Mattie McGrath

Climate Action Bill ‘blatantly attacks fabric of rural Ireland’

Climate Action Bill ‘blatantly attacks fabric of rural Ireland’

A group of TDs has claimed that the Climate Action Bill, which is set to be passed by the Dáil...

June 15, 2021

Beef regulator motion ‘a real chance’ for politicians to support farmers

Beef regulator motion ‘a real chance’ for politicians to support farmers

A private members motion being tabled this week on establishing an independent regulator for the beef sector is “a real...

May 25, 2021

Rural TDs to bring Dáil motion on rural investment

Rural TDs to bring Dáil motion on rural investment

The Rural Independents group of TDs will bring a private members motion in the Dáil, today (Thursday, April 1) seeking...

April 1, 2021

Rural TDs call for government intervention on bank closures

Rural TDs call for government intervention on bank closures

The government is being called on to stem bank closures in rural Ireland, following the announcement yesterday (Monday, March 1)...

March 2, 2021

‘Government’s chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation’

‘Government’s chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation’

The government’s “messy and chaotic approach will cause widespread isolation” over the Christmas period, according to the Rural Independent Group....

December 23, 2020

Fear of vulture funds ‘is making people ill’ – Mattie McGrath

Fear of vulture funds ‘is making people ill’ – Mattie McGrath

The fear of vulture funds is making people ill, according to independent TD Mattie McGrath. Speaking to AgriLand, the deputy said...

November 26, 2020

Rural TDs call for independent economic assessment of greyhound industry

Rural TDs call for independent economic assessment of greyhound industry

Rather than to “close the sector down, we must focus [on] providing a more effective and efficient sector” according to...

November 24, 2020

Cost of road tax on a quad bike is ‘scandalous’ – Fitzmaurice

Cost of road tax on a quad bike is ‘scandalous’ – Fitzmaurice

The cost of road tax on a quad bike is “scandalous” especially for the farming community, according to independent TD...

November 23, 2020

Local media sector ‘facing collapse’ – Rural Independents

Local media sector ‘facing collapse’ – Rural Independents

The Rural Independent Group of TDs has warned that the local media sector in Ireland “is facing collapse” in the...

November 13, 2020

Rural group urges government to address cancer service backlog

Rural group urges government to address cancer service backlog

The government has been called on by the Rural Independent Group to urgently address the backlog of waiting lists for...

November 12, 2020

Rural Independent Group: Third-level students ‘abandoned by government’

Rural Independent Group: Third-level students ‘abandoned by government’

Third-level students have been “abandoned” by the government, according to the Rural Independent Group of TDs. The group feels that...

October 31, 2020

Hare coursing: Licences that were issued ‘should be revalidated from today’

Hare coursing: Licences that were issued ‘should be revalidated from today’

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has asked for hare coursing licences that were granted before Level 5 to be revalidated from...

October 22, 2020

‘NPHET must be held to account for extreme recommendations’ – McGrath

‘NPHET must be held to account for extreme recommendations’ – McGrath

A member of the Rural Independents group of TDs has heavily criticised the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) for...

October 5, 2020

‘We cannot sort out housing crisis if we have no timber to make roofs’ – McGrath

‘We cannot sort out housing crisis if we have no timber to make roofs’ – McGrath

“We cannot build and sort out our housing crisis in any way if we have not the timber to make...

October 1, 2020

Rural independent TDs call for enhancement of Forestry appeals bill

Rural independent TDs call for enhancement of Forestry appeals bill

The Rural Independent Group of TDs have re-iterated their call on the government to accept amendments to the Agriculture Appeals...

September 29, 2020

‘The farmers get no sick pay’ – McGrath calls on new minister to ‘rescue’ the industry

‘The farmers get no sick pay’ – McGrath calls on new minister to ‘rescue’ the industry

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, to “try and rescue the situation...

September 2, 2020

Rural independents oppose ‘draconian’ new Covid-19 bill

Rural independents oppose ‘draconian’ new Covid-19 bill

The Rural Independent Group has criticised the government for “trying to rush through” sweeping new Covid-19 enforcement powers for An...

September 2, 2020

‘To treat nightclubs in Dublin the same as country pubs is beyond farcical’ – McGrath

‘To treat nightclubs in Dublin the same as country pubs is beyond farcical’ – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the government to “learn to differentiate between pubs and nightclubs and city and...

August 28, 2020