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McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Tributes on Retirement of Member of Staff (Continued)

Ba mhaith liom mo chomhghairdeas a ghabháil ar son na Rural Independents do Patricia. Thirty years or more is a great service, which was done so unassumingly and effectively. No matter what the is...More Button

I was a buachaill dána and I had to leave the House. Patricia was advising the Ceann Comhairle, but she does it always in a very nice way.More Button

Yes, I did. Tharla sé sin lá amháin.More Button

I want especially to thank Patricia for her kindness, courtesy and indeed sound advice at the different committees at which I have worked with her. On behalf of the Rural Independents, I wish Pa...More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

An independent commission was set up to examine boundaries for local electoral areas. The commission reported and we all accepted it apart from the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Governm...More Button

Civil Law (Presumption of Death) Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I am also pleased to be able to speak on the Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2016, which is important legislation. I have just heard about the result from Westminster, which is a sad and bleak pl...More Button

Some of the aspects of this legislation are highly complex and require careful management and scrutiny. As the Law Reform Commission has noted, the need to deal with the return of a missing pers...More Button

The primary purpose of the Bill before us, however, is to deal with the civil law status of missing persons. As the explanatory memorandum makes clear, it puts a statutory framework in place tha...More Button

What is vital here is that we get the balance and that we do not enact legislation that will allow any unreasonable determinations to be made with regard to what has happened to the missing perso...More Button

I look forward to seeing this legislation progress through the House. I offer the Minister my assistance and that of the rest of the Rural Independent Group. Losing a friend, a colleague or even ...More Button

National Children's Hospital: Motion [Private Members]

Hear, hear.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

National Children's Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

He does not know what he is doing and nor does the Government. It is shameful, a farce.More Button

It is terrible.More Button

It is not good enough.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

I am happy to take the opportunity to wind up this evening's debate. Before I do, I thank my colleagues in the Rural Independent Group for agreeing to bring forward this motion and putting so much...More Button

All of us are doing this so that all the children of this island can have access to a hospital that is truly fit for purpose and cherishes all of the children of the nation equally. Where did we...More Button

I heard no willingness on the part of Government to genuinely engage with even the possibility that this might still be the wrong site and the wrong location. Instead the Government appears to h...More Button

There is another falsehood I want to debunk because we believe and have evidence to support our belief along with doctors who agree with us that the hospital can still be built as quickly on a gr...More Button

Colleagues here tonight have raised compelling arguments for the suspension of the project pending an independent investigation. Indeed, I cannot see what can possibly be lost by agreeing to suc...More Button

In light of this, I plead with every Member of the House to support the motion and do the right thing. I ask them to leave aside political loyalties and place their loyalties instead with the fa...More Button

We have analysis done by experts to rebut the Government and Fianna Fáil's amendments. When Brexit disappears, the Government will need somewhere else to hide. There will be no place to hide. ...More Button

Dublin City Council has emphasised time and again that hospitals cannot function without parking spaces. It is just farcical.

  I have a letter from Dr. Jimmy Sheehan. I thank ...More Button

I am nearly finished. The letter continues: More Button

The vote will not take place for ten days. It is a good job that it will not take place tonight as the Government would lose it abysmally. No senior Minister could come into the House, except two...More Button

It is an insult to the democratic process that no Minister has turned up. I ask every Member to consider this during the St. Patrick's Day holidays and talk to the parents of sick children. They ...More Button

Vótáil.More Button

Judicial Appointments

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his role in the appointment of the Master of the High Court.More Button

Election Monitoring Missions

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: further to Parliamentary Question No. 81 of 6 March 2019, if additional concerns (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Arrears Proposals

Asked the Minister for Finance: if banks are required to offer customers in mortgage distress the option of applying for the mortgage to rent scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Regional Enterprise Development Fund Data

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the number of applications made to the regional enterprise development fund; the number of approved grants made under the fund by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Abortion Legislation

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the work of the group established under the chairmanship of the chief medical officer to consider the issues raised by the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution ...More Button

Road Toll Data

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the fees paid to a company (details supplied) for each of the past four years in its role as the enforcement service provider for the M50 barrier-free tolling system.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the revenue collected in each of the past four years and to date by a company (details supplied) acting in the capacity of enforcement service provider for the M50 barrier-free tolling system; and ...More Button

Social Welfare Schemes Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if she will address concerns that those engaged with the services provided by Turas Nua and who are employed in part-time work are being pressured to leave their part-time employment and pursue uns...More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of part-time or casual workers required to attend Turas Nua in each of the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of those who have transitioned to full-time work from part-time or casual work through engaging with the services provided by Turas Nua; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Loan Scheme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of applications made under the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme in County Tipperary; the number that were approved; the overall loan allocation under the scheme on a county basis; and...More Button

Traveller Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the position regarding Traveller accommodation that is lying idle at Cabragh, Thurles, County Tipperary; the expenditure on same under the Traveller-specific accommodation scheme; and if he will ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the regulations for the specific parking on local authority owned property of so-called touring caravans under the Traveller specific accommodation scheme; when the policy and regulations were intr...More Button