Lack of Garda resources likely to encourage lethal gang related violence – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that drug gangs and those involved in perpetrating horrific levels of violence will continue their campaign of terror until the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is fully equipped and resourced to pro-actively respond to the crime crisis. Deputy McGrath was speaking after The Garda Representative Association claimed that the […]

Government U-Turn on RIC Commemoration a victory against appalling political arrogance – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision of the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, to defer the proposed state commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister Flanagan was forced into the humiliating political climbdown following significant national outrage at the planned event: “This is a victory against the […]

If Minister Harris had an ounce of accountability, he would resign over trolley fiasco – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, should immediately resign from his position after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said that the number of patients on trolleys has reached a ten year high this morning. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the INMO confirmed that 760 patients were […]

RIC Commemoration betrays the depths of Fine Gael’s identity crisis – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the proposed State commemoration for members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) who were killed during the War of Independence as a significant act of cultural and historical insensitivity. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Mayors of Clare, Galway City and the Lord Mayor […]

Not a single new Garda Graduate to be allocated to Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the decision of the Garda Commissioner not to allocate a single Probationer Garda to either Clonmel or Carrick-on-Suir as almost beyond comprehension given the scale of the garda deficit within the towns. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he raised the matter with the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, in the Dáil […]

Minister Creed must withdraw his inference that ‘death threats’ are acceptable to me – Mattie McGrath TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said it was totally inappropriate for the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to imply that he found the alleged use of death threats by some of those who were involved in the meat processor protests as an acceptable course of action. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he questioned the Minister […]

South Tipp General among top five hospitals worst affected by trolley crisis – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that he fears for the well-being of staff and the lives of vulnerable patients following confirmation from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) that South Tipperary General Hospital has experienced the fourth highest national level of patients waiting on trolleys in 2019. Deputy McGrath was speaking after an […]

Rejection of rural-friendly amendments highlights Dublin-centric mindset – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has criticised the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, for refusing to accept a number of amendments to the Finance Bill, 2019, that were aimed at introducing alleviating measures for rural dwellers and farm contractors. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a lengthy debate in the Oireachtas Finance Committee which saw the Minister […]

Tipperary Conradh na Gaeilge seeks TD support for plan

Conradh na Gaeilge members from Tipperary met with Mattie McGrath TD in Dublin to ask for support for an Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan which could create 2,000 new jobs. A ten-hour clinic at Buswells Hotel saw Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Leas-Ardrúnaí Chonradh na Gaeilge, meet with Deputy McGrath to voice concerns around Irish language […]

Minister Creed must support Independent farmer representation at beef talks – Mattie McGrath TD, Carol Nolan TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath and Independent Offaly TD, Carol Nolan, have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to facilitate the inclusion of Independent Farmer representatives in any future talks on the beef crisis. The call by the TD’s comes after it emerged that three independent farmer representatives were denied access to discussions aimed […]

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