John Halligan

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 Finian McGrath: he said the government had been talking about ratifying the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities for 15 years, but he and the Independent Alliance had made it happen. Photograph: Getty Images

The Independent Alliance has ended cronyism and brought stability to the country, its members said on Thursday, calling for another two years in offic(...)

Fine Gael Ministers at Cabinet recognised that Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath had a different view to them on the Trump visit, a Cabinet source said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent Alliance ministers stressed their opposition to the policies of US President Donald Trump during a discussion on his impending Irish visit(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on during the annual Irish-US  White House meeting in March. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November has come “a little bit out of the blue”. Mr Trump will visi(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath: ‘Just go away and let the people that want to enjoy the pope, enjoy him’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former President Mary McAleese should “get off the stage” and stop criticising the Catholic Church, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. He claim(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said the majority of Irish people will be happy to see Pope Francis visit Ireland this weekend.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said criticism of the Catholic Church in the lead up to the papal visit to Ireland has been excessive and said he will t(...)

Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross and John Halligan called for an increase to the special VAT rate for hotels. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has called for the special VAT rate for hotels to be increased from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent. Minister for Tourism Shane (...)

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(...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin TD said it was a positive step that civil servants were receiving training in ‘unconscious bias’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Staff across Government departments are receiving “unconscious bias” training, to help them avoid making decisions based on gender, class, race, or ot(...)

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 (...)

IDA’s landholding currently amounts to 4,389 hectares, of which 3,219 hectares is occupied. IDA said the remaining 1,170 hectares is being “actively marketed”. Photograph: David Sleator

Attempts to persuade the Government to force IDA Ireland to make some of its vacant land available to help alleviate the housing crisis continue to be(...)

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