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“Toll Barrier Solicitors paid €12 million in enforcement fees,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to engage with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on the proportionality of fines relating to non-payment of Toll Fees. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he obtained information in a parliamentary question that revealed that Pierce Fitzgibbon Solicitors, acting in the capacity of enforcement service provider for the M50 barrier-free tolling system, was paid fees amounting to €3million per annum for each of the last four years:

“I think most people when they hear about the level of legal fees being paid to a single firm for the collection of fines will be more than a little shocked.

The information provided to me also makes it clear that the Revenue collected by Pierce Fitzgibbon averaged about €2.6million per year for each of the last 4 years, amounting to €10.4 million.

I was reminded of just how severe the fine collection process can be when a constituent came to me after receiving a letter saying he now owed over €1200 following an initial non-payment of a toll fee that was under €20.

He had engaged with the enforcement service providers and paid two instalments of €50, and one instalment of €100.

That was literally ten times the toll fee originally owed by him.

It got to the point where he just could not afford to pay the monthly fine.

Despite this, fines of €150 kept accumulating despite my constituent’s insistence that he could not pay and was also trying to deal with a restructured mortgage.

Thankfully, and only after intervention from my office, did Pierce Fitzgibbon acting as enforcement providers, finally accept repayment of €30 per month for the €1247 fine.

It is cases like these that highlight the need for some kind of review of the proportionality surrounding the accumulation of Toll Fee Fines and indeed the millions in legal fees that are being generated on an annual basis,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2019-03-12/569/?highlight%5B0%5D=11779&highlight%5B1%5D=19

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Motorway Roads Transport

“Upgrade of N24 is top of the agenda for Tipp Delegation to Minister Ross,” Mattie McGrath

21-07-2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath is set to lead a cross-party, Local Authority and Borough District Council Deputation from Tipperary to meet with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on Monday next, July 24th. Deputy McGrath was speaking ahead of the meeting which he organised to galvanise support for the upgrading of the N24 to motorway status: 

“I will be particularly anxious to convey to Minister Ross the depth of our ambition for Tipperary and indeed for the south-east region.

It is my firm belief that we all now need to make a concerted effort to present the Minister and the Department with a unified and solid proposal regarding the merits of upgrading the N24 to Motorway status.

Phase 1 between Limerick and M8 could be built at a cost of €540 million and would join with the M8 at Cahir which would include a bypass of Tipperary Town (motorway status) and which would culminate with access to the ports in Waterford and Rosslare.

This would include a further bypass of Clonmel taking traffic off of the ring road. Should it be approved it would it would result in an estimated saving of €400 million when compared to other proposals for similar types of projects.

It is absolutely vital that we work together to ensure that issues surrounding connectivity within the region are addressed and that the Minister and his department are left in no doubt about the strategic value and the necessity of this proposal.

Getting the green light for this project would represent a massive step forward for all of us.

It would also go some way toward confirming that the government is serious about improving the connectivity deficits that the regions and rural Ireland are experiencing in comparison to a thriving motorway and transport infrastructure centred around the capital and the eastern region generally,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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