Why Have Timber And Wood Imports Surpassed €1 Billion In Under 3 Years – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, to clarify why Ireland has had to import over 1 million 840 thousand tonnes of timber and crude wood materials since 2015. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a Parliamentary Question addressed to the Department of Taoiseach revealed […]

Quarter Of A Million Child Abuse Referrals Since 2011 – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the numbers of children being referred to child protection services for abuse as horrific and deeply disturbing. Deputy McGrath was speaking after information he obtained through a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, revealed over 248 thousand referrals across all categories of abuse, including physical and […]

New Restrictions On Farm Tractors Are Grossly Unfair And Out Of Touch – Mattie McGrath18-

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the farming community has been left stunned by the decision of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to implement new measures regulating the NCT rules for farm tractors. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed that the RSA will now force tractors with a capacity greater or equal to […]

Boundary Changes Must Not Target Urban Growth At Rural Expense – Rural Independent Group

Members of the Oireachtas Rural Independent Group are set to call on the government to ensure that any proposed changes to county boundaries do not adversely affect the possibility of future rural regeneration. The members were speaking ahead of a Dáil debate on the Group’s private members motion on the issue. The Motion is also […]

Tipperary Communities Reap Rewards In Tidy Towns Competition – ,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has extended his sincere congratulations to all those who participated in the 2017 Tidy Town competition. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Birdhill, County Tipperary was declared the overall winner of the annual competition:  “The Tidy Town competition is one of the truly great examples of community spirit in this Country. For […]

Group Water Scheme Funding Does Not Make Up For €50 Million Cuts – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that funding for the 2017 grant allocations to local authorities for group water and group sewerage schemes is a drop in the ocean in comparison to the cuts imposed on the schemes over the last number of years. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local […]

Lonergan Welcomes Further Speed Calming Measures In Ballyporeen

Independent Local County Councillor, Martin Lonergan has welcomed confirmation from Clonmel Borough District that further speed safety works are to be commenced on Main Street, Ballyporeen. Commenting on the news Cllr. Lonergan said, “Following a lot of concerns which were raised with both Deputy Mattie McGrath and I, I am pleased to confirm that works […]

Post Office Network Being Left To Wither And Die On The Vine – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State for Economic Development, Michael Ring, to definitively commit to a government position on the preservation of the Post Office Network. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it emerged that Tipperary Postmasters are seeking to introduce Current Accounts for members as a means to preserve and […]

Providers Say Government’s New Child Care Scheme An Unworkable Shambles – ,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, to immediately engage her department with those child care providers who have identified significant blocks in implementing the new Affordable Child Care Scheme. Deputy McGrath was speaking after being contacted by deeply concerned parents who had just found out that their Tusla […]

Tipperary Witnesses Third Highest Commercial Vacancy Rate Increase In Country – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described as extremely alarming the latest statistics which show that the level of vacant commercial properties in County Tipperary now stands at 14.5%, up from 12.7% in 2016. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the figures release by GeoDirectory and DKM Economic Consultants also show that Clonmel now has a commercial […]

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