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McGrath reiterates call for pay as you go/ monthly payment options for Motor Tax


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Independent TD Mattie McGrath has re-iterated his previous calls on the Government to introduce a pay as you go and monthly payment options for motor tax as the Government plans to introduce charges for off the road vehicles.

Deputy McGrath has claimed that the main reason for vehicles being taken off the road is that the vehicle owners can simply not afford the rising levels of motor tax and fuel costs, especially in the haulage industry and that it is not realistic to expect vehicle owners to declare their intention of taking their vehicle off the road in advance.

The Ministers plans are totally out of touch with the reality of the situation in the current climate especially for those who use the road for business purposes such as road hauliers who are expected to pay 2500 and more to tax their lorries, despite only having their Lorries on the road once or twice a week due to the fall in business. They do not know months in advance whether their vehicle will be on or off the road in the coming months, they can only hope that they will have enough work to keep their vehicle on the road.

These are honest hard working people who always pay their dues but who simply cannot meet the costs. Some are being forced to take a chance and drive their Lorries without tax in order to get work so that they might be able to eventually meet their payments and put food on the table. If they refuse business because they cannot afford their tax, they will be in a much worse position with no chance of recovery because many of them are self-employed and will not receive any assistance from social welfare. Said McGrath

Putting an extra charge on those who have taken their vehicles off the road because they simply cannot afford motor tax is just another stealth tax coming from the Minister for the Environment. If the taxation system was a bit more flexible, people might have a better chance.

If the Minister really wants to tighten up the loophole then he should examine the reasons why vehicles are being taken off the road and try to offer workable solutions rather than forcing extra costs on those struggling. Motor tax is for use of the road, we cannot introduce a charge for vehicles not on the road. Continued McGrath

Deputy McGrath appealed to the Government to introduce a pay as you go system of motor taxation to allow the hauliers continue trading and to examine the possibility of introducing a monthly payment for other road users to offer some more flexibility.

With online motor taxation, this should be possible and if they those using the road for business purposes such as hauliers can pay as they work, they will not be forced to cut off their nose to spite their face. They want to work and they want to work within the law but they just cant afford to pay huge amounts of tax on their vehicles if they are not getting the work. We need to get real about supporting small businesses. There is no point forcing more businesses out of work simply because they cannot meet pay unrealistic levels of motor tax, when they could be allowed to work and pay as they go. Concluded McGrath

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Luke Ming Flanagan reads from a letter he received from a priest speaking of the wilderness that carers find themselves in.


Deputy Luke Ming Flanagan reads from a letter he received from a priest speaking of the wilderness that carers find themselves in.

The ebullient Mattie McGrath follows him with some apocalyptic imagery for the Taoiseach.

Hat-tip to Oireachtas Retort via twitter

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Every Woman Matters


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Outside the Dail tonight where Clare Daly’s ‘Savita’s Law’ bill was defeated.

There follows a complete list of TDs votes from tonight’s Bill for legislation on the X case. Contact your local representative via the email addresses we supply below if they have not represented you.

Gerry Adams (SF) voted Yes

James Bannon (FG) voted No

Seán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle) was absent/abstained

Tom Barry (FG) was absent/abstained

Richard Boyd Barrett (ULA) voted Yes

Pat Breen (FG) was absent/abstained

Thomas P. Broughan (Ind (Lab)) voted Yes

John Browne (FG) voted No

Richard Bruton (FG) was absent/abstained

Joan Burton (Lab) voted No

Ray Butler (FG) voted No

Jerry Buttimer (FG) voted No

Catherine Byrne (FG) was absent/abstained

Eric Byrne (Lab) voted No

Dara Calleary (FF) voted No

Ciarán Cannon (FG) was absent/abstained

Joe Carey (FG) voted No

Paudie Coffey (FG) voted No

Niall Collins (FF) voted No

Áine Collins (FG) voted No

Joan Collins (ULA) voted Yes

Michael Colreavy (SF) voted Yes

Michael Conaghan (Lab) voted No

Seán Conlan (FG) voted No

Paul J. Connaughton (FG) voted No

Ciara Conway (Lab) voted No

Noel Coonan (FG) voted No

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG) voted No

Joe Costello (Lab) was absent/abstained

Simon Coveney (FG) voted No

Barry Cowen (FG) voted No

Michael Creed (FG) voted No

Lucinda Creighton (FG) was absent/abstained

Seán Crowe (SF) voted Yes

Jim Daly (FG) voted No

Clare Daly (ULA) voted Yes

John Deasy (FG) was absent/abstained

Jimmy Deenihan (FG) voted No

Pat Deering (FG) voted No

Regina Doherty (FG) voted No

Pearse Doherty (SF) voted Yes

Stephen S. Donnelly (Ind) voted Yes

Paschal Donohoe (FG) voted No

Timmy Dooley (FF) voted No

Robert Dowds (Lab) voted No

Andrew Doyle (FG) was absent/abstained

Bernard J. Durkan (FG) voted No

Dessie Ellis (SF) voted Yes

Damien English (FG) voted No

Alan Farrell (FG) voted No

Frank Feighan (FG) voted No

Martin Ferris (SF) voted Yes

Anne Ferris (Lab) was absent/abstained

Frances Fitzgerald (FG) voted No

Peter Fitzpatrick (FG) voted No

Charles Flanagan (FG) was absent/abstained

Terence Flanagan (FG) voted No

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Ind) voted Yes

Sean Fleming (FF) was absent/abstained

Tom Fleming (Ind) was absent/abstained

Eamon Gilmore (Lab) voted No

Noel Grealish (Ind) was absent/abstained

Brendan Griffin (FG) voted No

John Halligan (Ind) voted Yes

Dominic Hannigan (Lab) was absent/abstained

Noel Harrington (FG) voted No

Simon Harris (FG) voted No

Brian Hayes (FG) voted No

Tom Hayes (FG) was absent/abstained

Seamus Healy (ULA) voted Yes

Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) voted No

Martin Heydon (FG) voted No

Joe Higgins (ULA) voted Yes

Phil Hogan (FG) was absent/abstained

Brendan Howlin (Lab) was absent/abstained

Heather Humphreys (FG) voted No

Kevin Humphreys (Lab) voted No

Derek Keating (FG) voted No

Colm Keaveney (Lab) was absent/abstained

Paul Kehoe (FG) voted No

Billy Kelleher (FF) voted No

Alan Kelly (Lab) voted No

Enda Kenny (FG) was absent/abstained

Seán Kenny (Lab) voted No

Seamus Kirk (FG) voted No

Michael P. Kitt (FF) voted No

Seán Kyne (FG) voted No

Anthony Lawlor (FG) voted No

Michael Lowry (Ind) voted No

Kathleen Lynch (Lab) voted No

Ciarán Lynch (Lab) voted No

John Lyons (Lab) voted No

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (SF) voted Yes

Eamonn Maloney (Lab) voted No

Micheál Martin (FF) was absent/abstained

Peter Mathews (FG) voted No

Michael McCarthy (Lab) was absent/abstained

Charlie McConalogue (FF) voted No

Mary Lou McDonald (SF) voted Yes

Shane McEntee (FG) voted No

Nicky McFadden (FG) voted No

Dinny McGinley (FG) voted No

Mattie McGrath (Ind) voted No

Finian McGrath (Ind) was absent/abstained

Michael McGrath (FG) voted No

John McGuinness (FF) was absent/abstained

Joe McHugh (FG) voted No

Sandra McLellan (SF) voted Yes

Tony McLoughlin (FG) voted No

Michael McNamara (Lab) voted No

Olivia Mitchell (FG) was absent/abstained

Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) voted No

Michael Moynihan (FF) voted No

Michelle Mulherin (FG) voted No

Dara Murphy (FG) voted No

Eoghan Murphy (FG) voted No

Catherine Murphy (Ind) voted Yes

Gerald Nash (Lab) voted No

Denis Naughten (Ind (FG)) was absent/abstained

Dan Neville (FG) voted No

Derek Nolan (Lab) was absent/abstained

Michael Noonan (FG) voted No

Patrick Nulty (Ind (Lab)) voted Yes

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (SF) voted Yes

Éamon Ó Cuív (FF) voted No

Seán Ó Fearghaíl (FF) voted No

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab) voted No

Aengus Ó Snodaigh (SF) voted Yes

Jonathan O’Brien (SF) voted Yes

Willie O’Dea (FF) was absent/abstained

Kieran O’Donnell (FG) voted No

Patrick O’Donovan (FG) voted No

Fergus O’Dowd (FG) was absent/abstained

John O’Mahony (FG) was absent/abstained

Joe O’Reilly (FG) voted No

Jan O’Sullivan (Lab) was absent/abstained

Maureen O’Sullivan (Ind) voted Yes

Willie Penrose (Ind (Lab)) was absent/abstained

John Perry (FG) was absent/abstained

Ann Phelan (Lab) voted No

John Paul Phelan (FG) voted No

Thomas Pringle (Ind) voted Yes

Ruairí Quinn (Lab) was absent/abstained

Pat Rabbitte (Lab) voted No

James Reilly (FG) voted No

Michael Ring (FG) voted No

Shane Ross (Ind) was absent/abstained

Brendan Ryan (Lab) voted No

Alan Shatter (FG) voted No

Sean Sherlock (Lab) was absent/abstained

Róisín Shortall (Ind (Lab)) voted No

Brendan Smith (FF) voted No

Arthur Spring (Lab) voted No

Emmet Stagg (Lab) voted No

Brian Stanley (SF) voted Yes

David Stanton (FG) voted No

Billy Timmins (FG) voted No

Peadar Tóibín (SF) was absent/abstained

Robert Troy (FG) was absent/abstained

Joanna Tuffy (Lab) voted No

Liam Twomey (FG) voted No

Leo Varadkar (FG) voted No

Jack Wall (Lab) voted No

Mick Wallace (Ind) voted Yes

Brian Walsh (FG) voted No

Alex White (Lab) voted N

Enda on the Front Cover of Playboy


Speaking in the Dáil,the great imbecile Mattie McGrath appeared to get confused as to what magazine the Taoiseach appeared on the cover of last week.

“To see our Taoiseach, on this front page of Playboy magazine, I wish him well, I voted him as Taoiseach, but I expected a lot different of him,” he said.

First it was Time magazine and now Playboy what next? This person will stoop to anything for a bit of PR

 

 

The Lord of Nepotism Mattie McGrath


DOZENS of TDs and senators make use of family members as parliamentary and secretarial assistants, recently released files reveal. Thirty per cent of Oireachtas members, including government ministers and MEPs, have family members working for them. This is despite Fine Gael’s pre-election pledge to end cronyism.
South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath had the most family members working for him of all TDs. He employed two daughters, and a niece who shared parliamentary and secretarial assistant jobs along with another staff member.
McGrath said they were all “very well qualified” he added”, they work extremely hard . . . and in addition, they go above and beyond the call of duty at all time.
Surly it should be illegal to create public-sector jobs funded by Government money taken from taxpayers when there is no advertisement or systemized form of interviews.
Parliamentary assistants enjoy a starting salary of €41,000 while secretarial assistants have an income of € 23,000.
Mattie own list of National policy priorities, ironically include, – Full accountability and transparency to underpin spending of taxes and money.
All one can say is nice one Mattie to float the family onboard the coat tails of the gravy train. Even so, then again, folks, bear in mind his background. The Man is former Fianna Fáil and well versed in the art of stroke pulling and double standards.
Was not his resignation from Fianna Fáil not just apiece of political cynicism to save his seat?
Hypocrisy and nepotism are alive, well, and thriving in the secure hands of Master McGrath a monolith of ignorance and bizarre rurality. He has delivered zero on his election promises, but he will plead from his bucolic mouth those from the establishment were out to do him down. He will conveniently forget to concede that his own feet continue to live and walk the well-trodden path of the elected system.
The stench of animal faeces surrounds the verbal the uttering’s of our Mr. McGrath but there again a Gombeen man is he.

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