Labour Party And Left Shamefully Abandon Dail Debate On Rural Crime – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Labour Party, Independents 4 Change and People Before Profit to explain why not a single member from either the Party or Groups contributed to a two hour Dáil debate on Rural Crime. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a Fianna Fail Private Members Motion called for greater recognition […]

Fianna Fail Threats To Silence Smaller Dáil Groups Is Obvious Power Grab – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the leader of Fianna Fail, Michael Martin, of trying to reintroduce the parliamentary dominance of the two main political parties. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Mr Martin confirmed that he has sought support from incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to severely limit the speaking times of smaller groups like the […]

IFA Urges Positive Outcome Of Hedge-Cutting Bill

Ahead of a Seanad debate on the Heritage Bill 2016 today, IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has said the measures proposed in the Bill, to provide for an extension of hedge cutting and gorse burning dates on a pilot basis, are balanced and will facilitate better land management.   Thomas Cooney encouraged all Senators to […]

Protection Of Lobbyists, Not Women’s Health At The Heart Of Howlin’s Bill – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has sharply criticised a Private Members Bill that is due to be debated in the Dáil. The Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill 2016, being brought forward by Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, aims to regulate so called ‘rogue’ crisis pregnancy advice clinics: “No one disagrees with the principle that […]

Christmas Vintage Craft & Food Fair At The Anner Hotel

Thurles Arts & Craft Group are organising a Christmas Vintage, Craft & Food Fair on November 13th from noon – 6pm in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. On the day, the Craft, Vintage and Food will be located in the Ballroom, Children’s Craft workshops (€5 for each craft) will be held in the Conference Centre and […]

Dáil Must Be Recalled To Debate Apple Tax Ruling – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to immediately recall the Dáil from its summer recess in order to debate the European Commission ruling on Apple’s tax liability to the Irish State. Deputy McGrath was speaking as the issue looks set to create a severe crisis within the political establishment following the […]

USI and Mental Health Reform to protest ouside Dáil against the diversion of €12 Million in the Mental Health Budget

The Union of Students in Ireland and Mental Health Reform will be joining outside the Dáil (Kildare St. Entrance) tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th at 12.30pm to protest against the mental health budget diversion of €12 million and to ensure mental health is a priority for the next government. According to a HRB report, 1 in 7 […]

Anger at Dáil failure to respect voter’s wishes

Cllr. Séamie Morris of Sinn Féin has spoken of his anger at the undemocratic way that the Dáil failed to respect and act on the majority of voters concerns on Thursday 10th. The majority of TDs in the current Dáil have stated they are opposed to water taxes. Cllr Morris said: “Sinn Féin sought to […]

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 […]

Promises Of Dáil Reform Must Be More Than Strategic Games – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to guarantee permanent and meaningful reforms to the operation of Dáil business ahead of any government formation. Deputy McGrath was speaking as both major parties seek to persuade Independent TD’s that they will deliver a radical programme of such reforms in return […]

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