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.