Ray Butler TD

Since being elected as the T.D. for Meath West in February 2011, Ray has a proven track record of standing up for local people and achieving success. Ray consistently takes the issues that matter to local people right to the very top, lobbying the Taoiseach, Minister for Finance and other senior Ministers on a range of issues. Sustaining economic growth in Meath, by supporting businesses to expand, and helping people back into work are all personal priorities for Ray.

Ray supports many local community groups and charities, and he has also personally campaigned to establish a Memorial to the Dead of the Great War from Meath, in recognition of their ultimate sacrifice. He is a long-standing and committed supporter of Special Olympics Ireland, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland and Down Syndrome Ireland – to name but a few. These are just a few of the groups and organisations that do remarkable work throughout Meath and the rest of the country, and Ray makes regular visits to charities and community groups so he can see their good work in action, and so he can learn how to support them in any way he can.

He also continues to campaign for vital safety improvements on local roads, an increased availability of social housing and for better broadband in the constituency.

In the Dáil, Ray has raised important local and national issues, and he serves on the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection to make sure that Government legislation receives proper scrutiny in these areas, with particular emphasis on securing social welfare entitlements for the self-employed. Outside the chamber, he continues to be very involved in organising local cultural events, festivals and fundraisers – a role he attaches great importance to.

Ray has a background in business, and before he was elected a T.D., he was self-employed for over twenty years.  

Originally from Kells, Ray lives in Trim with his wife Marie and four children. 


Butler welcomes long overdue supports for children with Down syndrome

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has welcomed what he terms “long overdue supports for children with Down syndrome”, following the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan of an allocation of resource teacher support to children with Down syndrome.

Opportunity for Meath County Council to review speed limits - Butler

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler has called for a full review of speed limits currently in place across County Meath. Deputy Butler was speaking today (Thursday), on foot of the launch of a new document entitled ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits’, which has been produced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD.

Meath clubs should apply now for Sports Capital Funding - Butler

“Meath clubs should apply now for Sports Capital funding,” says Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler. Deputy Butler was speaking after confirmation from the Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, that an extra €40 million has been secured for Sports Capital Programme in 2015.

Community groups to access €13 million for energy upgrades - Butler

“Meath community groups should apply for funding to upgrade their energy systems, now that €13 million has been made available”, says Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler.

Butler encourages farmers to attend Meath CAP meeting

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has encouraged Meath farmers to attend a meeting on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) taking place in Trim on Wednesday, 11th March 2015. The meeting forms part of a series of 14 regional information meetings in relation to CAP implementation.