Wonderful support offered by people of Tipperary during Government talks – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his gratitude to the many people in County Tipperary who supported him during his recent efforts to secure stable government formation. Deputy McGrath also noted that while he did not in the end vote to support the current arrangement between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and various Independent TD’s, he is satisfied that a substantial proportion of his own concerns will be incorporated into the final written agreement:

“I am acutely aware that I have spent almost all of the last 70 days participating in the Dublin talks and that that has entailed my enforced absence from the constituency.

In light of that I want to thank all those constituents who offered me their support over the last number of weeks as I attempted to keep Tipperary and the needs of the county at the heart of the debates we engaged in.

At all times during the talks I sought to persuade and convince what had been a thoroughly urban/Dublin centred government of the necessity of engaging with and rejuvenating rural Ireland.

To that extent I am delighted that I and my colleagues in the Rural Independents have secured major achievements like a commitment to increase local roads funding by 50% in the lifetime of this government under the The Local Improvement Scheme.

We also secured commitments around early interventions for children with disabilities and efforts to develop targeted supports to reduce childcare costs, hospital waiting list delays and an escalation of rural broadband.

I would encourage everyone who is in interested in the full comprehensive list of outcomes to view these on my web page.

There they will see for themselves the significant and meaningful achievements that have emerged as a direct result of our active participation.

For the last 70 days I have kept Tipperary and the national interest foremost in my mind; something my constituents can be assured I will continue to do over the lifetime of this government,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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