Monthly Archives: November 2014

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 28th Electronic Edition

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Press StatementsI issued press releases during the week- you might be interested in reading them, the links are as follows;

St Mogues

It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils of St Mogue’s College Bawnboy, to the Dail on Wednesday. They were a very pleasant group and seemed to have a real enthusiasm for learning.

Informal meeting with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

I chaired a meeting of the Good Friday Committee, with Minister Paschal Donohoe, during which we discussed Cross Border Roads and very particularly the realignment and development of the A5. The meeting was really positive and I believe will certainly be helpful.

Launch of Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs

We prepared a report on votes for Irish citizens abroad and had a very good launch of it last week, which generated considerable interest.  We also launched a commentary on the Europe 2020 strategy. I got a strong emphasis put on the need for balanced regional development, with special reference to this Border Midland Region.

If you are interested in copies of either report you are welcome to get in touch with my Office and we will arrange to have them sent out to you.

Dail Contribution

I spoke in the Dail this week on the Social Welfare Bill. You can view a copy of it here. 

Kingscourt School Project

I tabled a Parliamentary Question to Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD, asking for an update on the Kingscourt Secondary School Project and was happy to get an affirmative response, which you can read here.

COPD Presentation

This week I met with some suffers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their advocates, in the Dáil. They gave an excellent presentation and COPD Support Ireland are doing a fantastic job with raising awareness of this serious condition.

Chaired the Dáil

As part of role as member of the panel of temporary chairs, I chaired Dáil session this week. A range of important topical issues were discussed.

Water Services Motion

This week I also contributed to the Water Services Motion and you can read a copy of my speech here

Presentation Night for Former Councillor, Maura Maguire Lynch.

On Friday of next week – 5th December – a Presentation will be made to my good friend and colleague,  former County Councillor Mrs Maura Maguire Lynch to mark her retirement from Cavan County Council. Maura had served 15 years on the Council during which time she worked hard for anyone who made contact with her. She never asked anyone their politics but she endeavoured to help them at all times. She treated everyone with the utmost respect and as a result she was held in the highest esteem by all who came in contact with her. Maura was following in a proud tradition as her father Joe Maguire served with distinction from 1967 until he passed away in 1988 following which her mother took up the mantle and served the remainder of that term. Mary was elected twice after that and when she retired in 1999 Maura contested the election that year. She was elected without reaching the Quota but at the two subsequent election’s she topped the Poll such was the amount of work she undertook for the people of her area. Once her area changed Maura had no hope of being elected at the last election so she decided to retire and her friends from the old Belturbet District Executive decided to honour her and the Town Councillors from Belturbet – Peggy Gray, John Mc Donald, Barry Wilson and John Scott. The Guest Speaker on the night will be Deputy Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht while other T.D’s, Senators and Councillors will be in attendance. Food will be served from 10.30 pm to 11.00 pm and the Presentations will be made at 11.30 pm sharp. There is an open invitation to everyone in the community to attend and it should be an enjoyable occasion. Music will be supplied by Ian Corrigan.

Young Entrepreneurs

I was delighted to learn that two young men from Cavan and Monaghan were shortlisted for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Award. You can read a statement from me on this here.  Well done to Cavan man Mark O’Neill’s company, Complete Receipt and Monaghan man, Steven Murphy’s company, Old Carrick Mill. 

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 27th Electronic Edition

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Branch Meetings

We had our first Branch Meeting in Tullyvin, a little over a week ago. It was very successful and augers well for the future. We are proceeding with a number of Branch Meetings in West Cavan, over the coming week or two,  and the Kingscourt AGM will take place on the 20th. I look forward to visiting your area, in this way, during the year.

Minister Coffey

We had a very successful Ministerial visit from Minister Coffey recently. We put a focus on East Cavan and specifically the area where the Local Elections hadn’t gone as well. I hope we can have more such visits, between now and the General Election.

National County Councillors Dinner

I attended the National County Councillors Function in the Hotel Kilmore. It was a very successful night and a good social occasion.

Cavan Town Clinics

Every Friday I meet people in the Office (Teach Fine Gael, 11 Rossa Place), in Cavan Town. If you have an issue that you would like me to help you on, I am available in the Office, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Presidential Dinner

I attended the annual Fine Gael Presidential Dinner in Dublin. It was well supported and in with considerable optimism around.

Monthly Clinics

I had my monthly clinics in the Bailieborough area and they proved very worthwhile. I look forward to visiting the Ballyjamesduff area this coming Monday, 17 November. I will be in the following areas;

Mullagh                Kilians Lodge Hotel           12:00pm  1:00pm
Virginia                 Riverfront Hotel                  1.15pm – 2.15pm
Ballyjamesduff   Reasons Bar                      2:30pm – 3.30pm
Gowna                   Pikers Lodge Hotel            4:00pm – 5:00pm
Kilcogy                  Sheridan’s Pub                    5:30pm – 6.30pm
Ballyheelan         Buddy Kiernan’s                  7:00pm – 8:00pm

EU Affairs Committee Meeting

I attended and spoke at last weeks European Affairs Committee. The Committee met with the ‘Better Europe Alliance’, and we spoke on the issue of the Report Response to 2014 Country Specific Recommendations for Ireland. You can view  a copy of my speech here.

Good Friday Meeting

In my role as Vice-Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for the Implementation for the Good Friday Agreement, I had an informal meeting with the North Down Community Assistance Youth Group. At the end of our meeting, I invited them to visit Cavan, on an exchange visit, with a similar Youth Group. I look forward to this coming about.

Irish Water

I attended a briefing, with some Oireachtas colleagues, and Mr Tierney from Irish Water. During this briefing, I managed to bring the concerns, that many constituents who have contacted me hold, regarding Irish Water and the metering programme. I also emphasised the need for an early start for the Kingscourt Works.

Finance Bill

Last week also saw the chance to speak on the Finance Bill 2014. You can view my speech here. 


I attended the Mullagh ‘One Act’ Drama Festival. I really enjoyed this festival and was delighted to attend. The standard was incredible and the hospitality similar. ‘Mil Race Players’ from Mullagh, deserve great credit. Their Hall is beautiful.

Cavan Town Win

I was delighted to learn that Cavan Town won the award for “Best for people with disabilities” in World Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  Cavan Town was the only Irish finalist on the list and were joint winners with Campo and Parque dos Sonhos.

Flu Injection

With Flu season upon us, I recently paid a visit to my GP and got my annual Flu Vaccine. I would encourage anyone who is 65 years, or older, with diabetes, heart disease, who works in the caring profession or is a healthcare worker, to strongly consider getting the vaccine.

Beef Protest

At the weekend, I joined the farmers on the Picket line in Ballyjameduff, with my colleague Cllr. Paddy Smith. It is vital that our Beef Sector remain viable. In that context, I was delighted with the €100 per calf, for the first 10 calves initiative, under the Beef Genomics Scheme.