United Nations finally agree that ‘incompatible with life’ label is dehumanising – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the decision of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to seek an end to the term ‘incompatible with life’ as a watershed moment for the rights of the unborn child. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the CRPD also made it clear that allowing for […]

Narrow defeat for County Boundary Motion deeply disappointing – Rural Independent Group

Members of the Oireachtas Rural Independent Group have described the narrow defeat of their Dáil motion on the detrimental extension of county boundaries as a lost opportunity to protect rural Ireland. The Motion was ultimately defeated after a Fianna Fail counter amendment was supported by a margin of 66 votes for, to 62 against, with […]

Stamp duty rise increases likelihood that farms will become un-sustainable – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue, to place a moratorium on the introduction of commercial stamp duty rate increases until the impact on agricultural land has been fully assessed. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was announced in the Budget that Stamp Duty is set to rise from […]

Routine waiting time for South Tipp Audiology Services is now 2 years – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the latest waiting list times for routine audiology services in South Tipperary as completely unacceptable and deeply frustrating. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the HSE confirmed to him that there is now a 24 month wait for children and adults seeking to access the audiology services in the Community […]

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 […]

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