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 questions Tánaiste on extending welfare benefits for self employed

Fine Gael Meath West TD and member of the Oireachtas Social Protection Committee, Ray Butler has questioned the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, on the progress being made on extending social welfare benefits for the self-employed. Deputy Butler raised the matter in the Dáil by way of a Topical Issue Debate.

Butler delighted at much-needed suspension of discretionary medical card review

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has today (Friday) welcomed the HSE’s decision to halt the review of discretionary medical cards. It comes after a meeting of the Cabinet Sub Committee on Health where the Government decided to address issues surrounding eligibility for the cards to take account of medical conditions, including new legislation if necessary.

Kells, Navan and Trim to receive €85,000 from Public Enhancement Scheme

Public areas in major Meath towns to be revitalised

Further funding allocated to pyrite remediation scheme will assist homeowners in Summerhill and Enfield

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement of further funding for the pyrite remediation scheme by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.

4,636 students in Co. Meath to benefit from vital school improvement works - Butler

Summer Works Scheme approved for 17 Meath schools