Government must give a fair hearing to the Fair Mortgage Bill – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision of the Ceann Comhairle’s office to allow the introduction of private members bill aimed at establishing an off-balance sheet National Housing Co-Operative. The Affordable Housing and Fair Mortgage Bill 2018 will be introduced at First Stage in the Dáil today by Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness. It has […]

EPA’s climate figures highlight urgency of increased climate and renewables action by Government – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector. Thomas Cooney said, “The EPA’s figures published today represent a real call to action. While emissions from agriculture are expected to increase […]

Government defeat is a significant victory for farm families and the self-employed – Rural Independent Group

Members of The Rural Independent Group have expressed their delight after they achieved a successful Dáil vote on the motion they brought forward calling for immediate reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme. The motion, which was carried by 51 votes to 48, represents a highly significant loss for the government and will […]

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 […]

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