Independents not interested in ‘pork barrel’ politics, says Shane Ross

The Independent Alliance of non-party TDS promises to prioritise its charter of principles

Shane Ross: ‘There is absolutely no doubt that what is in the charter is the only thing that matters in the negotiations for government.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross: ‘There is absolutely no doubt that what is in the charter is the only thing that matters in the negotiations for government.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

 

The Independent Alliance of non-party TDs and candidates is not interested in “pork barrel” politics, Shane Ross has said. Mr Ross was speaking at the final general election press conference to be held by the Independent Alliance, the banner under which a number of candidates are standing in the election.

He said the alliance would prioritise its charter of principles – which include commitments on tackling cronyism and supporting rural Ireland – in any post-election government negotiations over constituency deals.

“There is absolutely no doubt that what is in the charter is the only thing that matters in the negotiations for government,” said Mr Ross, who is standing in Dublin South. “We have said ourselves: we are not interested in pork barrel politics.” Pork barrel politics is also known as parish pump politics.