Changes To Hen Harrier Payment Scheme Has Betrayed Good Faith Of Farmers – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to immediately re-engage with farmers following dramatic changes to the payment model originally proposed by his Department with respect to the preservation of Hen Harrier Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Deputy McGrath was speaking after the group, Irish Farmers with Designated Land (IFDL) […]

Cost Saving Changes To Fair Deal Scheme Must Have All Party Support – Rural Independent Group

Members of the Oireachtas Rural Independent Group have welcomed the announcement of significant cost saving measures to be introduced as part of a revised Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal Scheme). Speaking on its behalf, Independent TD Mattie McGrath said that the measures are a reflection of the unanimous support that the Rural Independent Group […]

Tipp Co. Council To Receive No New Roads Funding Under Improvement Scheme – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, Joe MacGrath, to explain why the Authority, along with only three others in the State will receive no additional roads funding under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) for non-public rural roads in 2017. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for […]

Labour Party And Left Shamefully Abandon Dail Debate On Rural Crime – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Labour Party, Independents 4 Change and People Before Profit to explain why not a single member from either the Party or Groups contributed to a two hour Dáil debate on Rural Crime. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a Fianna Fail Private Members Motion called for greater recognition […]

HSE Nursing Rule Makes Prisoners Of Parents In Own Home – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to immediately review an excessively restrictive provision in HSE Homecare Day Hours support system that has been described by Jack & Jill CEO Hugo Jellett as one that makes “virtual prisoners of parents in their own home.” Deputy McGrath was speaking at […]

Tipperary Carers Provide A Quarter Of A Million Hours Of Care Per Week – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his profound admiration for the Carers of Tipperary after it was found that they provide a staggering 256,120 hours of care per week. This breaks down to an average of 42.1 hours per carer per week: “These statistics which have been provided by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) only […]

Reversal Of Tractor Regulations Welcome – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has strongly welcomed the decision by the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to revoke the implementation of new regulations that would have seriously restricted the ability of farmers to use tractors with a maximum design speed of up to and including 40km/hr. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister Ross personally confirmed […]

Three Weeks To Voter Registration Deadline – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has encouraged all eligible residents in County Tipperary to ensure that they are listed on the Draft Register of Electors. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of the deadline for inclusion on the Register which will be reached on Saturday November 25th 2017: “It is vitally important for everyone to take a few minutes […]

Tipperary Parking Fines/Charges Increased By Almost €1.5m – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Tipperary County Council to clarify the reasons why its income from Parking Fines and Charges increased from €1.6 million in 2014 to over €3.137 million in 2017. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was found that the total income for the county from Parking Fines and Charges was […]

Tracker Mortgage Investigation Must Include Options For Criminal Sanctions – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that banks involved in the manipulation of tracker mortgage applications have clearly engaged in predatory and ruthless behaviour. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he raised the issue during Leaders Questions in the Dáil: “I believe it is absolutely vital that we fully expose this latest example of reprehensible behaviour […]

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