confidence and budgetary matters.

    Speaking to Midwest News today deputy Canney explained why it took him two weeks to decide on this move.

     He said he did not want to react hastiliy, and preferred to confer with his supporters.

    They met last night and agreed he would exit the group.

    He says he was elected as an Independent and he believes he can now serve his constituents best as an Independent.

    He says it is up to the Taoiseach now, if he is to retain his position as Assistant Government Whip.



  • It’s reported that Galway East TD Séan Canney and his Independent Alliance colleague Kevin Boxer Moran are involved in a dispute over who should be a Government Minister.

    The two made an agreement two years ago to rotate the position of Minister of State for the OPW between them.

    When the Fine Gael-led minority administration took office in May 2016, they decided by tossing a coin that Mr Canney should take the job first for one year, and Kevin Moran took over last June.

    However, the Irish Times reports that a dispute has now arisen between the two deputies, as the second anniversary of the Government taking office approaches.

    Séan Canney says the ministerial post should revert back to him, while Boxer Moran claims the agreement was that Mr Canney would have the job for one year only.

    The Independent Alliance is now considering holding a vote, which would effectively see the remaining members – Ministers Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and John Halligan – settling the dispute between their two colleagues.


  • The Independent Alliance has dropped its controversial 'granny grant' proposals ahead of October's budget.

    The 500 euro annual payment for grandparents who look after their grandchildren was first put forward by Transport Minister Shane Ross.

    Concerns were raised over how the payment would work, and what would it cost to the exchequer. 

    According to a secret briefing document seen by the Sunday Business Post, the Independent Alliance accepted that the idea had been 'shot down'.


  • Members of the Independent Alliance have asked Sean Canney to clarify his position in the party.

    Mr Canney is thought to be unhappy that he won't be getting his junior ministry back after swapping roles with his colleague Kevin Boxer Moran.

    While other members of the Alliance are annoyed at Canney for voting against Shane Ross' drink driving bill last night.

    Minister John Halligan was tasked this afternoon with asking Sean Canney whether he plans to stay in the Alliance or not.



  • Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney is expected announce today that he is to leave the Independent Alliance group of TDs but will remain on the Government benches.

    Deputy  Canney has been considering his position within the group since losing a row between himself and Kevin Boxer Moran  over the allocation of a junior ministerial portfolio.

    The other members of the Independent Alliance have been told that Mr Canney will release a statement today and sources, according to today’s Irish Times,  say he will leave the Alliance, whose members include Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Kevin Boxer Moran.  He is, however, expected to remain as an assistant Government whip, which comes with an extra €15,000 allowance on top of a basic €90,000 TD’s salary.

    He will now become a non-aligned, Independent member of the Government, similar to Ministers Denis Naughten and Katherine Zappone.

  • Sinn Fein's popularity has plummeted by five points according to a new opinion poll.

    It now leaves them 18 per cent behind leaders Fine Gael.

    After a promising surge in last month's poll, things seem to have changed dramatically for Sinn Fein.

    The latest Red C opinion poll for the Sunday Business Post has them at 13 per cent - a decrease of five points.

    It comes a fortnight after party leader Mary Lou McDonald posed behind a controversial banner reading "England get out of Ireland" at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

    Meanwhile, support for Fine Gael is unchanged at 31 per cent, while Fianna Fáil are on 25, up one point.

    The Social Democrats, the Independent Alliance and the Green Party all sit on 3 per cent, with Solidarity-People Before Profit on two.

    The Independents and Labour are unchanged on 15 and 5 per cent respectively, while Renua and Peadar Tóibín's new party Aontú are on less than 1 per cent.