Fitzmaurice quits Alliance
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.