John Halligan

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Independent Alliance members Seán Canney, Kevin “Boxer” Moran , Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Independent Alliance has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to swallow their pride and bring the country back (...)

John Halligan: “There was no direction given but just gave us some advice. We are all in agreement that we should not travel.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed he will not pursue a planned trip to North Korea. Mr Halligan met with the Department of Foreign Affai(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘Often the solutions for a school will be found in a local area with the local leaders, the teachers and principals’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan has “fallen from his own high standards” on the issue of workers’ rights, Minister for Education Richard B(...)

Minister of State John Halligan has said he asked a man who applied to be his private secretary if he had children during the interview process.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister of State John Halligan has said he asked a man who applied to be his private secretary if he had children during the interview process. The (...)

 Members of the Independent Alliance Seán Canney, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Shane Ross and John Halligan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said it is time to move on from controversy surrounding a proposed trip by the Independent Alliance to North(...)

John Halligan:   rural colleagues are rightly furious at how he has managed to leave the Independent Alliance open to even more ridicule. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At this stage one wonders why or whether John Halligan wants to be a Minister of State. Apart from making up the numbers, it is not clear what functio(...)

Everyday life in Government has proved difficult at times for the Independent Alliance and the past week, particularly the suggestion of a peace mission to North Korea, damaged and exposed the dividing line in the group. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There have been rows about constituency projects and controversial policy positions, but the past week has done the most damage to the Independent Al(...)

 Minister For Transport Shane Ross:  “It was just an idea.”  Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The mooted peace mission by some members of the Independent Alliance to North Korea has been definitively cancelled by Minister for Transport Shane Ro(...)

Three members of the Independent Alliance will not proceed with their controversial planned trip to North Korea, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has(...)

John Halligan (centre):  the Independent Alliance Minister of State expressed his remorse for the comments, stressing it was a “genuine mistake” and was never meant to cause offence. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister of State John Halligan has insisted he will pay back the €7,500 fine imposed by the Workplace Relations Commission after he asked a civil se(...)

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