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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.

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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.

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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.

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Final Tallies Tipperary General Election 2020




Candidate Party Total % Short of Quota
Michael Lowry IND 13010 18.40% 141
Martin Brown SF 9268 13.11% 3883
Mattie McGrath IND 8012 11.33% 5139
Alan Kelly Lab 7095 10.03% 6056
Jackie Cahill FF 6990 9.88% 6161
Seamus Healy IND 4857 6.87% 8294
Garret Ahern FG 4388 6.21% 8763
Mary Newman Julian FG 4301 6.08% 8850
Joe Hannigan IND 4243 6.00% 8908
Imelda Goldsboro FF 3178 4.49% 9973
Rob O’Donnell GP 2679 3.79% 10472
Sandra Farrell FF 2044 2.89% 11107
Dolores Cahill IND 485 0.69% 12666
Marese Skehan IND 165 0.23% 12986


Candidate Party Cahir %
Mattie McGrath IND 2768 39.86%
Martin Brown SF 953 13.72%
Garret Ahern FG 784 11.29%
Jackie Cahill FF 519 7.47%
Seamus Healy IND 447 6.44%
Mary Newman Julian FG 368 5.30%
Michael Lowry IND 323 4.65%
Rob O’Donnell GP 274 3.95%
Alan Kelly Lab 179 2.58%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 175 2.52%
Dolores Cahill IND 56 0.81%
Sandra Farrell FF 49 0.71%
Joe Hannigan IND 32 0.46%
Marese Skehan IND 17 0.24%


Candidate Party Carrick %
Imelda Goldsboro FF 1898 24.17%
Martin Brown SF 1517 19.31%
Seamus Healy IND 1024 13.04%
Mattie McGrath IND 797 10.15%
Michael Lowry IND 757 9.64%
Garret Ahern FG 648 8.25%
Mary Newman Julian FG 359 4.57%
Jackie Cahill FF 278 3.54%
Rob O’Donnell GP 241 3.07%
Alan Kelly Lab 202 2.57%
Sandra Farrell FF 74 0.94%
Joe Hannigan IND 29 0.37%
Dolores Cahill IND 25 0.32%
Marese Skehan IND 5 0.06%


Candidate Party Cashel %
Michael Lowry IND 2508 21.29%
Mattie McGrath IND 2031 17.24%
Martin Brown SF 1991 16.90%
Mary Newman Julian FG 1557 13.22%
Jackie Cahill FF 1217 10.33%
Garret Ahern FG 629 5.34%
Rob O’Donnell GP 527 4.47%
Seamus Healy IND 497 4.22%
Alan Kelly Lab 398 3.38%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 172 1.46%
Sandra Farrell FF 107 0.91%
Dolores Cahill IND 73 0.62%
Joe Hannigan IND 58 0.49%
Marese Skehan IND 17 0.14%


Candidate Party Clonmel %
Seamus Healy IND 2567 26.60%
Mattie McGrath IND 1775 18.39%
Martin Brown SF 1431 14.83%
Garret Ahern FG 1367 14.17%
Jackie Cahill FF 533 5.52%
Rob O’Donnell GP 419 4.34%
Michael Lowry IND 390 4.04%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 323 3.35%
Alan Kelly Lab 309 3.20%
Mary Newman Julian FG 251 2.60%
Dolores Cahill IND 102 1.06%
Sandra Farrell FF 81 0.84%
Joe Hannigan IND 62 0.64%
Marese Skehan IND 40 0.41%


Candidate Party Nenagh %
Joe Hannigan IND 3039 27.88%
Alan Kelly Lab 2533 23.24%
Michael Lowry IND 1474 13.52%
Martin Brown SF 917 8.41%
Sandra Farrell FF 751 6.89%
Mary Newman Julian FG 691 6.34%
Jackie Cahill FF 671 6.16%
Rob O’Donnell GP 347 3.18%
Garret Ahern FG 169 1.55%
Mattie McGrath IND 102 0.94%
Seamus Healy IND 96 0.88%
Dolores Cahill IND 55 0.50%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 51 0.47%
Marese Skehan IND 4 0.04%


Candidate Party Newport %
Alan Kelly Lab 2312 40.11%
Michael Lowry IND 753 13.06%
Jackie Cahill FF 612 10.62%
Joe Hannigan IND 406 7.04%
Martin Brown SF 375 6.51%
Sandra Farrell FF 356 6.18%
Mary Newman Julian FG 332 5.76%
Rob O’Donnell GP 291 5.05%
Garret Ahern FG 129 2.24%
Mattie McGrath IND 113 1.96%
Seamus Healy IND 49 0.85%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 20 0.35%
Dolores Cahill IND 12 0.21%
Marese Skehan IND 4 0.07%


Candidate Party Roscrea Templemore %
Michael Lowry IND 2863 33.97%
Martin Brown SF 1133 13.44%
Jackie Cahill FF 1094 12.98%
Alan Kelly Lab 702 8.33%
Joe Hannigan IND 551 6.54%
Sandra Farrell FF 512 6.08%
Garret Ahern FG 441 5.23%
Mary Newman Julian FG 335 3.98%
Rob O’Donnell GP 221 2.62%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 197 2.34%
Mattie McGrath IND 163 1.93%
Seamus Healy IND 101 1.20%
Dolores Cahill IND 81 0.96%
Marese Skehan IND 33 0.39%


Candidate Party Thurles %
Michael Lowry IND 3942 41.96%
Jackie Cahill FF 2066 21.99%
Martin Brown SF 951 10.12%
Alan Kelly Lab 460 4.90%
Mary Newman Julian FG 408 4.34%
Rob O’Donnell GP 359 3.82%
Imelda Goldsboro FF 342 3.64%
Mattie McGrath IND 263 2.80%
Garret Ahern FG 221 2.35%
Sandra Farrell FF 114 1.21%
Dolores Cahill IND 81 0.86%
Seamus Healy IND 76 0.81%
Joe Hannigan IND 66 0.70%
Marese Skehan IND 45 0.48%

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