Friday 20 July 2018

Independent Alliance consider cancelling annual conference amid fallout over junior ministry row

Independent Alliance members Sean Canney, Finian McGrath, Shane Ross, John Halligan and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Independent Alliance members Sean Canney, Finian McGrath, Shane Ross, John Halligan and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

THE Independent Alliance is meeting this afternoon to discuss cancelling their annual conference which is due to take place this weekend.

The group is meeting to decide whether to reschedule the event amidst the on-going fallout from the internal row over a junior ministerial post.

The Alliance was due to hold its annual conference in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on Saturday.

However, one source said they are now considering cancelling the event because the internal row would “overshadow” the conference.

Another Independent Alliance source said several councillors aligned to the group said they would not be able to attend this weekend.

Another Alliance source said the meeting was not called to specifically discuss the conference.

Last week, it was decided that Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran would remain Minister of State with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works.

The move infuriated Galway East TD Sean Canney who believed the ministry should be rotated back to him after Mr Moran completed a year in office.

Mr Canney was appointed to he position when the Government was formed and severed as minister for a year and one month.

He then passed the portfolio to Mr Moran, who believed he would hold the ministry until the Dail term ended.

Mr Moran was backed to hold on to the ministry at an Independent Alliance meeting last week.

Since then, Mr Canney has not been clear on whether he intends to remain with the political grouping which supports the Government.

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