Mattie was born in September, 1958 and has lived in Newcastle, Clonmel, ever since. He is married to Margaret and they have 8 Children and 4 Grandchildren. Mattie takes all aspects of parenthood and family life very seriously. As a result he is particularly aware of issues of education, health and safety.
He attended St. Joseph’s College, Cahir between 1971 and 1976 and, later, took a certificate programme in horticulture at Kildalton Agricultural College, Co. Kilkenny (1986) and holds a Certificate in Communication Skills from University College Cork (1992). From 1977 to 1982 Mattie was a Sales Representative servicing the agricultural industry in the local area. Since 1983 he developed his own local plant hire business, formerly known as Suirside Plant Hire, Newcastle that employs eight full-time staff and provides essential services to businesses and residences with a focus on customer satisfaction.
People sometimes claim that politics involves a certain amount of fancy dancing, and if that is true, as a former (1974) All Ireland set dancer, Mattie is exceptionally well qualified.
Tipperary County Council: Mattie was a member of South Tipperary County Council from 1999- 2007. He topped the poll in the Cahir Electoral area in the local elections in 2004, polling a massive first preference total of 1,902 votes almost 30% of the valid poll. This was an actual doubling of his vote over the 1999 local elections and is indicative of the tremendous work being done by the candidate within his local Electoral Area. Mattie served as Chairperson of South Tipperary Co. Council in 2004/2005 – indeed he was one of the most active county council chairpersons ever in the area.
Dail Eireann: Mattie contested the 2007 General Election and was elected to Dail Eireann, for the first time representing the Constituency of Tipperary South and West Waterford. Mattie now represents the Constituency of Tipperary (North and South).
Oireachtas Committees: Mattie is currently a member of the Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and was recently a member of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment.
Mattie’s core principles revolve around:
- Rural Ireland
- Protection of Life during Pregnancy
- Care of the Elderly
- Social Housing
- Community Employment
- Banking Issues and Home Repossessions
- Culture & Heritage
- Planning and Development
For Mattie, “getting things done” is a lot more than a slogan, it is his way of life.