Deputy Noel Grealish

  • It's a numbers game as the Taoiseach's Cabinet reshuffle moves towards a Dail vote on Tuesday.

    Overnight, the Government got a boost, when Independent TD Noel Grealish confirmed he'd back the Government in key votes - until Brexit is sorted.

     

    The Government's still not out of the woods - with every potential vote being counted.

    Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald says it's 'make your mind up time' for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael - saying the Confidence and Supply arrangement is a 'political con job' which has led to uncertainty at a crucial time for the country; with Brexit, housing and health in the balance.

    Yesterday the Taoiseach confirmed his reshuffle and a new junior ministry was announced for Independent TD Sean Canney, in a move to shore up the Government, and bring their number of Dail votes to just 2 shy of the vital 57.

    Then last night, Independent Noel Grealish confirmed he'd back the Government in key votes until Brexit is sorted - giving Michael Lowry a deciding vote to give the Government a majority - and making the prospect of an election before Christmas, less likely.

     

     

  • Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish, who's captain of the Oireachtas Golf Society, says he will not resign over his role in organising last week's event in Connemara, which led to the resignation of Mayo's Dara Calleary as Agriculture Minister.

    However, Deputy Grealish admitted the dinner not should have gone ahead in the Station House Hotel in Clifden.

    He said the decision to go ahead with the dinner was taken by the golf society president Donie Cassidy, based on advice received from the Irish Hotels Federation.

    While he does not intend to resign over the issue, Deputy Grealish said he will co-operate fully with the Garda enquiry taking place into the incident.

    The Galway West TD has also denied that a pre-dinner drinks reception took place at another hotel in Clifden before the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner last week.

    Deputy Grealish admitted that people are extremely upset by last week's event, as a lot of people have paid a very heavy price with coronavirus, and feel let down by everyone who attended the Clifden function.

    He says they should have cancelled the dinner and has sincerely apologised for his involvement.

     

  • The Housing Minister faces a motion of no-confidence in the Dáil this evening.

    The Social Democrats moved the motion saying Eoghan Murphy has failed to get to grips with the housing crisis.

    The government will need the support of several independents in order to win the vote with Fianna Fáil abstaining.  The support of Roscommon Independent deputy Denis Naughten and Galway Independent deputy Noel Grealish will be vital, if the motion is to be defeated, and to avoid a general election this side of Christmas.

    Independent TD for Louth Peter Fitzpatrick says he won't be supporting the government in the vote.

    Communications Minister Richard Bruton is confident the motion this evening will fail.

  • The Taoiseach has called on Galway West deputy Noel Grealish to clarify comments he allegedly made about migrants.

    The Independent TD is alleged to have made the derogatory comments about asylum seekers at a meeting in Oughterard on Wednesday night last.

    Deputy Grealish supports the government in most votes in the Dáil.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on him to make a statement about what he said:

    Meanwhile, according to today’s Irish Times , the Department of Justice is in negotiations with the owners of a Connemara hotel to house “less than 250” refugee and asylum seekers there.

    The plans to use the long-closed Connemara Gateway hotel near Oughterard, for this purpose led to 700 people attending Wednesday’s meeting. One of the organisers of the meeting, Patrick Curran, has called for one thousand volunteers to take part in “direct action” to prevent the centre from opening.

    The Department of Justice’s Reception and Integration Agency says the State has a legal obligation to house and feed people claiming rights to international protection while their claim is being examined.

    The department spokesman would not confirm to the Irish Times the location of any new centres but said an evaluation of offers was under way.

     

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    Harassment, threats and physical violence are often the result when a public figure negatively comments on immigrants.

    That's according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland, which says yesterday's claims by Galway West  TD Noel Grealish in the Dáil were "shameful."

    The Galway deputy drew criticism from TDS across the House after presenting figures showing large amount of money are sent from Ireland to Nigeria in personal remittances each year and questioned if some of the transactions were the proceeds of crime.

    Teresa Buckzkowska from the Immigrant Council says Deputy Grealish's comments are "disappointing"

     

     

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