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. 


New school building projects for Meath in 2015 – Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler said today that Meath will benefit from three new school building projects in 2015.

Companies Bill will cut the red tape for business - Butler

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the passing of the Companies Bill through the Oireachtas, saying it will ease the burden of red tape on small business.

Meath beef and sheep farmers to receive payments this week – Butler

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has said that beef and sheep farmers in Meath are to receive payments this week, bringing to almost €54 million the amount of funding received by Meath farmers this year.

Over €9,000 towards sport and activity for older people in Meath - Butler

“A range of activities will be open to older people in Meath after €9,670 was allocated to local organisations” said Fine Gael TD for Meath West Ray Butler, after the Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD today awarded funding under the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2014.

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.