Report proves an alarming 50% of all economic activity now centred in Dublin – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the latest statistics from the Eurostat Yearbook as deeply alarming for rural Ireland. The statistics from its 2016 Report demonstrate that over 50% of Ireland’s GDP – the total value of everything produced in the country – is generated in Dublin. This is despite the fact that an estimated […]

Despite a new Court of Appeal the judicial backlog is not being reduced – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, to address ongoing concerns around the inability of the Court of Appeal to address its persistently high backlog of civil and criminal cases. Deputy McGrath was speaking after an analysis of the Court Service’s Annual Report for 2016 by Seth Barrett Tilman, […]

HSE Head must go following a vicious and unwarranted attack on parents – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the Head of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, should be fired after an extraordinary intervention which saw him attack parents who have raised concerns about the impact of the Gardasil HPV Vaccine. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Mr O’Brien accused the parents of engaging in what he termed “emotional […]

Council Slammed over plan for Ardfinnan Bridge – McGrath, Lonergan, Molloy

Independent Public Representatives Mattie McGrath TD, Councillors Martin Lonergan and Richie Molloy have slammed Tipperary County Councils decision to proceed and lodge a Planning Application with An Bord Peanala for Ardfinnan Bridge which will include the erection of censored traffic lights and the installation of a footpath on the carriageway of the bridge despite major […]

Rail line closures must be based on partial truths and poor analysis – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for a more complete reassessment of the viability of at least one of the four Iarnród Éireann routes that are being earmarked for closure. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was announced that the Limerick to Ballybrophy, Limerick Junction to Waterford and Gorey to Rosslare routes are in line […]

Dozens of opportunities for Tipperary tourism during this Heritage Week – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has encouraged all those who can to take part in some of the 60 free events that are being organised in the County Tipperary to celebrate National Heritage Week which takes place from the 19th-27th August. Deputy McGrath was speaking as historical, cultural and family days are being planned in towns and […]

Local Authorities seize almost 25 thousand horses in a 9 year period costing millions – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, to consider introducing more effective penalties for those who maltreat, or abandon their horses. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed to him in a Parliamentary reply that his Department had given Local authorities €4.5 million to […]

Upgrade of N24 is top of the agenda for Tipp Delegation to Minister Ross – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is set to lead a cross-party, Local Authority and Borough District Council Deputation from Tipperary to meet with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on Mondaynext, July 24th. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of the meeting which he organised to galvanise support for the upgrading of the N24 to motorway status: “I will […]

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 […]

Record shows not a single meeting of Cabinet Committee on Rural Affairs in five months – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he is completely taken aback by the Taoiseach’s admission that the Cabinet Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs only met for the first time last week since its last official meeting on 12 December 2016. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he questioned the Taoiseach on the number of times […]

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