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McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Post Office Network

I, too, am very disappointed. I welcome the reappointment of Deputy Canney as a Minister of State and I wish him well in his post. It is, however, an insult that the Minister, Deputy Bruton, is n...More Button

As Deputy Gallagher said, this is a box-ticking exercise. The appeal was a comprehensive one. I salute the committee. After a huge public meeting in Newcastle, the committee substantially tack...More Button

We found out this morning that a local councillor got a letter. The committee itself has got no letter yet stating that its appeal was turned down. This is outrageous. The Minister of State is...More Button

Kilmeaden post office in Waterford got it today as well. The closure was part of a dirty filthy agreement reached between the Irish Postmasters Union, IPU, and An Post. It was just another aspe...More Button

The Minister of State is losing his own constituency and he knows it. Today we know those words were meaningless. The people are not cared about. The so-called agreement included a €50 million...More Button

I will come back in later.More Button

Where is he?More Button

Hiding.More Button

The closed door.More Button

Post Office Network (Continued)

That reply is unbecoming of the Minister of State and he knows, coming from a rural community, that it is balderdash. This is a rotten and stinking deal done by the Irish Postmasters Union, IPU. ...More Button

I have written to the four Fianna Fáil Deputies, including Deputy Michael McGrath, who are renegotiating the confidence and supply agreement. If Fianna Fáil cares about rural Ireland, with the G...More Button

The Minister must act. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must keep these post offices open. If that does not happen they should call an election and go to the country so the people can make a decision ra...More Button

They had no mandate for it.More Button

The Acting Chairman knows all about it from his constituency.More Button

He should be here.More Button

This is a funny way of supporting them.More Button

Closing the door.More Button

Closing its doors.More Button

The Minister of State should stop reading. It is an insult to all our intelligence.More Button

Local Government (Water Pollution) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputy Danny Healy-Rae. I am glad of the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I compliment Deputy Martin Kenny on bringing it forward and on the excellent points he ...More Button

We have to take note of the topography of the land. Deputies Danny Healy-Rae and Scanlon are from different counties, and many Deputies from other counties have also spoken. My own county of Ti...More Button

Effluent discharges, for which a discharge licence must be obtained under the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977, include all trade effluent discharges to any water except in accordance ...More Button

I have asked the EPA to conduct tests 300 yd. south where the sewerage scheme - a large tank - is belching raw sewage into the water but it will not do it. The EPA is in cahoots with the council. ...More Button

I welcome Deputy Martin Kenny's Bill, which seeks to allow people who have the wherewithal in terms of a mortgage and between €10,000 and €30,000 to install a proper treatment plant to build a ho...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if an autism spectrum disorder, ASD, unit will be opened in Clonmel town to accommodate students with ASD; the level of demand expected for places in an ASD unit in the next two years; the number o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if an ASD unit will be opened in Cahir town to accommodate students with ASD; the level of demand expected for places in an ASD unit in the next two years; the number of places in ASD units at prim...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if extra funding will be made available to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary that has received additional accommodation funding for a new classroom but requires a new corridor and off...More Button

State Examinations Commission

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the junior cycle English 2017 Chief Examiner's Report was issued to all management authorities in the second-level school sector; if so, the date the report was issued; the means of communicatio...More Button

Medicinal Products Regulation

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures he is taking to address concerns that diagnoses of foetal anti-convulsant syndrome are still being made due to inadequate levels of public awareness in relation to the use of valproate...More Button

Nursing Home Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of dementia-specific nursing homes in County Tipperary that have the ability to cater for patients with dementia; the number of nursing homes in County Tipperary not in a position to cat...More Button

Abortion Legislation

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide the legal advice he received with respect to the amendments submitted for the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Hospital Equipment

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will address concerns that there is currently a major infrastructural deficit with respect to the availability of ultrasound scanning; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Abortion Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which the €12 million for the provision of abortion services was arrived at; the exact use this funding will be provided for; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Alcohol Treatment Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the funding and support he has made available to tackle foetal alcohol syndrome in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Birth Certificates Administration

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if a person identifying as a male while pregnant and that subsequently gives birth to a child will be recorded as the mother of the child on the birth certificate; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Housing Estates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No. 303 of 10 May 2018, when the preparation and finalisation of a national protocol with regard to taking estates served by developer provided infrastructure in c...More Button