19 Independents meet to form a technical group.

Fascinating little scenario developing here. You can only have one technical group (which affords speaking rights) amongst otherwise unaffliated groups and individual TDs in Dail Eireann. So all 19 Independents are meeting this evening to see if they can agree to form one.

It’s thought that as many as 16 or as few as 11 could form a single group. If it was the upper figure it would almost certainly incorporate individuals with some pretty sharply divergent beliefs, that would have to find some clever means to divvying up those speaking rights in a way that satisfied all interests.

It would also mean this group would be the third [fourth actually Mick – Ed] biggest in the 31st Dail, just ahead of Sinn Fein.