Tusla response to crèche findings ‘wholly inadequate and shocking’ – Ciara McCormack

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Tiobraid Árann has said that Tusla’s appearance at the Oireachtas Committee today left further questions around accountability for the safety of Children in the early years sector. The Sinn Féin TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Kathleen Funchion was speaking after the Committee meeting which was convened following the recent RTÉ Primetime Investigates programme. […]

Hundreds of Gardaí in administrative work while drug epidemic spirals – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, and the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, to immediately escalate the deployment of hundreds of Gardaí currently assigned to administrative and office duties. Deputy McGrath was speaking as concern around the scale of the drug epidemic in the Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel areas continues […]

Tipperary County Council must justify poor draw down on Roads Grants – Máirín McGrath

Cahir local electoral area candidate, Máirín McGrath has called on the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, to provide a reason as to why the Local Authority has yet to draw down a single euro of the €2.2 million allocated to it under the Roads Restoration/Maintenance Grant for 2019. Máirín was speaking after the information […]

Europe in the palm of your hand: launch of a Citizens’ App

A new mobile application, designed by the European Parliament to help citizens to discover what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do, is now available.   With one eye on the upcoming European elections, the Citizens’ App enables everyone, everywhere to check the EU’s achievements, ongoing work, and future goals as well […]

Some Calculation on Tax Relief Backing Seamus Healy’s Budget Speech

by Paddy Healy on behalf of Seamus Healy TD The Minister says his income tax and USC measures are to “ease the burden on those and low and middle incomes.”  This is a deliberate Falsehood on the part of the Minister Because of the band system for Income Tax and USC, the richer income recipients( […]

Minister confirms Chief Executive of a local authority has no power to change reserved functions to executive functions – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has had it confirmed by the Minister for Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, that the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council has no authority or remit to change the reserved functions of the Council to Executive functions; a move that would potentially override the democratic rights of local councillors. Deputy McGrath was […]

Doubling of Fuel Allowance was the only humane option – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision to offer an extra week’s Fuel Allowance to all recipients for this coming week. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty confirmed that 330,000 people will be given €45 instead of the standard payment of €22.50: “I am satisfied that the government […]

Healy Tells Taoiseach – Hands off our Bus Service – Give Tipperary a Fair Crack of the Whip

Speaking at Leaders Questions in the Dáil on 21st  Feb Deputy Healy said   “All citizens have a right to a satisfactory and good-quality public transport service. It is the duty of the State to ensure that such a service is provided. It cannot and must not be left to market forces.   Members of […]

Insurance sector banking on Government timidity as it continues gouging customers – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has renewed his call for a radical overhaul of the motor insurance sector within the State. Deputy McGrath was speaking after David Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland confirmed that the number of uninsured drivers has increased by 85% in the past five years: “It is absolutely […]

Seamus Healy TD calls for an end to evictions and formal declaration of a housing emergency

Speech on Planning Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 From Official Dáil Record  07/12/2016 Deputy Seamus Healy: In the short time available to me, I will address in the main the residential tenancy aspects of the Bill. The Bill is a pretence. It purports to give protection to tenants when properties in which there are […]

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