National Planning Framework is ‘Dublin- Centric’ and lacks ambition for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the draft National Planning Framework developed by Government as “Dublin-centric and lacking ambition for rural Ireland.”   Thomas Cooney said, “The Government’s aspiration to develop a planning framework out to 2040 in a balanced and coherent way fails rural Ireland, particularly in the addressing following four areas: the decline […]

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 […]

Increased Tax On Motor Fuel Would Damage Ireland – IPIA

The companies who import and distribute petrol and diesel have written to the Minister for Finance urging him resist attempts to increase excise on motor fuels as this would damage our competitiveness and hit rural Ireland particularly hard. The Department of Finance Tax Strategy Group has pointed out that excise rates on petrol and diesel […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expected Retirement Of 157 GP’s Will Hit Rural Ireland Hardest – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the latest information related to the number of GP’s who are expected to retire as deeply concerning. Deputy McGrath was speaking after information provided to him by the HSE following a Parliamentary Question stated that 157 GP’s will no longer practice within the public health system by 2021: “The […]

Future of Post Office debate descended into political farce – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described an emergency Dáil debate on the future of the rural Post Office Network as utterly shambolic and shameful. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he and three other Dáil deputies submitted the matter for Topical Issue debate yesterday: “Given the gravity of the threat and indeed the potential fallout for […]

Rural Independent’s Dáil Motion On Road Funding Set To Receive Wide Support – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said there must be an urgent and sustained focus on the upgrading, safety improvement and maintenance of national, regional and secondary roads. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Dáil debate on a Private Members Motion on roads and roads’ funding that is being initiated by the Rural Independent Group […]

Rural Ireland needs more than Reports and speeches every few years – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has cautiously welcomed the publication of a new Government Action Plan for Rural Ireland. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of the launch of the ‘Realising our Rural Potential’ Report and by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphrey’s later today: “From what I have seen it looks […]

Rural Ireland must not become a carcass for US Vulture Funds

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his deep concern at reports that US based Cerberus Capital Management is set to ramp up repossessions of several hundred farms in rural Ireland. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Irish Independent Farming Section broke the news that that as many as 200 farmers may be affected since the […]

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