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. 


Medical card for cancer patients under 18 provides relief for parents - Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has welcomed the confirmation from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD that children under 18 with a cancer diagnosis will be issued with a medical card for five years.

New Garda power to arrest disqualified drivers to come into force - Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has said that new powers for An Garda Síochána, allowing them to arrest people who drive while disqualified from doing so will make roads in Co. Meath safer.

First phase of capital grants launched for Ireland’s Ancient East - Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has said that there has been great progress on the Ireland’s Ancient East tourism initiative and has encouraged local groups and businesses to apply for the first phase of capital grants to develop visitor experiences. Deputy Butler was speaking on receipt of an update on the project from Fáilte Ireland.

25 Meath schools to benefit from summer works scheme – Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has today (Thursday) welcomed the news that 25 schools in Meath are set to benefit from the Summer Works Scheme in 2015. Deputy Butler was speaking after the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD, announced a €36 million investment in 559 schools across the country.

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.