Category : Joe O'Reilly
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.
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.
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.
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.