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# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 3 April, 2014

'Appalling indignity': Government to revisit opening State redress scheme to Bethany Home survivors
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Appalling indignity': Government to revisit opening State redress scheme to Bethany Home survivors

Apr 3rd 2014, 1:15 PM 5,760 Views 30 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald said that the coalition has to date “flatly and coldly refused the Bethany survivors the dignity of recognition”.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 24 March, 2014

Here's the letter the European Central Bank president wrote to a Fianna Fáil TD
# ECB
# ECB

Here's the letter the European Central Bank president wrote to a Fianna Fáil TD

Mar 24th 2014, 5:00 PM 26,207 Views 41 Comments

Responding to queries from the finance spokesperson, Draghi said that ‘the viability of nationalised banks’ needs to be addressed.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Here are 9 things we learned at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Here are 9 things we learned at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Mar 22nd 2014, 9:15 PM 21,505 Views 74 Comments

Thousands of delegates, hundreds of motions, but what did we learn at the two-day gathering in Killarney. TheJournal.ie reveals all…

Call for government to be allowed shut down social media sites rejected by Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis

Call for government to be allowed shut down social media sites rejected by Fianna Fáil

Mar 22nd 2014, 3:50 PM 16,052 Views 74 Comments

A motion that called for the government to be given the right to shut down a social media site if it leads to the death of a citizen was defeated by delegates on day two of the party’s Ard Fheis in Killarney.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

News of 100 mortgage write-downs shows crisis 'akin to Russian roulette'
# Arrears
# Arrears

News of 100 mortgage write-downs shows crisis 'akin to Russian roulette'

Mar 19th 2014, 6:58 PM 14,417 Views 64 Comments

“One bank’s sustainable solution could be another bank’s unsustainable mortgage leading to repossession proceedings,” Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said today.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

‘Considerable protections already apply to people who are in mortgage difficulties’
# Consensus
# Consensus

‘Considerable protections already apply to people who are in mortgage difficulties’

Mar 4th 2014, 9:00 PM 11,044 Views 22 Comments

Despite Fergus O’Dowd’s criticism of the Fianna Fáil’s bill, the government will not oppose its passage.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Here’s how the government spent more than €100m on banking sector advice
# Consultancy
# Consultancy

Here’s how the government spent more than €100m on banking sector advice

Feb 22nd 2014, 7:56 PM 11,421 Views 56 Comments

Arthur Cox alone has received €12.2 million of these fees since 2011.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Noonan confirms he said no to bonuses in face-to-face meeting with AIB bosses
# Incentivisation
# Incentivisation

Noonan confirms he said no to bonuses in face-to-face meeting with AIB bosses

Feb 15th 2014, 12:10 PM 7,922 Views 31 Comments

The Finance Minister has confirmed he met with officials from the bank, but “personally reinforced” that there are currently no plans to re-introduce bonuses.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 9 February, 2014

30 former AIB senior execs asked to take pension reduction
# Banking
# Banking

30 former AIB senior execs asked to take pension reduction

Feb 9th 2014, 8:45 AM 11,264 Views 42 Comments

The news broke last year that senior executives were being asked to take voluntary pension cuts.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 23 January, 2014

€1.9 billion in outstanding debt on sub-prime mortgages in arrears
# Mortgages
# Mortgages

€1.9 billion in outstanding debt on sub-prime mortgages in arrears

Jan 23rd 2014, 8:10 AM 7,241 Views 127 Comments

This amounts to more than half of the overall outstanding debt on these mortgages.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

'We need to know what the strategy is': FF urges government to push for debt deal
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

'We need to know what the strategy is': FF urges government to push for debt deal

Jan 21st 2014, 12:35 PM 3,894 Views 29 Comments

“We need to know what the strategy is. At the moment we’re really in a vacuum,” Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath said today.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

We don’t intend to lose the discipline that's been put in the system by the Troika - Taoiseach
# Bailout Exit
# Bailout Exit

We don’t intend to lose the discipline that's been put in the system by the Troika - Taoiseach

Dec 17th 2013, 3:39 PM 5,163 Views 40 Comments

Launching a new economic strategy today, the Government says they want unemployment down to 10 per cent by 2016 and under 6 per cent by 2020.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 16 December, 2013

Job predictions "cold comfort" says McGrath
# Bailout Exit
# Bailout Exit

Job predictions "cold comfort" says McGrath

Dec 16th 2013, 9:35 AM 4,703 Views 61 Comments

The Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson says he wants more detail on the government’s plans to grow the economy.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 18 November, 2013

Fianna Fáil TD 'definitely did not like MILF page' on Facebook
# Hacked Off
From The Daily Edge
# Hacked Off

Fianna Fáil TD 'definitely did not like MILF page' on Facebook

Nov 18th 2013, 4:46 PM 47,048 Views 62 Comments

Michael McGrath said his Facebook page was hacked, and has now been taken offline.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 17 November, 2013

"We want an exit, but we want a sustainable exit" - McGrath calls for credit line
# Bailout
# Bailout

"We want an exit, but we want a sustainable exit" - McGrath calls for credit line

Nov 17th 2013, 1:13 PM 6,191 Views 96 Comments

In response to the Fianna Fáil TD, the Communications Minister said that the Government had made “some pretty good shots”.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 15 November, 2013

Gilmore insists: Bailout exit without credit line was not for political reasons
# Bailout Exit
# Bailout Exit

Gilmore insists: Bailout exit without credit line was not for political reasons

Nov 15th 2013, 5:04 PM 4,459 Views 68 Comments

The Tánaiste was speaking in London earlier today.

# 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 4,601 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 3,981 Views 24 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 13,008 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 6,708 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 7,496 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 9,206 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 7,425 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 6,898 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 3,917 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 7,651 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 6,173 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 5,706 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 4,216 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 5,536 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 8,555 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 6,573 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 6,878 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 14,487 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 31,734 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 4,091 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 4,762 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 12,394 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 19,294 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 5,071 Views 31 Comments

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