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Dail Debates Health Press Releases

“Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Labour all ignored warnings on National Children’s Hospital Costs,”

 

18-12-2018

 

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to accept that his original assessment regarding the potential cost of the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) will now lead to widespread delays of other vital healthcare projects. Deputy McGrath was speaking as concerns continue to mount regarding the exponential increase in the funding required to bring the project to completion:

 

“We are now close to €1.4 billion in costs from an original assessment of just over €404 million. That is absolutely outrageous and cannot be accounted for by construction related inflation as the Minister said earlier this week.

 

The facts of the matter are these: on Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017, I and my colleagues in the Rural Independent Group brought forward a Motion demanding that the government call a halt to its proposal to build the NCH at the St James site.

 

Along with the Connolly for Kids Group and the Jack & Jill Foundation we highlighted that the cost of construction of the National Children’s Hospital had already increased from €404 million in 2012, to approximately €1.1 billion and rising in 2017.

 

We informed the Dáil during that debate that the same differential would apply to the St. James’s Hospital site as it did to the then recent doubling of the estimated cost of building the National Maternity Hospital on a brownfield as opposed to a greenfield site, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

 

We were also very clear that due to the restricted nature of the proposed St. James’s Hospital site, parking provision for the National Children’s Hospital would be dramatically lower and hugely more expensive than that of international comparator hospitals.

 

Indeed the Independent Review of the National Children’s Hospital project (2011) and the Review Group on the National Children’s Hospital (2012) stated that it would be 25 per cent less expensive to build on a greenfield site than on an urban site.

 

All of these concerns were ignored by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and the Labour Party. So it is a bit rich for them to start complaining now when the damage has been done.

 

They all had ample opportunity to listen to the genuine fears around the escalation of costs and the impact that this would have.

 

Unfortunately they chose to band together and defeat the Rural Independent Group’s Motion which is what has contributed to the absurd situation we are in today.

 

As I said at the time; the people who will lose most on this project will be the families and the sickest children in the state. That is now the overwhelming shame that all of the major parties will have to live with,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

 

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“Delight that Elder Abuse Bill is one step closer to becoming law,” Mattie McGrath

 

 

13-11-2018

 

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his delight that a Private Members Bill he initiated to combat instances of the financial abuse of older people has passed through the Dáil and on to Committee stage. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a majority of TD’s voted to support his Vulnerable Persons Bill 2015, 74 to 46 opposed:

 

“It is my sincere hope that we can further amend this Bill at Committee Stage to give clear and unequivocal assurance to any older person or indeed any vulnerable person who may be the victim of financial abuse.

I have been trying to get the government to support this issue for several years now since I first raised it as a matter of profound urgency in 2015.

 

Since that time I certainly acknowledge that some advances have been made; but it is my belief that this Bill will provide a renewed emphasis on the importance of keeping this issue in focus.

 

As I said during the Dáil debate, elder abuse is one of the most serious and vicious activities that can be perpetrated upon vulnerable persons.

 

It often takes place in great secrecy, hidden even from other close members of the same family who may be unaware of what is taking place.

 

We know parents want to help their children. They want to be able to assist them where possible, including financially.

 

The fundamental point at issue here is that such assistance must always be a personal choice, and one that is made free of coercion, manipulation or threats.

 

Where such a right to financial autonomy and the control of a person’s own finances is under threat, and where it involves brute physical, emotional or psychological pain, the State must become involved to vindicate and protect such rights.

 

The fact that my Bill has now been referred to the Justice Select Committee means that we are one step closer to making that ambition a reality,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

ENDS

 

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“The real threat to judicial reform is government’s open division on the issue,” Mattie McGrath

 

27-06-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has vigorously defended proposals for the reform of how members of the judiciary are appointed, as outlined in The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of a highly significant Dáil debate on what may prove to be some of the most far reaching transformations of the judicial selection process in the history of the state:

“Given the seriousness, and indeed the necessity of the measures being proposed in this Bill, it is vital that the government urgently addresses its own clear divisions on this matter.

The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has at best displayed a kind of lukewarm enthusiasm and has it seems only reluctantly come round to supporting the provisions of the Bill.

What Minister Shane Ross, who is the driving force behind this Bill, is attempting to do is both politically courageous and long overdue.

The reactions of the judiciary, while cloaked in concerns about the separation of powers and the fittingness of the new process, are ultimately the last gasp of an elite group who for far too long have been self-selecting and self-regulating. That has to change.

The judiciary is not and cannot be immune to revisions and reforms such as those outlined in the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017.

It is patronising in the extreme for some members of the judiciary to suggest that ‘lay people,’ regardless of their qualifications, cannot meaningfully engage in a judicial selection process.

To go further and say that this new appointment process is an active risk to the stability of the different branches of government is totally alarmist.

I accept the challenges that reform represents for any institution that has to undergo it.

That being said, we need this new Bill and this new appointment process set up as quickly as possible in order to safeguard beyond any doubt the genuine independence of the judiciary from actual or perceived undue political interference,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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“Fianna Fail threats to silence smaller Dáil groups is an obvious power grab,” Mattie McGrath 

13-06-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the leader of Fianna Fail, Michael Martin, of trying to reintroduce the parliamentary dominance of the two main political parties. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Mr Martin confirmed that he has sought support from incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to severely limit the speaking times of smaller groups like the Rural Independent Group of which he is a member:

“It is my firm belief that any attempt to effectively disqualify the smaller Dáil groups from full participation in parliamentary debates will be seen as a power grab by Fianna Fail.

Deputy Martin simply has to accept that we have moved on from the days when Independents and others were forced to accept the crumbs from the table of the two larger parties when it came to speaking time.

Indeed it is a bit bizarre for Deputy Martin to be highlighting this issue when the majority of his own party are consistently absent from most debates on a Thursday afternoon, when they have ample opportunity to speak.

While I can certainly share his frustration with the amount of Dáil time that is being wasted, specifically by those on the so called ‘hard left’ like Solidarity and PBP; choosing to side line all Dáil groups, including the Rural Independents, is not the solution.

What we need is a far more robust implementation of the agenda that is agreed every week by cross party consensus in the Dáil Business Committee.

If those on the hard left could abandon their petty political posturing for even one day then maybe we would not have the kind of continual disruption to Dáil business that is eating up so much time.

If however Deputy Martin does receive the support of Deputy Varadkar to reverse the new speaking time arrangements, then those like Solidarity and the PBP will have effectively brought this on themselves and they will be in no place to whine about it.

It will just be one more way that they have damaged the credibility of parliamentary procedures for the rest of us who are actually trying to effect real change and real debate,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

END

 

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Dail Debates Health Local Issues Press Releases

“9% increase in HSE Managers while South Tipp psychology services suspended,” Mattie McGrath 

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that confirmation of the ever expanding number of HSE Managers will lead to significant frustration and anger among parents and service users in County Tipperary. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Irish Independent confirmed that there were 1,445 HSE Managers within the system in 2016 – an 8.9pc increase from 2015:

“These numbers confirm what many of us have been saying for some time; that the HSE is a bloated bureaucracy that is draining significant levels of resources away from patient services. Surely this money could be better used in offering more attractive employment terms to return those nurses who have been forced to emigrate.

What is absolutely galling about this news is that it is occurring on the same day as the HSE confirmed to me that in South Tipperary, school-age disability psychology services are currently suspended due to staffing deficits.

There must be an immediate moratorium placed on the recruitment of managers within the HSE until a full examination is conducted about how and why so many of them are apparently needed.

The Minister for Health and indeed the Head of the HSE now have serious questions to answer in terms how such vast amounts of public money is being ring fenced to cater for a cosy managerial class that are having zero effect on addressing the public need for adequate service provision,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

ENDS

 

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“National Housing Co-Op Bill has the potential to radically resolve mortgage crisis,” Mattie McGrath 

06-06-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will be seeking immediate cross party support for a private members bill aimed at establishing an off-balance sheet National Housing Co-Operative whose sole intention will be keeping families in mortgage distress in their homes. The National Housing Co-Op Bill 2017, which has already been submitted to the office of the Ceann Comhairle by Deputy McGrath and Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness, has the backing of Fr Peter McVerry, and The Right2Homes organisation. Commenting on the Bill Deputy Mattie McGrath made the following comment:

“The time for piecemeal and clearly ineffective ‘solutions’ to the mortgage crisis is over.

We need a radical approach that will generate significant and sustainable progress in the fastest possible time.

The Bill I have submitted seeks to establish a new stand alone entity – The National Housing Co-Operative Society- that will acquire all Principal Dwelling House Loans (PDH’s) and all Buy To Let Residential Loans (BTL) in arrears over 360 days.

We are aware that changes to legislation may be required and that the government may have to seek some flexibility with respect to the existing European Central Bank fiscal rules; but all of this is perfectly achievable if the political will is there.

What we have provided for in this Bill is a structured, legally sound, and ambitious pathway that has the potential to fundamentally reform our approach to mortgage distress and mortgage arrears.

Tens of thousands of families are in stark and urgent need of this kind of ambitious approach, an approach that we are hoping will receive full cross-party support,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

ENDS

 

 

 

The National Housing Co-Operative Bill 2017

Explanatory Memorandum

The Current Position

A watershed moment in the Distressed Irish Residential Mortgage Crisis, is upon us, for a variety of reasons, with more than one hundred thousand Irish residential mortgages in various levels of arrears.

In excess of 6% of total residential mortgages in Ireland are now in the hands of so-called “Vulture Funds.” Contrary to what we are led to believe, there is no economic, social or moral benefit in having “vulture funds” operating in Ireland and their presence should be discouraged as soon as possible.

As the economy moves through recovery the fact is, this rising tide is simply not lifting all boats. Because of the sheer numbers of citizens affected, the medium to long-term effects cannot be measured in terms of moral and social impacts, although we are seeing increases in reported cases of alcohol/drug abuse, suicide, mental illness and marital/family breakdown.

Every occupant of an Irish Residential Dwelling affected, whether they are a Mortgagor or a Tenant is in the firing line of the stated intentions of the Banks under increasing pressure from the ECB, and the “vulture funds” who will ultimately control these properties.

WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON?

THE COMMON GOOD           or THE VULTURE FUNDS

Legal Changes

Several adjustments to existing legislation are proposed to enhance the ability of Courts to deal with applications of Possession and Sale of property securing default Loans, in a fairer, more transparent way and to eliminate the practice of bundling large numbers of loans into portfolios for sale to “Vulture Funds”, while at the same time ensuring where an order for sale of a property securing a defaulted loan is managed to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for both the Lender and the Borrower.

Additionally, increased application of relevant EU Law is proposed to ensure existing protections for Borrowers are recognised and considered by the Courts.

The National Housing Co-Operative Society

The National Housing Co-Operative Bill 2017 proposes a potentially all-encompassing solution to the issue of Residential Dwelling Mortgage Arrears regardless of whether the underlying security for such loans is a Family Home or a Buy To Let investment property.

The controversial issues of “Strategic Defaulters” and/or “Moral Hazard” shall be dealt with in detail, and in truth, the real “Moral Hazard” is if we simple do nothing.

 

 

IF NOT US – THEN WHO?

IF NOT NOW – THEN WHEN?

 

 

So, the proposal contained in this Bill is as follows:

  1. Establish a new standalone Entity – The National Housing Co-Operative Society
  2. Acquire ALL Principal Dwelling House Loans (PDH’s) and ALL Buy To Let Residential Loans (BTL) in arrears over 360 days.
  3. The figures are as follows:Number of accounts: 59,000
  4. Balances outstanding: €13.9 Billion.
  5. (Figures are per Central Bank at 31/12/2016 issued 16/3/2017.)
  6. Purchase Price of Mortgage Book:            These firms would receive the price paid by them to the Banks/Building Societyb). From Banks.
  7. Based on Balances outstanding at 31/12/2016 minus accumulated Bad Debt Provisions advised to Central Bank PRIOR to 31/12/2016 verified on a case by case examination covering all accounts in the specific categories of accounts being acquired. All additional costs incurred and debited against customer accounts to be deducted from sale price.
  8.             with an appropriate adjustment based upon cost of funding and time in existence.
  9. a). From Vulture Funds.
  10. Establishing the money value of the purchase:Number of accounts       Balance O/S      Estimated Written down value @50% Number of accounts       Balance O/S      Estimated written down value@30% Rounded to a purchase cost of                                                                 €5.00 B. FUNDING ARRANGEMENTSAt current available interest rates the cost of borrowing this sum should not exceed 2% fixed.SECURITY FOR THIS PROPERTY BONDNote: Essential as a minimum that the “Buy-In-Values” be achieved in order to provide a margin of security. Hence NO NEGOTIATION over price, unless at a lower value. EFFECT ON BANKS AND VULTURE FUNDS.
  11. Lest there be concern about the impact of this transfer from the Banks and Vulture Fund’s on their respective Balance Sheets the following would apply.
  12. This will allow the Property Bond to stand alone and be without Government Guarantee and thus be Off Balance Sheet.
  13. The borrowings under this arrangement to be secured by a charge over the properties being acquired from Banks and Vulture Funds.
  14. NTMA to be mandated to negotiate on behalf of the Co-Op, but not to underwrite in any way, a Secured Property Bond to raise the total needed through the ECB/EIB with a combination of 15 year and 20-year fixed interest rates.
  15.  
  16. The final cost of the purchase would be established after examination of figures in Central Bank and the Lending institutions in order to cross check for accuracy of Bad Debt Provision figures. The exercise would be completed on a no profit no extra loss to Banks i.e. neutral in their respective Balance Sheets.
  17. Total:    59K                              €13.9 B.                                                €4.63 B.
  18.             47K                              €11.6 B.                                                €3.48B.
  19. Accounts +24 months
  20.             12K                              €2.3 B.                                                  €1.15 B.
  21. Accounts +12 months
  1. No Profit or Loss to V.F’s. They exit the Irish Market early.
  2. Banks would receive a sum calculated as the lesser of 4 (b) or 5 above.
  3. Banks would not incur new losses because of this exercise.
  4. Neither would they make any profit write-back as a consequence of any rise in property values.
  5. Banks would receive a big profit boost arising from the reduction in the cost of managing 59,000 accounts with all the attendant internal costs being eliminated. The same comment would apply to the mountain of external costs being incurred – Legal/Solicitors costs and expenses etc…
  6. A very significant infusion of new free capital would accrue to the Banks as a result of this sale. It would also assist Banks to come more quickly into accord with new ECB requirements.
  7. The New Capital should be “ring fenced” by Government to require Banks to provide low interest rate funding for New Social & Affordable Houses to be built to relieve the pressure on the lower end of the housing market and other necessary socially desirable projects, which are not the subject of this document.

For No Fault – Defaulters and for Judgment Mortgagors whose homes are about to be repossessed, this Bill rolls out the Mortgage To Rent option on an industrial scale.

The draft Bill clearly describes the legal architecture but, as a legal text, is still a work in progress.

 

 

LET’S KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES

 

ITS UP TO YOU

 

THE TIME IS NOW

 

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin”

 

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“Greater parliamentary focus on Christian persecution is urgently required,” Mattie McGrath 

14-04-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed a commitment given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to continue making the promotion of Religious Freedom and Practice a cornerstone of Irish Foreign policy. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he, along with Deputies Michael Collins, Noel Grealish and Kevin O’Keeffe raised the issue of Christian persecution in the Middle East during a Dáil Topical Issue debate yesterday:

“We have been attempting for some time to have the Dáil issue an explicit Motion condemning the persecution and genocide of the Christian community in the Middle East.

Those efforts will continue.

Yesterday’s debate however, was a brief opportunity to highlight not just the obvious humanitarian disaster that this persecution represents, but also the serious geo-political consequences that are arising from the destabilisation of the Middle East thanks in part to the actions of Daesh.

I and my colleagues made the point that over 334 million Christians are persecuted and discriminated against because of their religion and that Islamist extremism is the main threat not just for Christians, but also for members of other minority religious and non-religious groups.

While I salute the sincerity of Minister Flanagan in addressing this issue, I am calling for more explicit and public condemnations from the Dáil as a whole.

We should follow the example of the US Congress and the UK Parliament and denounce in the strongest possible terms the savage barbarity that continues to destroy the lives of millions of Christians the world over,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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Dail Debates Health Press Releases

Rural Independent Group Motion re the National Children’s Hospital

 

To be debated in Dáil Éireann- Wednesday 29th March.

 

“That Dáil Éireann:

notes:

  • the urgent need to develop appropriately sited, world class prenatal, perinatal and paediatric medical services for all the nation’s children and their families;
  • the critical need for a short corridor-linked or full service maternity hospital, integrated with the National Children’s Hospital to prevent the current situation of avoidable death and disability in newborn infants;
  • that the existing hospital infrastructure that caters for sick children is no longer fit for purpose;
  • that the shortage of specialised nursing and medical staff is a serious impediment in attaining optimal medical outcomes for children, which will be aggravated by the proposed site;
  • that the cost of construction of the National Children’s Hospital has increased from €404 million in 2012, to approximately €1.1 billion and rising in 2017;
  • the recent doubling of the estimated cost of building the National Maternity Hospital on a brownfield, as opposed to a greenfield site, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and that this differential would also apply to the St. James’s Hospital site;
  • that the creation of a site at St. James’s Hospital to accommodate a maternity hospital will prove hugely expensive, requiring major additional rebuilding of the adult hospital;
  • that the assessment of the National Children’s Hospital project by An Bord Pleanála did not adequately address several important aspects of the proposal relating to the medical functioning of the site;
  • that, due to the restricted nature of the proposed St. James’s Hospital site, parking provision for the National Children’s Hospital is dramatically lower and hugely more expensive than that of international comparator hospitals;
  • that the Independent Review of the National Children’s Hospital project (2011) and the Review Group on the National Children’s Hospital (2012) stated that it would be 25 per cent less expensive to build on a greenfield site than on an urban site; and
  • that accessibility to the proposed St. James’s Hospital site for patients, staff and medical personnel will lead to extreme levels of congestion and increase the risks of adverse medical outcomes;

acknowledges:

  • the commitments given in the Programme for a Partnership Government to develop a world class National Children’s Hospital;
  • the desire of all political parties, groups and members to improve and prioritise medical outcomes for the nation’s sick children; and
  • the significant financial commitments given by the Minister for Health and the Government to progress the National Children’s Hospital project; and

calls on the Government to:

  • provide evidence to support their repeated claim of improved clinical outcomes resulting from adult hospital co-location;
  • undertake a full cost-benefit analysis on all aspects of the National Children’s Hospital project, as required by the Department of Finance’s Guidelines for the Appraisal and Management of Capital Expenditure Proposals in the Public Sector;
  • ensure that all the requirements of the Public Spending Code have been met;
  • clarify the exact mandate, statutory and legal standing of the Children’s Hospital Group Board and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board;
  • justify the costs related to the construction of the National Children’s Hospital at St. James’s Hospital;
  • reconsider the co-location of the National Children’s Hospital with the new Rotunda Maternity Hospital, and in the event of opposition to this reconsideration, to justify, on clinical grounds, why such co-location cannot occur;
  • ensure all the requirements of the Public Spending Code in relation to the maternity hospital development are met before the construction contract of the National Children’s Hospital is awarded by Cabinet, as absence of such an assessment would indicate failure of the Government’s duty of care to its newborn citizens, and that tri-location is not a commitment by the sanctioning authority, the Department of Health; and
  • utilise any site preparation work already started at St. James’s Hospital, to develop a satellite Children’s Urgent Care Centre and further adult services.” — Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Noel Grealish, Michael Harty, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael J. Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry.

[23 March, 2017]

 

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Dail Debates Health Press Releases

“Rural Group Motion can finally set the National Children’s Hospital project on the right track,” Rural Independent Group

24-03-2017

The Rural Independent Group has committed its next Private Members time slot to bringing forward a Motion calling on all members of the Dáil to urgently reconsider the proposed location of the National Children’s Hospital, currently designated for St James’ Hospital in Dublin.

The Group’s Motion is set to call on the government to forensically account for why it is continuing with the project despite no indication that mounting concerns around the exponential costs and access issues are being adequately addressed.

While acknowledging and fully supporting the commitments given in the Programme for Government to develop a world class National Children’s Hospital, the Rural Independent Group are set to argue that the assessment of the National Children’s Hospital Project at St James’ Hospital by An Bord Pleanála did not adequately address several important aspects relating to the medical functioning of the site.

The Group members have also indicated that due to the restricted nature of the proposed St James’ site, parking provision for the NCH is dramatically lower and hugely more expensive than that of international comparator hospitals.

Deputy Mattie McGrath, the Convenor of the Rural Independent Group, highlighted the fact that the priority for the Group was to see building commence on the NCH project in a site that would guarantee significantly improved clinical outcomes; a guarantee that cannot be obtained if the St James’ site remains the preferred option:

“The heart of this entire process has to be the welfare and medical care of sick children and their families.

It cannot be pushed ahead simply to accommodate the inability of government to politically acknowledge that it has made a catastrophic mistake that will impact generations of sick children.

Even at this late stage, we as a Group are pleading with the government and indeed all members to reflect on the evidence and listen to the thousands of families who oppose this site,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

ENDS

NOTE: The Motion will be debated in Dáil Eireann on Wednesday March 29th at 4.45pm-6.45pm approx.

 

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Rural Independent Group- Private Members Business- Regional and Local Roads Network

DÁIL ÉIREANN 

Fógra Tairisceana : Notice of Motion 

GNÓ COMHALTAÍ PRÍOBHÁIDEACHA

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS

 

“That Dáil Éireann:

notes:

— that there are almost 91,000 kilometres of regional and local roads in Ireland, which account for 94 per cent of the country’s roads network and which carry around 54 per cent of all road traffic;

— the importance of regional and local roads which are crucial to economic activity and essential for balanced regional development;

— that good quality regional and local roads are essential for social inclusion, providing vital linkages among communities and between communities, their towns and larger urban centres;

— the shortage of outdoor council staff who have not been replaced;

— the importance of the speedy delivery of the planned upgrading of our national road network, for both the economy and a more balanced spatial distribution;

— that according to the latest National Oversight and Audit Commission, the kilometres of all road types mapped to date indicate that 81.6 per cent of all regional roads, 87.1 per cent of all primary roads, 92 per cent of all secondary roads and 93.2 per cent of all tertiary roads fall outside of the best grouped condition rating category, many of which fall in the worst grouped condition rating category;

— that large segments of the national road network will be overloaded and operating above capacity and safe levels by 2030, if traffic volumes continue to grow; and

— that the growing congestion problems are the result of significant underinvestment in transport infrastructure over successive decades;

acknowledges:

— the commitments given in the Programme for a Partnership Government to increase the capital budget for regional and local roads by approximately 50 per cent;

— the publication of the Action Plan for Rural Development commitment to progress the major roads projects detailed in the seven year transport element of the Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021, which will help deliver economic and business benefits across rural areas and regions; and

— that world class road infrastructure is vital to build a stronger economy and is essential to the future of regional and rural development, particularly in terms of attracting investment, enterprise, tourism and the agri-food industries; and

calls on the Government to:

— consider increasing the regional and local roads budget as part of the Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021, in the context of the mid-term capital review which is underway;

— ensure that Transport Infrastructure Ireland and local authority funding is examined in the course of the expenditure review, with a view to being progressively resourced to ensure proactive national road project planning to increase the pipeline of essential roads projects, so that sufficient numbers of projects are brought through the planning and design stages and ready for construction as funding becomes available;

accelerate support for the safety improvement schemes for dangerous junctions and bends, particularly where serious accidents and fatalities have occurred;

— continue funding, to enable the restoration of class 3/cul-de-sac roads;

— ensure continuation of Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais (CLÁR) funding for disadvantaged areas;

— require local authorities to examine speed limits on all regional and local roads, and to ensure the process of adjusting speed limits continues to engage with local communities;

ensure that local authorities take responsibility for ensuring that drainage, hedge cutting and the removal of overhanging trees are carried out where appropriate, in the interests of road safety, and to reduce damage caused to large vehicles particularly buses, lorries and agricultural machinery;

— urgently address road safety issues involving wild animals, such as deer, in co-operation with local authorities and other public bodies;

— undertake swift implementation of the commitment contained in the Action Plan for Rural Development, to examine the scope for increased investment in regional roads in the context of the review of the Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021, which will take place shortly; and

—reinstate a separate grant allocation to the Local Improvement Scheme, as funding becomes available, to support the upgrading and repair of non-local authority roads.”

 

— Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Noel Grealish, Michael Harty, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael J. Healy-Rae, Michael Lowry.