Minister Harris Must Go As Scally Report offers A Damning Indictment Of HSE Failures – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to immediately set out a pathway toward the abolition of the HSE after a litany of failures in its governance structures were identified by the Scally Report into the Cervical Cancer Screening controversy. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Scally Report found […]

Council Could Consider Alleviating LPT With €11 Million Parking Fees And Charges Revenue – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Tipperary County Council to clarify if it is possible to redistribute some of the revenue income it generates from Parking Fines and Charges in order to offset any refusal or reductions it may have to make toward the funding of local projects. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Tipperary […]

Contributors To Citizens Assembly Expose A Fatal Lack Of Fairness – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described a decision by the Chairperson of the Citizens Assembly, Justice Mary Laffoy, to allow presentations from two explicitly pro-abortion organisations as deeply misguided and regrettable. Deputy McGrath was speaking as the Assembly prepares to hear contributions from spokespersons representing The Guttmacher Institute as well as BPAS, the British Pregnancy […]

Tusla To Remove 40 Year Age Gap Rule For Foster Parents – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to remove any reference to a controversial 40 year age gap requirement between potential foster parents and any child they wish to receive into their care. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone confirmed […]

Minister Confirms New Mobility Allowance Scheme Nowhere Complete – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath to immediately escalate government efforts to introduce a revised version of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Schemes. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister confirmed to him in correspondence that despite the closure of the Schemes three […]

My Negotiations With Largest Parties Will Continue Today – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has confirmed that he has met with the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin ahead of the resumption of the Dáil tomorrow. Deputy McGrath went on to say that he is in the process of finalising a similar meeting for today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “My discussions with Micheal Martin were […]

Genocide Of Christians Is Directly Escalating Migrant Crisis

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to accept a motion he is to be place before the Dáil. The motion will call on the Government to recognise that the atrocities committed against Christians and other groups targeted specifically for religious reasons in Iraq and Syria should […]

TUSLA Are Abandoning Foster Children To Homelessness

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has joined with The Irish Network of Foster Carers (INFC) to express his concern around the decision by the Child and Family Agency TUSLA to proceed with a new child after care policy which will, according to INFC, increase the displacement of vulnerable young adults into homeless services.  Deputy McGrath was […]

Proposed ESB Bills Hike Must Be Rejected

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) to immediately withdraw its proposal to sanction an extra €1.8bn in spending increases for ESB and Eirgrid between 2016 and 2020. Deputy McGrath made his comments as fears are growing that if the proposal goes ahead it could add up to 5% […]