|About Mattie McGrath
was born in September, 1958 and has lived in Newcastle, Clonmel, ever since.
He is married with eight children and takes all
aspects of parenthood and family life, for himself and
others, 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 he was
a Sales Representative servicing the agricultural
industry in the local area. Since 1983 he developed his
own local plant hire business, Suirside Plant Hire,
Newcastle, Clonmel, that employs eight full-time staff
and provides essential services to businesses and
residences with a focus on customer satisfaction.
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
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.
Mattie contested the 2007 General
Election, for the Constituency of Tipperary South and
West Waterford. He
was elected to Dail Eireann, for the first time.
getting the work done, in Cahir, at the annual
senior citizens party organised by An Garda
Siochana and Community Alert
principles revolve around:
Care of the Elderly
- Community Employment
- Social Housing
- Culture & Heritage
Youth & Sport
For Mattie, "getting things done"
is a lot more than a slogan, it is his way of life.
Since his election to Dail Eireann, Mattie has become a
member of a number of Joint Oireachtas Committees
including the Oireachtas Committee on Social and Family
Affairs, Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food and the Oireachtas Committee on Communications,
Energy and Natural Resources.
Mattie is a director of
Tire, the national organisation promoting community
development in Ireland, which was established in 1937 by
John M Canon Hayes. Through its core principles of
neighbourliness, self-help and self-reliance, Muintir na
Tire has promoted and supported the concept of active
community participation and championed the idea of
community development in both Ireland and Europe. Mattie
is also very involved in the Community Alert Programme
which is organised by Muintir na Tire in association
with An Garda Siochana. He is involved in the Programme
of Community Supports for Older People funded by the
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Rural Isolation and
To find yourself living in a rural area without a car,
even temporarily, is a limiting, isolating, and
sometimes, almost impossible, situation. Mattie has
considerable concern for all issues connected to rural
isolation. Towards solving many rural transport
problems, Mattie is a director of
Ring a Link
a non-profit making charitable organisation offering
affordable and convenient door to door transport for the people of
Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary, with services that
are being expanded all the time, as well as organising
car pooling for companies to help save money and the
has a longstanding interest and involvement in social
housing issues and homelessness. He is a director of The Irish
Council for Social Housing (ICSH
www.icsh.ie) which was formed in
1982 by housing and hostel organisations in Ireland to
act as a national representative, promotional,
information and advisory federation.
The ICSH now represents over 200 affiliated housing
associations and other voluntary organisations involved
in housing or hostel services, providing accommodation
of over 15,500 homes to:
homeless and vulnerable
people with disabilities and
individuals and families
on low incomes.
Projects in South Tipperary include:
An Cuan Housing Association
Homeless single people
Caislean Nua Voluntary Housing Association
Clonmel Voluntary Housing Association.
St. Patricks Dwelling for the Elderly