Sunday 24 September 2017

Fitzmaurice quits Alliance

Michael Fitzmaurice disagreed with Fine Gael on the issue of turf-cutting Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Michael Fitzmaurice disagreed with Fine Gael on the issue of turf-cutting Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Michael Fitzmaurice has quit the Independent Alliance weeks after the formation of the Government.

The Roscommon-Leitrim TD was central in government formation talks but did not vote for Enda Kenny during the last Taoiseach vote due to a disagreement with Fine Gael over turf-cutting.

Last night, he said he could no longer remain in the group. "As a member of the grouping, being the only member in Opposition, I would not be allowed to have leaders questions or priority questions and access to speaking time would be very limited," he said.

Irish Independent

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