Wednesday 26 October 2016

Michael Fitzmaurice quits Independent Alliance weeks after formation of new Government

Published 18/05/2016 | 21:08

Michael Fitzmaurice Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Fitzmaurice Photo: Tom Burke

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

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Mr Fitzmaurice was central to negotiations in the weeks after the election as part of the Shane Ross led Independent Alliance.

However, he did not vote for Enda Kenny during the last Taoiseach vote due to a disagreement with Fine Gael over turf cutting.

Tonight, he released a statement saying he could no longer remain a member of the group while in opposition.

“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,” Mr Fitzmaurice said.

“I feel I would not be able to adequately represent my constituents in Dail Eireann under these restrictions, and that is why I have decided to leave the Independent Alliance,” he added.

He said he will support the Government on votes which he believes will “benefit society at large”.

Mr Fitzmaurice also said he could not be part of government until issues around turf cutting are resolved and “ordinary people are no longer criminalized for exercising their right”.

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