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Tipp needs to be Ready for Rugby 2023 – Cllr Moloney

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Cllr Andy Moloney calls on Tipperary County Council to be ready to engage with the County GAA Board and GAA HQ if Ireland wins the bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023.

There had been much debate around the Selection of grounds for the World Cup and the omission of Thurles was leading to considerable debate in the chambers at the December monthly meeting of Tipperary Co Co.

While councillors expressed concerns around the fact that Thurles was losing out as a venue, Moloney had a different opinion. He told the meeting that it was a once in a lifetime chance to see the Big T meaning the Tipperary Brand.
We must row in behind the IRFU and support them in its bid for the World Cup 2023 but when it is announced we must put in place a plan to sell the T brand. Tipperary is the Home of the GAA and we should be hurling balls and kicking footballs morning, noon and night for the 4 weeks of the  World Cup.

We have been talking today of the Lakelands up in North Tipp. We have the Ancient East, the Butler Trail, Blueways and Greenways, Castles and Walks and most of all Tipperary GAA.

Visitors to this island will be moving between venues from week to week and we need to provide their leisure time. Not alone will this be good for Thurles but it will be good for Tipperary from Terryglass to Carrick-on-Suir and we have 6 years notice now to have our house in order.

Members agreed that there was an alternative and that maybe the bigger picture was a better option. After all, only 100 witnessed the Railway Cup semi finals in Semple at the weekend and the suggestion of Thurles as a Training Ground for Rugby was not an option. There are many rugby clubs willing to do their bit but Tipp Co Co should be ready to promote all that’s good in the county.

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McGrath calls on political parties to form grand coalition

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“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

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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

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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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