New Failte Ireland Guidelines are Bizarre- McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has sharply criticised the new and updated guidelines issued by Fáilte Ireland for restaurants describing them as bizarre and a step too far. The new guidelines suggest that no more than six people are allowed at a table in restaurants and cafés and that a record must be kept of what […]

Publicans must be given the opportunity to prove themselves- McGrath

Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Government to proceed with the re-opening of pubs despite NPHET’s recommendations to keep the pubs closed for a further period of time. Deputy McGrath has said that publicans who have spent large amounts of money on installing safety measures in their pubs can not be penalised again […]

Government confirms no plans to introduce National School Uniform Policy- McGrath

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath, the government has confirmed that they have no plans to introduce a national policy in relation to the wearing of school uniforms and that it is a matter for individual schools. Deputy McGrath had questioned the Minister for Education after concerns were raised with […]

Enterprise Support Grant for non rate payers welcome- McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the announcement of an Enterprise Support Grant which is to be made available to Small Business Owners and the Self Employed who do not pay commercial rates. Deputy McGrath who had repeatedly raised the lack of supports for businesses who are not liable for commercial rates but who have […]

Thousands of small businesses locked out of Covid 19 Grant Scheme- McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys to reconsider the Governments Covid 19 Restart Grant for small businesses which was announced on Friday. A new €250m grant scheme to help small firms reopen as restrictions are lifted was announced by the Government on Friday 15th May. […]

Drivers in Rural Ireland must not be left behind- McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Transport to reconsider his plans in relation to driving tests and says that something will have to be done to accommodate drivers in rural Ireland who are awaiting tests. In the Dáil this week, Minister Shane Ross confirmed that Driving Tests and NCT’s are not […]

Covid-19 has added urgency to the idea of forming a National Government – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has repeated his call for the formation of a National Government. Deputy McGrath had originally called for this on 12 February after it became clear that the country was facing into a prolonged and possibly destabilising period of negotiations: “When I made the call in early February, it was because I […]

Mental Health Report shows government has failed and abandoned the most vulnerable – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the findings of the Mental Health Commission’s report on community mental health supports and psychiatric services as a disgrace of almost incomprehensible proportions. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Commission found that there is an almost “total absence” of community mental health services across the State: “Many of us […]

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 […]

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