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 […]

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 […]

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