Briefing: State of independents

A government led by disparate TDs looks more likely than ever – but would a political ‘dolly mixture’ agree on anything?

31st December, 2014
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Independent TDs Thomas Pringle, Noel Grealish, John Halligan, Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy, Finian McGrath, Shane Ross and Maureen O’SullivanPicture: Feargal Ward

Could this group of independent TDs soon be entering negotiations to form part of the next government?

The theory goes something like this – there is a gap in the market because many voters are looking for an alternative to Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil.

Independent TDs and councillors would sign up to a common policy platform and only support a coalition government if they got agreement to implement it in full.

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