Mattie McGrath informs Government they've lost his support

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Mattie McGrath informed the Government Chief Whip John Curran this week that the Government has lost his support according to the Sunday Business Post.

In the lead article by the paper's Political Editor Pat Leahy, McGrath has said he won't support the Gov because of the plan to relocate some HSE services to Kilkenny from Clonmel.

"The reconfiguration has to be taken off the table, that's my baseline," McGrath said this weekend. "The hospital is a core issue for me. It's sacrosanct as far as I'm concerned."
Mattie McGrath lost the Fianna Fail party whip earlier this year for voting against the stag-hunting bill.

McGrath would be joining former PD Noel Grealish in reducing the Government's Dail authority to a razor-thin majority of two.
 
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midlander12

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Rats deserting the sinking ship. Pathetically latching on to local pork-barrel stuff, of course, in an attempt to save their seats.
 

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anyone else in the "publicity queue" all talk and headlines unless they actually vote against the government instead of mouthing off about it !!
 

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Remains to be seen if any of the remaining FF TDs in the west and northwest follow suit here. The hospitals are being raped in the west and NW. McDaid stand up!!!!
 

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And now the end is..............
 

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Smart move from McGrath. Either he gets to go to the voters and say "I said enough was enough" or he gets to say "I saved your hospital".
 

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Its down to which of the indos and FF back benchers think they have a better chance of retaining their seat if they "take a firm stance" on some local issue.
 

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Rats deserting the sinking ship. Pathetically latching on to local pork-barrel stuff, of course, in an attempt to save their seats.
I'll believe it when I see it, windbags trying to have it both ways, they have no intention of voting against the govt.
 

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Smart move from McGrath. Either he gets to go to the voters and say "I said enough was enough" or he gets to say "I saved your hospital".
Could be a chain reaction... Independents and FF backbenchers can be now accused of "why didn't you stand up for our local services like McGrath and Grealish?" The more that put daylight between themselves and a politically radioactive Government between now and polling day, the bigger the public commitment to the Govt. of those who stay.
 

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What should really have happened on this issue if we were a democracy worthy of the name is that the whole country and/or their representatives have a proper in depth, inclusive debate about whether it is better for the country to have many regionalised small medical centres, with community focus, etc, or whether it is better to have massive centralised hospitals. Also, the people of this country should have decided through open debate how they value doctors and nurses, how they should be renumerated from the public purse, the kind of respect and consideration they are due, etc... During this debate, the various options would be sent to the appropriate public servants for costing and this information would be incorporated in the debate, etc... Then, once everyone is agreed on what we want to do, the plan is implemented by the relevant faithful public servants and others paid from the public purse to do the job that needs doing... The many assumptions and values and norms and plain shenanigans implicit in the story above about Mattie McGrath and his threat to withdraw his support to government over THIS issue is to my mind, ludicrous beyond belief. I mean, did this tosser even raise an objection to his party selling the whole country down the river to their cronies? I bet he didn't even attend the debates...
 

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^^^

What roc said...
I know people are attached to their local hospitals, and with good reason in many cases, but on a political level there's too much talking out of both sides of the mouth on the issue...
 

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Mattie McGrath informed the Government Chief Whip John Curran this week that the Government has lost his support according to the Sunday Business Post.

In the lead article by the paper's Political Editor Pat Leahy, McGrath has said he won't support the Gov because of the plan to relocate some HSE services to Kilkenny from Clonmel.



Mattie McGrath lost the Fianna Fail party whip earlier this year for voting against the stag-hunting bill.

McGrath would be joining former PD Noel Grealish in reducing the Government's Dail authority to a razor-thin majority of two.
Good breaking story.

How ironic that the Indo's are the ones to bring down the government.
Goes to show you that an Independent candidate can make a real difference. If the others join MacGrath and Grealish we may see a rash of Indo's returned after the GE.
 

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The question is whether they will stay passive and not support the government or will they actively vote against them.
 

slippy wicket

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As a matter of interest have any td's of the FF genepool ever voted against their party when the chips were down.
 

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I'd wager, that he won't vote against the gov., he just won't vote. The cowards way out. I'd even go as far to say that he has this already agreed with the hierarchy of FF.
 

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David Cochrane,

In answer to your query on your post as to "whether the UK has pulled out of Europe, yet", had another opportunity to check the map this afternoon.

And, no, it is still there......wedged between the Irish Sea and the North Sea......same as always.

Were you expecting it to move ?

And where do you think it might re-locate ?

Answers please to P.ie on the back of 20€ note.
 

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Good breaking story.

How ironic that the Indo's are the ones to bring down the government.
Goes to show you that an Independent candidate can make a real difference. If the others join MacGrath and Grealish we may see a rash of Indo's returned after the GE.
Such a rash could be an early sign of political meningitis - normally leads to paralysis.
 


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