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McGrath, Mattie

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Death of Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

On behalf of the Rural Independents and on my own behalf, I would like to express our sympathies on the deaths of two former parliamentarians of some renown. We offer our sympathies to their famil...More Button

I worked with Paddy Harte in television and on radio and listened to his debates. To the Harte family, his wife Rosaleen, and, of course, the former Senator, Jimmy Harte, with whom I served on t...More Button

Paddy was involved in many projects after he retired. The biggest one of all was the Island of Ireland Peace Park, which was opened by no less than the President of the day, Mary McAleese, Princ...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

I wish to raise the plight of a constituent of mine, whose family are constituents of the Taoiseach's. John White is prohibited from leaving Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, UAE. I have rai...More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

What about Belfast?More Button

She was not even there to contest it.More Button

Where?More Button

Indeed I am, in the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of the acclamation that Deputy Micheál Martin made to the nation in the course of this pre-European Council meeting debate. As the singer Joh...More Button

The Taoiseach is imithe now but almost every time that a meeting of the European Council has taken place in the last year, it has been preceded by one crisis or another. It has been a very rocky...More Button

Mrs. May postponed the vote on the withdrawal agreement in Westminster because she simply could not generate the support required for what almost everyone agrees is a deeply problematic arrangeme...More Button

The British Prime Minister said that she would go back to the EU and seek further clarification on the legal nature of the backstop protocol but before she even landed in Brussels, the door was s...More Button

The EU's approach is giving fuel to those elements of the UK political class who have their faces set against any constructive deal. Closing the door in Mrs. May's face before she had even gotte...More Button

Added to this crisis, the European Council must also deal with the continuing difficulties with Italy and the ongoing rows about budgetary oversight. The Italian people and their leaders are sim...More Button

These issues point to massive levels of disruption up ahead.More Button

We know that if the UK economy is hit, we will suffer badly. As I always say, if England catches a cold, we get the flu. The UK is our nearest trading partner. Many Irish people live there and m...More Button

I could not finish without saying something about the uncaring attitude at EU level towards the persecution of Christians, as well as Muslim and other minorities, in the Middle East. Yemen was m...More Button

The parties have turned a blind eye to this issue in order to be the good boys and girls of Europe and to salute the EU. When it says "Jump", the parties ask "How high?" The Minister of State h...More Button

The media also have a role to play, and I extol them to be more investigative and energetic in talking about these issues and the lack of debate on them in Parliament. Last week, the decks were ...More Button

Most people want rid of Theresa May because of the appalling way that housing, agriculture, children etc. have been neglected.More Button

I am doing so but others digressed and gave us a state-of-the-nation address on the confidence and supply agreement. I hope, therefore, that I am allowed some latitude.More Button

People want rid of the Government, more than it knows, because it is anti-democratic and, above all, uncaring. It has turned a blind eye to Yemen and the rest of the Middle East. We have a prou...More Button

Immigration Policy

Ar an gcéad dul síos, I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing us to raise this issue here this evening. It is my hope that we can discuss this issue without accusations regarding motivation comin...More Button

However, on foot of a parliamentary question I tabled to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, last July, we know that there has not been a single conviction for human trafficking...More Button

I accept the apologies of the Minister. I have spoken to him about this. As I said, while on the one hand what the Minister of State said is encouraging, I cannot fail to be concerned about the f...More Button

Immigration Policy (Continued)

It is now clear that the Governments of the United States, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia have all pulled out of the UN migrati...More Button

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing us to raise this matter. I thank the Minister of State for the clarity. I look forward to engaging in this process that is ongoing and ensuring that it ...More Button

Anti-Evictions Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I am pleased to contribute to the debate. Many Private Member's Bills have been brought in and this is an effort to try to deal with the savage fact that there are more than 10,000 people homeless...More Button

Deputy Kelly promised the world and all when he was the Minister. Ed Honohan brought forward a Bill and, while I do not want to take away from this Bill, he has the expertise as a Master of the ...More Button

It was brought forward because the time for piecemeal and clearly ineffective solutions to the mortgage crisis had passed. As stated, the original Bill was sponsored by Deputy McGuinness, Senator ...More Button

We have tabled endless Private Members' Bills and motions. One of our motions on An Post was passed unanimously by the Dáil. The wording was agreed by the Minister and accepted but nothing was ...More Button

Deputy Healy also introduced a Bill recently. We are all trying to do our best but there is a savage inertia in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. County and city council...More Button

I fundamentally disagree with some of what has been said about landlords. We cannot demonise all landlords and state that they are bad. However, we must deal with the situation whereby people a...More Button

Sheriffs are another group who must be reined in. The laws setting out the powers and functions of the sheriffs are outdated. They have been in place since the previous century. A lot of money...More Button

I appeal to the Minister of State to cut out all the talks, meetings, engagements and announcements. He should introduce some real legislative change and adopt Ed Honohan's Bill. However, he wi...More Button

I agree with what Deputy Broughan stated about my erstwhile colleagues. We had a big announcement today when we were talking about Brexit. I understand that Brexit is very important but I do no...More Button

-----for another year. The people want rid of Fianna Fáil because it has failed them. What will happen is that they will get rid of Fianna Fáil altogether because they are so disgusted. Fianna F...More Button

My parting word to the Minister of State is to get some houses built, keep people in their homes, change the legislation on evictions and give people some bit of respect.More Button

Palliative Care Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of palliative care services three year development framework 2017 to 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason St. Brigid’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary is not included in the five year plan for refurbishment and upgrading; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Development Plan Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the areas the €1.2 billion of culture, heritage and Irish language funding has been invested in to date (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button