Government commitment to Post Office Network is about to be tested – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the Rural Independents Group will be using its Private Members time on Wednesday next to table a Motion on the future of the Post Office Network. Deputy McGrath went on to say that the Motion will be an opportunity for Government to definitively commit to the revitalisation and […]

91% of Students concerned about their future and 80% intend to emigrate

The Union of Students in Ireland said the government risks losing a generation at the forefront of tech, medicine and scientific growth if it doesn’t prioritise the future of young people in Ireland. 91% of students are concerned about their future in Ireland and over two thirds of college students are considering emigrating after completing […]

Clúid response to the Housing Action Plan

Following publication of the Governments Housing Action Plan, Simon Brooke, Clúid’s Head of Policy, said this afternoon, “This strategy represents a large step forward.  We particularly welcome: The social housing target of 47,000 new homes by 2021.  As with any plan, particularly one such as this, which involves a large number of stakeholders, the key […]

Farm Scale Renewables Must Form Part Of Government’s Future Energy Strategy – IFA

IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has called for the renewable energy strategy in the new Programme for Government to be built upon, by ensuring farm scale renewable energy projects are supported.   Welcoming Denis Naughten’s appointment as Minister for Natural Resources, James Murphy said, “The new programme for Government provides a real platform […]

Call For Immediate Abolition Of Eviction Courts

The Hub-Ireland, a community organisation working at the coalface of the mortgage-distress problem, is renewing its call for the Government to repeal the controversial Land and Conveyancing Reform Act 2013. Introduced by former Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, it is otherwise known as the ‘Evictions Act’ because it enabled fast-track: possessions of the family homes to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Income Inequality Greatest Challenge to New Government says MEP

Closing the gap between rich and poor in Ireland was the single biggest challenge to the incoming government and this should be the objective of every member of the new Oireachtas.  This was the message from the UNICEF report published today according to Independent MEP Marian Harkin. In a speech in the European Parliament in […]

Remedying our national problems must be the overriding concern – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has restated his belief that addressing the ongoing crises in health, housing and mortgage arrears must trump any other political or party priority in terms of the formation of the next government. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he confirmed that he along with four other Independent TD’s are set to meet […]

The politics of perpetual protest will only lead to paralysis – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has strongly challenged the unwillingness of political parties and groupings within the Dáil to engage in a more pragmatic and constructive manner ahead of the formation of a new government. Deputy McGrath went on to support the proposal of Independent TD Denis Naughten who has advocated for a consensus around the […]

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