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Government can work without a whip, says independent alliance

No free vote during budgets or confidence motions

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

15th April, 2015
Attending the Independent Alliance meeting in Tullamore, Co Offaly yesterday were Michael Fitzmaurice, Finian McGrath, Ann Norton, Shane Ross, John Halligan and Deirdre O'DonovanJames Flynn

Independents want to be able to choose how to vote on legislation, even if they have signed up to support a coalition government.

However, TDs such as Finian McGrath and Shane Ross believe that this freedom would not apply at budgets and during votes of confidence, when government would require support to survive.

Ross told over 65 independent councillors who attended the meeting at the Bridge House Hotel that it was “nonsense” to say that...

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