Taoiseach Must Display More Political Courage On Omagh Inquiry Than Enda Kenny – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he hopes that the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will demonstrate more effective political support for the victims and families of the Omagh bomb massacre than his predecessor Enda Kenny. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it emerged that the families of the Omagh victims are set to sue PSNI Chief Constable […]

1,474 Children Taken Into Care In Just Three Years – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, to clarify if sufficient resources and adequately trained staff are available to cope with the hundreds of children being taken into state care each year under Emergency Care Orders. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a reply to Parliamentary Question […]

Government Inaction Resulting In Slow Seath Of Rural GP Practice – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath will today challenge the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to immediately clarify the steps he is taking to address the ongoing crisis in rural GP Practice. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of a Dáil Topical Issue Debate that he requested on foot of a report in today’s Irish Independent that shows […]

Taoiseach Confirms Revised Mobility Transport And Allowance Schemes Far From Ready – Mattie McGrath.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath to immediately prioritise government efforts to introduce a revised version of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Schemes. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, confirmed to him during the Dáil Order of Business yesterday that […]

Ireland Now Second Most Expensive EU Country – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to immediately address the skyrocketing cost of accessing consumer goods and services within the state. Deputy McGrath was speaking after an analysis performed by Eurostat showed that Irish prices for a broad cross-section of consumer goods and services were the second highest in the […]

Fianna Fail Threats To Silence Smaller Dáil Groups Is Obvious Power Grab – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the leader of Fianna Fail, Michael Martin, of trying to reintroduce the parliamentary dominance of the two main political parties. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Mr Martin confirmed that he has sought support from incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to severely limit the speaking times of smaller groups like the […]

9% Increase In HSE Managers While South Tipp Psychology Services Suspended – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that confirmation of the ever expanding number of HSE Managers will lead to significant frustration and anger among parents and service users in County Tipperary. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Irish Independent confirmed that there were 1,445 HSE Managers within the system in 2016 – an 8.9pc increase […]

National Housing Co-Op Bill Has Potential To Radically Resolve Mortgage Crisis – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will be seeking immediate cross party support for a private members bill aimed at establishing an off-balance sheet National Housing Co-Operative whose sole intention will be keeping families in mortgage distress in their homes. The National Housing Co-Op Bill 2017, which has already been submitted to the office […]

If Mobile Phone Coverage Is This Bad, What Hope Is There For Broadband – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten to urgently investigate what measures his Department can take to combat increasingly poor mobile phone coverage. Deputy McGrath was speaking as frustration continues to grow in large parts of rural Ireland where consistent and reliable mobile coverage is practically non-existent: “Many of […]

Electronic Tagging Of Offenders Allowed Since 2007 But Never Brought Into Force – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald to clarify why it has taken 10 years to enforce a provision of the Criminal Justice Act that sanctions the use of electronic tagging. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister replied to his Parliamentary Question regarding the […]

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