Broadband delay is a death knell for rural communities – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has castigated the acting Minister for Communications Alex White for overseeing what he has termed a disastrous stewardship of the roll-out of rural broadband. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed that the State’s National Broadband Plan may not be delivered for at least six years. “Yet again we are […]

Fine Gael resorts to a tiresome tarnishing of Independent TD’s – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has strongly criticised senior Fine Gael sources for engaging in what he has described as a mean spirited attempt to discredit the role of those Independent TD’s who took part in recent Government formation talks. Deputy McGrath was speaking after senior sources within the party and an unnamed senior Fine Gael […]

Dail Debate: Government Knowingly and Deliberately Causing Homelessness-Seamus Healy TD

Dail Record: Seamus Healy TD: The outgoing Government, knowingly and deliberately, created and caused homelessness. I say this because the State owns Allied Irish Banks, Permanent TSB and the Educational Building Society. The Minister and current caretaker Administration are allowing these financial institutions to evict people from their homes. They can stop such evictions by […]

Healy Nominates Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan for post of Ceann Comhairle

Statement by Seamus Healy TD I have to-day nominated Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan for election to the post of Ceann Comhairle of the new Dáil. Deputy O’Sullivan was also nominated by several other independent deputies and members of small parties. I believe that it is important to have a Ceann Comhairle who is not a member of […]

Seanad Election 2016 Crèche, Retirement Home or a Seanad to be proud of ? Let the people decide

by Gerard P Craughwell, Independent Senator As the Seanad Election 2016 approaches, the question has to be asked ‘does party politics serve the people or the party’.  The fallout from the General Election 2016 has resulted in many high profile TDs losing their seats and the challenge for   political parties now is how to enhance the […]

2/1 that we head to the polls again in May 2016

8/15 that it will be after July 2016 BoyleSports has opened up a market on what month will the next Irish General Election take place and it’s after July 2016 that heads the betting at 8/15. May 2016 isn’t an outsider and is currently the second favourite at 2/1 with April 2016 priced at 5/1 […]

Principled Campaign Doubles Green Vote in Tipperary

Tipperary Greens candidate Gearóid Fitzgibbon and the team thank the 1341 citizens of Tipperary who chose to put a No.1 on the ballot paper beside Gearóid and the Greens, and the 10000 plus voters who gave a No.2 or high preference. According to Gearóid “You have doubled our vote as a percentage of votes cast […]

Record-Breaking 83% of Young People expected to Vote in the General Election

New research by Thinkhouse youth communications agency found that a record-breaking 83% of young people are expected to vote in the General Election on Friday. The Union of Students in Ireland has released new research by Smartvote which shows that 76% of 92,000 surveyed Smartvote users think low hour contracts should be abolished; and 70% […]

First no extra Gardaí; now no Court Probate Service for Tipperary – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has extended his unqualified support to the Tipperary Solicitors Bar Association (TSBA) after it raised serious concern about the continued downgrading of court services in the county. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the TSBA confirmed it had been informed by the Court Service of Ireland that the scheduled reopening of the […]

Dáil and Seanad Free Postage Scheme ought to be abolished – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for the abolition of the Dáil, & Seanad Free Postage Scheme known as Litir Um Thoghchan. The Scheme which is operated by An Post is an exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 74 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983: “I am firmly of the […]

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