Tipperary set to receive €52,129 in additional Local Youth Club Grants – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, that 2018 will see an increase of 13% in funding for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme in 2018. The increase will bring the allocation to €1.79m and will provide small volunteer-led youth clubs with greater capacity […]

National Tree Week, a small opportunity to make a big difference – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath and Local County Councillor Martin Lonergan have, in a tree planting ceremony, recognised National Tree Week which ran from 4th to the 11th March, 2018. Commenting on the occasion Deputy McGrath said, “The aim of National Tree Week each year is to raise awareness about trees and encourage local communities and […]

Doubling of Fuel Allowance was the only humane option – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision to offer an extra week’s Fuel Allowance to all recipients for this coming week. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty confirmed that 330,000 people will be given €45 instead of the standard payment of €22.50: “I am satisfied that the government […]

Communities urged to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during cold spell – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD for Tipperary, Mattie McGrath has urged communities to ensure that their older and vulnerable neighbours remain safe and well in their home as Met Eireann predicts bitter wind, snow and ice for many parts of Ireland this week. Appealing to communities across the County Deputy McGrath said, “If there is an older or vulnerable person […]

Taoiseach telling families to calm down is an insulting reply to PTSB mortgage crisis – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to provide significantly more robust guarantees for the protection of families that are likely to be affected by the Permanent TSB mortgage crisis. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Taoiseach attempted during Leaders Questions to insist that concerns were being exaggerated around the possible […]

Insurance industry is actively undermining NCT certification process – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, to immediately investigate the growing practice of insurance companies denying cover to vehicles that are over ten years old. Deputy McGrath was speaking after being contacted by a significant number of people who are […]

Prisoner rehabilitation project has potential to have a real impact – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is set to facilitate an Oireachtas briefing on Wednesday 7th February in order to raise awareness and support for a new Horse Care Prisoner Rehabilitation Unit that is planned for Castlerea Prison in 2018 – the first project of its kind in Europe. Deputy McGrath will be joined by the founder of the […]

Confidence in the National Broadband Plan has suffered a potentially fatal hit – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten to facilitate an immediate all party Oireachtas briefing following the withdrawal of eir from the National Broadband Plan (NBP) Procurement Process. Deputy McGrath went on to say that the people and businesses of rural Ireland are at their wits end due to […]

Irish Water’s River Shannon Project will needlessly soak up €1,2 billion,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, to facilitate an immediate all party briefing on the River Shannon to Dublin pipeline project that is being proposed by Irish Water. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Joint Committee on Housing, of which he is a member, […]

Horrific treatment of Tipperary horses must be tackled once and for all – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the recent discovery of a number of emaciated and dead horses in the Knocklofty area of Clonmel as one of the worst instances of animal welfare neglect that he has ever encountered. Deputy McGrath was speaking after visiting the site where the animals were found and after having contacted […]

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