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Trouble at the top! November 22, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

According to the IT:

A row has erupted in the Independent Alliance over Shane Ross’s allocation of sports capital grants, with one member of the group accusing the Minister for Sport of giving “f**k all” to his constituency.
John Halligan, the Minister of State for Skills, tackled Mr Ross on the level of funding given to clubs in his Waterford constituency in last week’s round of grants.

How does the IT know this?

The clash happened at the weekly meeting of the four-member alliance, attended by Mr Ross, Mr Halligan and Ministers of State Finian McGrath and Kevin “Boxer” Moran.

Okay, so four people in the room (the IA is a smaller group than it used to be after Minister of State Sean Canney departed them), plus perhaps some aides, or perhaps not.

Let’s assume this account is correct. It’s more entertaining to do so. Interesting given how famously well Halligan and Ross used to get along to see there might be tensions. But why?

It is the latest spat to erupt in the Alliance and comes just weeks after previous tensions over the budget, when members accused each other of taking credit for policies pursued by their colleagues.
Relations between Mr McGrath and Mr Ross and Mr Halligan were said to have become strained following claims that Mr McGrath, the Minister of State for Disability Issues, claimed credit for medical card changes.

Those pre-election jitters getting to people, I’d think.

Meanwhile check this out:

It is also understood consideration was given to releasing a statement from the Independent Alliance criticising Verona Murphy, Fine Gael’s candidate in the Wexford byelection, who has made controversial comments about asylum seekers, but the group decided against it.

A pity.


1. Eoin - November 23, 2019

It would have meant a lot if they critisized Verona Murphy…

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WorldbyStorm - November 23, 2019

Well at least it would have been a gesture.


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