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Independents discussing alliance
28 Mar 2015 15:03
A group of five Independent TDs, one Independent Senator and more than 50 Independent councillors have published an agreed set of principles and priorities at a meeting in Tullamore.
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The priorities include the abolition of the party whip, the radical revival of rural Ireland, stripping politicians of the power to make political appointments, protecting the vulnerable and ruling out privatisation of banks without reform.
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At a press conference Independent TD Shane Ross said it was "early days" and decisions had yet to be made.
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He said he would not rule out going into Government with any democratically elected representative, including Sinn Féin, but he added that others may have different views.
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TD John Halligan stressed that they were not forming a party and they would take the views of the 50 councillors who attended today's meeting before deciding on whether or not they would present a manifesto.
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He confirmed they would be announcing a name for the alliance in due course.
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TD Finian McGrath said they had not yet decided if they would seek ministries or support a minority government if they had the numbers to do so.
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The group also said they had not yet decided if they would pool their Independent leaders' allowance.
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