Mattie McGrath TD offers to support a Fine Gael Government in the next Dáil.
Michael Noonan, chief architect of the cuts has approached him!
In his announcement Mattie McGrath T.D. did not set out any of the issues below as “red line issues” for his support
We must therefore assume that Mattie is prepared to support the following policies to which Fine Gael are committed to implement in the next government:
- Water Charges to be continued.
- Family Home Tax to be continued.
- Exorbitant Interest Rates on Mortgage Holders-Twice the European Average, to be continued.
- Eviction of Tipperary families from their homes by government owned banks to be continued.
- Michael Noonan has recently refused the request of Seamus Healy TD, in a parliamentary question in the Dáil, to stop AIB, Permanent TSB and ESB, in which the Minister holds the huge majority of the shares, seeking the eviction of Tipperary families through the courts.
Mattie McGrath has recently expressed concern that home repossessions by banks are pushing people towards suicide. This is a concern that I share.
In the Dáil, just before the dissolution, I appealed to Minister Michael Noonan to order the banks he owns to withdraw repossession proceedings in light of the extreme housing emergency which exists.
The Minister refused.
This means that the government has given the green light to the banks they own, to continue to evict families including up to 100 Tipperary families who are up for repossession before the County Tipperary circuit courts.
Mattie McGrath should clarify his position to the people of Tipperary urgently.
He cannot continue to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
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.