Finian Mcgrath

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Independent Alliance members Shane Ross, John Halligan and Finian McGrath.  To help tackle the housing crisis they want investors buying multiple homes to  pay an extra 10%  of the purchase price in tax on each property.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Investors buying multiple homes or apartments in new developments would be hit with a 10 per cent levy on every such property they buy under budget pl(...)

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said broadband was “as important as water and electricity” in rural Ireland”, and called for the Dáil to be recalled. Photograph: Getty Images

Taxpayers could face a bill of €1 billion to complete the National Broadband Plan, according to industry sources close to the scheme. Initial reports(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the four Independent Ministers are expected to say to him that talk of an early election in Fine Gael is damaging the stability of the Government. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent Alliance Ministers will urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to tone down talk of an early election in Fine Gael when they meet him to discuss the (...)

Dr Bassam Naser. Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to 16 months’ imprisonment, describing him as an intelligent man who knew what he was doing.    Photograph: Alan Betson

The residents of Howth and Sutton are renowned for many things, but campaigning on behalf of convicts is not one of them. However, such is the level (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said anyone who breaks the law ‘should be willing to do the time’ in jail.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted his proposal for a general election to be held in the summer of 2020 was a “serious” one, and said he was not “cha(...)

Dr Bassam Naser, of Howth Road, Sutton, Dublin 13, who was jailed for failing to pay €100,000 in tax. File photograph: Alan Betson

An Independent Minister is lobbying Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan for the release of a GP who was recently jailed for failing to pay €100,000 (...)

Palestinian farmer Muna al-Taneeb with Irish Senator Frances Black outside Leinster House  for a vote on the occupied territories Bill. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/AP Images for Avaaz

The Government is likely to “do everything in its power” to block a Bill that would ban imports from Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian terri(...)

  Finian McGrath stressed the importance of enacting the legislation before the summer recess so the service can be in place for carers in September. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An extra 14,000 people will be entitled to a GP visit card as a result of an expansion of existing schemes to those in receipt of carer’s payments. (...)

Senator Frances Black called the settlements ‘a gross violation of international law’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A Bill prohibiting the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in the Palestinian territories looks set to pass in the Seanad on Wednesda(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: when the Bill was last tabled, he summoned the Irish Ambassador to Israel to hear his objections. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty

A Bill which would prohibit imports from Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories will be opposed by the Government this week, but campaigne(...)

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