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#Michael McGrath

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 14 November, 2013

FF: Bailout exit is 'absolutely' good news but we need a lifejacket for choppy waters
# Bailout Exit
# Bailout Exit

FF: Bailout exit is 'absolutely' good news but we need a lifejacket for choppy waters

Nov 14th 2013, 3:19 PM 4,604 Views 108 Comments

“We believe the country does need to have a lifejacket as we enter what could be potentially quite choppy waters over the next six or nine months,” Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson said today.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

"I'm reflecting" - Still no decision on post-bailout credit line says Noonan
# Ecofin
# Ecofin

"I'm reflecting" - Still no decision on post-bailout credit line says Noonan

Nov 13th 2013, 1:40 PM 3,987 Views 25 Comments

Minister Noonan addressed the Finance Committee on the agenda for the upcoming Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

WATCH: Fianna Fáil says timing of Sinn Féin's Anglo Tapes is 'curious to say the least'
# The Disappeared
# The Disappeared

WATCH: Fianna Fáil says timing of Sinn Féin's Anglo Tapes is 'curious to say the least'

Nov 6th 2013, 5:36 PM 13,011 Views 175 Comments

Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said the Sinn Féin’s claim that it has new recordings from Anglo Irish Bank is an attempt to distract from Monday’s TV programme about The Disappeared.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Administrative issues stop some welfare recipients paying property tax
# Property Tax
# Property Tax

Administrative issues stop some welfare recipients paying property tax

Oct 24th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,714 Views 19 Comments

The problems relate to those who had chosen to pay through social welfare reductions but were not eligible.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

"Even the dead aren't safe from this Government" - Fianna Fáil reaction to the Budget
# Budget14
# Budget14

"Even the dead aren't safe from this Government" - Fianna Fáil reaction to the Budget

Oct 15th 2013, 4:53 PM 7,498 Views 70 Comments

The treatment of elderly people was highlighted by two Fianna Fáil spokespeople today, with Seán Fleming asking what the Government “has against elderly married couples?”.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 14 October, 2013

"Government is treating this like a giveaway Budget" - Fianna Fáil
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

"Government is treating this like a giveaway Budget" - Fianna Fáil

Oct 14th 2013, 6:26 PM 9,207 Views 134 Comments

Michael McGrath says that voters won’t have a “feel-good factor” after tomorrow’s Budget.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Fianna Fáil: Sinn Féin's budget would cut pay for teachers, gardaí and nurses
# Budget Wars
# Budget Wars

Fianna Fáil: Sinn Féin's budget would cut pay for teachers, gardaí and nurses

Oct 10th 2013, 3:45 PM 7,430 Views 89 Comments

But Sinn Féin says that Fianna Fáil’s budget proposals are not costed.

FF wants to raise USC on incomes over €100k and increase the price of cigarettes and wine
# Pre-budget Submission
# Pre-budget Submission

FF wants to raise USC on incomes over €100k and increase the price of cigarettes and wine

Oct 10th 2013, 1:06 PM 6,904 Views 135 Comments

The party has launched it’s pre-Budget submission today calling for an overall adjustment of €2.4 billion which is evenly split between tax rises and spending cuts.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Taoiseach: OECD says we're not a tax haven, FF: You're being complacent
# Talking Tax
# Talking Tax

Taoiseach: OECD says we're not a tax haven, FF: You're being complacent

Sep 12th 2013, 2:32 PM 3,923 Views 30 Comments

The Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil spokesperson Michael McGrath were responding to news that the European Commission is scrutinising Ireland’s tax regime.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 8 September, 2013

Watch: "It's all gone mad" - 8 moments from this week's 'grilling' of the bankers
# Finance Committee
# Finance Committee

Watch: "It's all gone mad" - 8 moments from this week's 'grilling' of the bankers

Sep 8th 2013, 8:05 AM 7,661 Views 15 Comments

The bankers were given targets to tackle the mortgage crisis, but no-one was happy with the measures they took to reach them…

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Ulster Bank began legal action in 4,124 arrears cases between March and June
# Distressed Mortgages
# Distressed Mortgages

Ulster Bank began legal action in 4,124 arrears cases between March and June

Sep 4th 2013, 5:33 PM 6,180 Views 24 Comments

Jim Brown is the latest bank boss to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee to be grilled on how lenders are addressing the mortgage arrears crisis.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 29 August, 2013

Fianna Fáil TD: Brian Cowen should do a probing, current affairs interview
# Cowen Talks
# Cowen Talks

Fianna Fáil TD: Brian Cowen should do a probing, current affairs interview

Aug 29th 2013, 9:15 PM 5,709 Views 58 Comments

Michael McGrath said he would like to see the former taoiseach to agree to a “proving interview by an established current affairs journalist” in the wake of his first public comments in over two years.

TDs and Senators coming back next week to grill bankers over mortgage arrears
# Summer Is Over
# Summer Is Over

TDs and Senators coming back next week to grill bankers over mortgage arrears

Aug 29th 2013, 5:25 PM 4,223 Views 37 Comments

TDs and Senators on the Oireachtas Finance Committee will grill the heads of the main Irish banks next week.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 26 July, 2013

Central Bank cuts growth forecast and tells govt: Don't ease-up on austerity
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Central Bank cuts growth forecast and tells govt: Don't ease-up on austerity

Jul 26th 2013, 9:27 PM 5,537 Views 76 Comments

The bank has also cut its forecast for growth of the country’s economy or gross domestic product from 1.2 per cent this year to 0.07 per cent blaming the falls in the export of goods and services.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 24 June, 2013

Anglo tapes 'should be handed over to the Gardaí'
# Anglo Tapes
# Anglo Tapes

Anglo tapes 'should be handed over to the Gardaí'

Jun 24th 2013, 12:45 PM 8,559 Views 103 Comments

Opposition parties have called for Gardaí, the DPP and the Director of Corporate Enforcement to investigate the content of the tapes.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill
# Abortion
# Abortion

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

Jun 8th 2013, 8:15 AM 6,597 Views 91 Comments

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by TheJournal.ie.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 27 May, 2013

Over 130 people with Irish addresses filed for bankruptcy in UK during crisis
# Bankruptcy
# Bankruptcy

Over 130 people with Irish addresses filed for bankruptcy in UK during crisis

May 27th 2013, 3:20 PM 6,879 Views 23 Comments

Figures also show that 35 people moved to England or Wales last year solely for the purpose of seeking bankruptcy.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 20 May, 2013

Insolvent borrowers 'will be named and shamed' online in new system
# Insolvency
# Insolvency

Insolvent borrowers 'will be named and shamed' online in new system

May 20th 2013, 6:36 PM 14,497 Views 116 Comments

Fianna Fáil says the public register of people in insolvency procedures could shame people away from participating.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Ohio kidnapped women 'were bound and chained'
# Found
# Found

Ohio kidnapped women 'were bound and chained'

May 8th 2013, 8:25 PM 31,770 Views 45 Comments

Cleveland’s police chief has said he expects the three men arrested in connection with the kidnapping are likely to be charged today.

Banks should disclose how ECB rate changes impact its products - Fianna Fáil
# ECB
# ECB

Banks should disclose how ECB rate changes impact its products - Fianna Fáil

May 8th 2013, 7:15 AM 4,094 Views 34 Comments

Deputy McGrath has called on the Central Bank to force banks to issue a statement following each change to the ECB’s interest rate.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Fianna Fáil want period for financial services complaints extended
# Mis-selling
# Mis-selling

Fianna Fáil want period for financial services complaints extended

Apr 25th 2013, 8:45 PM 4,763 Views 46 Comments

A six year limit currently exists after which complaints cannot be made to the Financial Services Ombudsman.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

AIB, EBS and Haven variable rate mortgages to increase from June
# Mortgage Rates
# Mortgage Rates

AIB, EBS and Haven variable rate mortgages to increase from June

Apr 24th 2013, 5:52 PM 12,401 Views 98 Comments

The rate increases vary from 0.25 per cent to 0.4 per cent.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government
# Mortgage Arrears
# Mortgage Arrears

Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government

Mar 27th 2013, 9:46 PM 19,302 Views 98 Comments

The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 25 March, 2013

FF publishes bill to remove bank veto from insolvency regime
# Mortgages
# Mortgages

FF publishes bill to remove bank veto from insolvency regime

Mar 25th 2013, 2:30 PM 5,078 Views 31 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s legislation would also create an independent Mortgage Resolution Office with the power to make binding orders.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

Ireland not impacted by Cyprus' bailout deal - Kenny
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Ireland not impacted by Cyprus' bailout deal - Kenny

Mar 19th 2013, 9:38 AM 3,956 Views 50 Comments

Banks in Cyprus remain closed as discussions continue on the terms of the proposed bailout deal.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 22 February, 2013

Noonan hints €1bn IBRC savings will go to repay debts
# Promissory Note
# Promissory Note

Noonan hints €1bn IBRC savings will go to repay debts

Feb 22nd 2013, 9:33 PM 9,891 Views 77 Comments

Michael Noonan thinks it would make more sense not to use the promissory note proceeds to ease the next Budget.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 4 February, 2013

Read in full: Mario Draghi’s letter to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath
# Wrote You A Letter
# Wrote You A Letter

Read in full: Mario Draghi’s letter to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath

Feb 4th 2013, 12:55 PM 9,843 Views 49 Comments

The Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson has called on Michael Noonan to hold face-to-face negotiations with the European Central Bank president after he wrote to him last month.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Here is how much was won on Prize Bonds last year
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

Here is how much was won on Prize Bonds last year

Feb 3rd 2013, 7:45 AM 15,487 Views 28 Comments

The amount has increased significantly over the past three years as people sought safe places to put their money.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 10 December, 2012

Prospect of October Budget welcomed amid calls for more open process
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Prospect of October Budget welcomed amid calls for more open process

Dec 10th 2012, 6:45 AM 5,775 Views 13 Comments

Budget 2013 is less than a week old but already thoughts are turning to Budget 2014 and the possibility it could be held earlier than December next year.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Opposition parties hit back at criticism of their alternative budgets
# Alternative Budgets
# Alternative Budgets

Opposition parties hit back at criticism of their alternative budgets

Dec 8th 2012, 7:30 AM 4,032 Views 51 Comments

The government claims neither of the two main opposition parties had their pre-budget submissions fully costed but this has been described as a “complete red herring” by Fianna Fáil.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?
# Abortion
# Abortion

Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?

Nov 29th 2012, 4:49 PM 17,145 Views 51 Comments

A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Fianna Fáil's alternative budget: Cuts to politician pensions and no property tax
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Fianna Fáil's alternative budget: Cuts to politician pensions and no property tax

Nov 22nd 2012, 4:41 PM 8,293 Views 99 Comments

Fianna Fáil today launched its budget proposals entitled “A Fairer Way to Recovery”.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Six execs at former Anglo Irish Bank earn over €500k a year
# Bankers
# Bankers

Six execs at former Anglo Irish Bank earn over €500k a year

Nov 8th 2012, 7:45 AM 9,034 Views 93 Comments

Figures disclosed by Finance Minister Michael Noonan detail the remuneration packages of senior bankers at the former Anglo Irish Bank.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 29 October, 2012

Opposition bemoans lack of progress on bank deal after Schauble visit
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

Opposition bemoans lack of progress on bank deal after Schauble visit

Oct 29th 2012, 5:22 PM 4,265 Views 49 Comments

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin both criticise Noonan and Howlin for failing to extract public commitments from the German minister.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it's in denial
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it's in denial

Oct 20th 2012, 3:31 PM 3,894 Views 40 Comments

The government has continued to insist a deal on Ireland’s debt still stands despite comments from the German chancellor yesterday.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 18 October, 2012

1,700 bankers in state covered banks paid over €100,000
# Bankers' Pay
# Bankers' Pay

1,700 bankers in state covered banks paid over €100,000

Oct 18th 2012, 4:37 PM 9,666 Views 71 Comments

861 in AIB, 61 in Permanent TSB, 143 in IBRC and 644 in Bank of Ireland paid over €100,000.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Burton 'saddened' to see Shortall go - but affirms confidence in Reilly
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Burton 'saddened' to see Shortall go - but affirms confidence in Reilly

Sep 27th 2012, 1:00 PM 4,291 Views 35 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection says every member of government “has confidence in every other minister”.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Bank of Ireland raises mortgage interest rates by 0.5pc
# Mortgages
# Mortgages

Bank of Ireland raises mortgage interest rates by 0.5pc

Sep 25th 2012, 9:23 AM 6,668 Views 33 Comments

Mortgage holders have been written to in the last days informing them of an increase in rates from late next month.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 6 August, 2012

Call for Gardaí to investigate insider NAMA deal
# NAMA
# NAMA

Call for Gardaí to investigate insider NAMA deal

Aug 6th 2012, 7:30 AM 4,357 Views 37 Comments

It was revealed yesterday that a former employee of NAMA bought a house from the agency’s property portfolio.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

McGrath: Banks not passing on ECB rate cut is 'disgraceful'
# ECB
# ECB

McGrath: Banks not passing on ECB rate cut is 'disgraceful'

Jul 31st 2012, 7:15 AM 3,943 Views 27 Comments

Only two banks in Ireland passed on last month’s rate cut to their standard variable rate customers, Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said.