Shane Ross tables law to allow 'Independent Alliance' on ballot papers

Current laws favour parties over independents, Ross argues

Shane Ross tables law to allow 'Independent Alliance' on ballot papers

Shane Ross, Independent TD, PAC member

A new law has been tabled so that the words 'Independent Alliance' can appear on election ballot papers.

The bill has been tabled by the alliance co-founder Shane Ross, who says the political system puts them at a disadvantage.

Ireland's current laws only allow ballot papers to be either blank, or carry the words 'non-party' - but don't allow the word 'independent'.

He also wants broadcasters to be allowed to carry party political broadcasts from independents, which are not currently allowed:

The Independent Alliance was formed in March of this year and comprises of TDs Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice,Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Tom Fleming; and senators Feargal Quinn and Gerard Craughwell.