By Virginia O’Dowd
I am calling on the voters of Tipperary to support Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, in this Friday’s election by giving him their Number 1 preference.
Alan Kelly has delivered for Tipperary, and not just for Nenagh. He has brought much-needed jobs to Nenagh (First Data, Pipeliner, Silvermines hydro-electric storage will bring around 800 jobs); to Thurles, Cashel and Roscrea. All told, Tipperary is over 1,200 jobs better off than it was not just five years ago, but 20 years ago. Never has so much investment being brought to the county. This will have spinoffs for our shops, schools and construction industry.
Minister Kelly also worked hard to get improvements to many of our primary and secondary schools, in some case, communities are getting new schools. Education is key to improving everybody’s chances in life and is a tenet of Labour policy.
He has brought over €4m in investment to Nenagh Hospital, and has worked to build a new HSE-funded nursing home in Nenagh and Cashel while also guaranteeing that Dean Maxwell in Roscrea is secure.
In housing he brought in retro-fit for many old houses, making them cheaper and more efficient to heat. He has announced billions for house building. The construction industry – private and public – collapsed under the FF Government. Houses can’t be built overnight, but a start has been made by providing the funding.
The Labour Party became part of the Coalition Government five years ago when the country was broke and our reputation sullied by Fianna Fail over a long number of years. Its first task was to restore the country’s good name, which it did at European and global levels. Alan was chosen as Junior Minister for Transport and delivered incredible changes in our public transport system.
Give Alan Kelly the chance to keep Tipperary at the top table by giving him your Number 1.
McGrath calls on political parties to form grand coalition
“The time has come to consider forming a National Government,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that strong consideration must be given to the idea of forming a National Government in order to avoid destabilising level of political impasse. Deputy McGrath went on to say that such arrangement could utilise the d’Hondt method as a fair means of allocating positions and seats within such a government :
“Given that we are in such unchartered territory and given the absolute necessity of ensuring we have some kind of political stability for our people, then I believe all options should be considered with respect to government formation.
The single most important objective here is that we create conditions where the needs of the people can be met.
It is time to set aside narrow political interests and to put the needs of the people first.
If that involves all parties and groupings in the Dáil compromising in order to agree a common government platform, the maybe that is something we ought to consider.
This election has sent the political class a clear message from the people; they want delivery, they want results.
We all should be courageous and imaginative enough to consider any option which will bring that about including that of a National Government,” concluded Deputy McGrath.
Lowry Welcomes Funding for Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations
I welcome the announcement from the Department of Agriculture today that six Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations will benefit from €86,000 between them.
Applications for 2020 funding will be open soon. All applicants must be registered with the Charities Regulator.
Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue, Mullinahone – €6,000
Great Hounds in Needs, 7 Cois Coille, Kilcash, Clonmel – €2,000
Mo Chara Animal Rescue, Ballygemmane, Thurles – €14,000
PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone – €45,000
Roscrea SPCA, Roscrea – €18,000
The Haven Rescue, Tipperary, C/o 26 The Haven, Roscrea – €1,000
Funding for Animal Welfare Organisations is vital for them to continue to carry out their work.
The people will no longer tolerate political excuses for lack of delivery – Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has warmly thanked the people of Tipperary for renewing their confidence and trust in him after he was re-elected following Saturday’s General Election. Deputy McGrath, who received 13, 064 votes in the 2016 General Election increased his vote this time around to 15, 127. Speaking after his re-election he went on to say that the outcome of the national vote was a clear and unequivocal rejection by the public of the arrogance and unwillingness of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to effectively respond to the core issues affecting the majority of ordinary people’s lives:
“At the outset I want to salute and warmly thank the great people of Tipperary for renewing their trust in me.
I am truly humbled by their confidence and will do everything in my power to honour the mandate they have given me by representing their interests in Dáil Eireann.
I also want to thank the amazing work of my entire campaign staff; my Campaign Manager and daughter, Triona O’Flynn, my wife Margaret and all my family and friends who have sustained me and supported me and without whom I simply could not do what I do.
They have worked tirelessly, night and day, to canvas the enormous geographical area of Tipperary and to meet the people on my behalf when I could not be there personally.
As we go forward from here, I think it is absolutely clear that politics in Ireland simply has to change.
It must re-engage with the day to day priorities of people’s lives especially around health and housing.
The government, whoever it will be, must listen and act in the people’s interest. It cannot be politics as usual once they have their feet under the Ministerial tables.
We must rid our politics of the kind of elite detachment that came to characterise the outgoing government.
We must escalate change and bring about genuine improvements in the quality of life of our people. The people are sovereign. The last government ignored that basic political reality by pushing ahead with failed policies, massive over-spends and a culture where accountability was almost completely absent.
The people have now enforced accountability upon them in the most democratic way possible.
I look forward to playing an active part in the talks that lie ahead and to advancing the interests of the people of Tipperary,” concluded Deputy McGrath.