Represented Ireland at Visit by Pope Francis
One of the most special occasions of my life was to represent Ireland on the visit of Pope Francis, to the Council of Europe on Tuesday. He has a wonderful presence, exuding goodness and spirituality. He gave an excellent address, outlining the contemporary relevance of core Christian values. We have to hope that he will visit Ireland, over the coming years.
Order of Business
On Thursday, during Order of Business, I asked about the publication of the heads of the Adoption (Tracing and Information) Bill.
I stressed the importance of this legislation, especially in the context of adopted persons wishing to trace their birth parents for medical reasons etc…
An Tanasite responded by saying that she too looks forward to this legislation however, there are a lot of legal and constitutional issues which need to be dealt with first. She assured me that she will take it up with the Minister for Children and see if a more definite timeline is available. I look forward to getting an update from the Minister on this important piece of legislation.
Best of luck to Mark O’Reilly, from Drumcor Loughduff and son of Ciaran & Mary O ‘Reilly, who is short-listed for the first ever ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition. This competition is being run by the Local Enterprise Offices. 24 finalists from 17 counties have now made it to the December national final at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin
Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs, all aged between 18 and 30 and from every county in Ireland, applied and it is a credit to Mark that he has made it to the final. I wish him the best of luck!
Councillor Maura Maguire Lynch.
On this Friday night – 5th December – a Presentation will be made in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva to 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. Maura decided to retire before the last election 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. Admission optional.
Local School Improvements
I was happy to have been informed by Minister O’Sullivan that Virginia College was approved for funding for roof repair and that St Aidan’s Comprehensive in Cootehill will receive funding for necessary structural improvements. This funding comes from the Department of Education’s Emergency Works Programme and I am happy to see that their applications were successful.
I was also happy to learn that Aughadreena National School were sanctioned funding, from the Department’s Building Unit, through the Additional Accommodation Scheme. Aughadreena National School, which is based in Lavey, Stradone, Co. Cavan has an excellent teaching staff, headed up by Principal Frances Reilly, and a very strong and active Board of Management and Parents Association. This news is tribute to the hard work that was put in on their initial application and it is excellent news for the school, its pupils and their parents.
Lavey Senior Social Club
I was very pleased to hear that Lavey Senior Social Club was approved a grant of €1,300 from the Department of Health’s 2014 allocation of the National Lottery funds. Senior Clubs, like Lavey Social Club, play an important role in every community, offering educational opportunities, support and information. I am pleased to see the continuation of the Department of Health’s National Lottery Funding Scheme, which enables these Clubs to continue their good work. This grant will go towards the general maintenance of the building which will ensure that the members of the Social Club have a safe and comfortable environment. I would like to congratulate Kathleen Tierney for the hard work that was put in on the initial application.