• Launch of the Independent Alliance

    Launch of the Independent Alliance

  • Michael Fitzmaurice at the Sacred Heart Hospital & Care Home, Roscommon

    Michael Fitzmaurice at the Sacred Heart Hospital & Care Home, Roscommon

  • Michael Fitzmaurice presents the Apprenticeship Proposal to Shane Ross

    Michael Fitzmaurice presents the Apprenticeship Proposal to Shane Ross

A Message from Michael Fitzmaurice

Michael Fitzmaurice pictureI am proud to say that my roots go deep into the soil of Ireland.  I was born into a small farm in the parish of Glinsk / Creggs on the Roscommon / Galway border.  I work this land and am fully acquainted with the difficulties and obstacles faced by small farmers everywhere.

I am married to Maria and we have three young children.  My greatest Hope is that my children and yours will be Free to build decent lives for themselves here in the West of Ireland, should they choose to do so. I am committed to doing everything in my power to make this “Hope” a reality.

I am probably best known as Chairperson of the “Turf Cutters and Contractors Association”(TCCA).  As part of the TCCA, I along local communities everywhere have been fighting to retain the Right of the Irish People to “Cut their Own Turf, for their Own Use, in their own Bogs”.

I run an Agricultural and Turf Contracting business, which provides local employment on a seasonal and full-time basis.  Small and medium enterprise provides the best hope of future prosperity in the countryside and in our rural towns.

Our rural towns and villages have been neglected by successive governments. This neglect is evident in the removal of services, the loss of jobs and the lack of infrastructural investment in the surrounding countryside. read more…