More Garda Stations closed in Tipperary than whole of Dublin combined – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he is calling on the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, to outline his plans to substantially increase the number and availability of Gardaí in the Tipperary Division. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed to him in a parliamentary reply that Tipperary has seen the closure of 7 Garda […]

EU Beef Trade Deal an act of financial treachery against Irish agriculture – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the proposed trade agreement between EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Mercosur group of countries (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil) will shatter any faith that the EU has the best interests of Irish farming at heart. Deputy McGrath was speaking after all of the major farming organisations, the […]

Hundreds of Gardaí in administrative work while drug epidemic spirals – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, and the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, to immediately escalate the deployment of hundreds of Gardaí currently assigned to administrative and office duties. Deputy McGrath was speaking as concern around the scale of the drug epidemic in the Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel areas continues […]

Minister’s statement on Thurles Post Office full of contradictions – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the reasons provided by the Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton, as to why he cannot intervene in the decision to move Thurles Post Office from Liberty Square to Thurles Shopping Centre, do not stand up to scrutiny. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed on Tipp FM that […]

Clarity on Nursing Home fees welcome but too late for thousands – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed confirmation that greater transparency on how so called ‘Top-Up’ fees are calculated for Nursing Home residents is set to be introduced. Deputy McGrath was speaking as The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) prepares to launch its guidance on legally binding guidelines for contracts of care in nursing homes: […]

Inexcusable delay by Ambulance Service grounding Community Helicopter – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the National Ambulance Service (NAS) must provide an immediate explanation as to why it has yet to make its recommendation on the commencement of operations for the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance (ICRR). Deputy McGrath was speaking as the ICRR, whose base in Co. Cork, released a […]

Tipperary County Council refuse rates reduction for Tipp Town Businesses – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said there is widespread frustration among business owners and operators in Tipperary Town following confirmation from the Local Authority’s Head of Finance that the Council is not in a position to apply a reduction in chargeable rates. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he requested the application of a reduction in […]

HSE overpricing threatening sustainability of entire Fair Deal Scheme- Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that he has written to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee to investigate why the HSE is charging multiples of the cost of Private Nursing Home care to elderly patients in public and HSE run Nursing Home facilities. Deputy McGrath was speaking after claims have emerged that the HSE is […]

Banks should not need a ‘Culture Board’ to tell them what respect and honesty look like – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that he is deeply sceptical about the capacity of the newly established Irish Banking Culture Board to affect the kind of attitudinal change and reform that is urgently required. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the launch of the IBCB by its inaugural Chairman, Mr Justice John Hedigan:   “The […]

History will not forgive this second betrayal on National Children’s Hospital – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the decision by government and the major political parties including Fianna Fail, Labour and Sinn Fein, not to support a motion calling for an independent investigation into a possible site transfer for the National Children’s Hospital will come to be seen as a tragic and wholly avoidable scandal.   […]

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