East Galway TD Sean Canney today informed his Independent Alliance colleagues that he is leaving the group, and wished the Alliance all the best in the future.
The Independent TD said that he will continue to support the government’s budgets.
Tensions arose in the Alliance when the rotating junior ministry stopped rotating, and was given to Kevin Boxer Moran TD for the remainder of the government’s term in office.
Sean Canney said today: “I confirm that I will continue to support the Government on issues of confidence and budgetary matters.
“I have taken time to consider all my options and I thank you all for your patience. I was elected by the people of Galway East as an Independent to represent their interests. Since my election I have done that to the best of my ability.
“I will continue to put the people first, they are my priority.
National issues such as Brexit are a threat to our country. I believe that we will need to work collectively to protect Ireland’s interests.
“Other areas of concern are housing, health services and flooding and the increasing challenges faced by small family farmers and rural dwellers. The Atlantic Economic Corridor is the vehicle by which we will deliver balanced regional development.
“The Programme for Government was developed to ensure that we deliver a better, fairer society for all our citizens. As an Independent TD serving Galway East, I look forward to the task of delivering this programme for the benefit of Galway East and the region.
“I want to thank all who have contacted me over the last number of weeks offering their support. I want again to emphasise that it is business as usual for me as I continue to serve the constituents of Galway East as an Independent TD.”