Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the news from Minister Paschal Donohoe, that the National Roads Authority have allocated €2,927,614 towards improvement and maintenance works in Cavan.

Commenting on this, the Deputy said ‘I was happy to learn that Cavan were allocated this significant level of funding. The projects to benefit are €300,000 for Virginia Main Street, €500,000 for the Belturbet By Pass, €475,000 for the N55 (Corduff to South Killydoon and Dundavan/Mullahoran realignment scheme), €700,000 for Bridge Rehabilitation across the County, €202,067 for Winter maintenance and lighting for our National Roads and €34,600 in additional support for maintenance and Winter Maintenance of Local Roads.’

‘I am pleased to see such funding for many important local projects, notably Virginia Main Street and the Belturbet By Pass. Our national road network is a key asset as our economy moves towards recovery and growth. Preserving it will significantly assist and drive economic activity. The NRA’s 2015 national road allocations will benefit our local authority and our communities across the county. The funding will be used for improvement and maintenance works on the existing network and also towards the progression of a number of projects through the design, planning, land acquisition and construction phases’ concluded the Deputy.


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Priorities for 2015

Category : Mairead McGuinness

As we get closer to the New Year, we begin reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to our priorities for 2015. In the Environment, food safety and public health committee a key priority is to finish the revision of the Medical Devices Legislation which is dragging on for too long. The European Parliament has its position and we are waiting for EU Health Ministers to come forward with their joint position so that we can sit down and negotiate a compromise. We need to update this legislation to improve patient safety and to give industry certainty to all for further innovation. This industry is important for Ireland, employing over 25,000 people and creating. Devices which enhance the quality of lives of people all over the world.

Monitoring the implementation of CAP reform will also be important for 2015. For commodities it is important that the Commission is pushed to intervene early and appropriately where agriculture markets are under pressure. The situation on the milk market in 2015 will have to be watched carefully.

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 30th Electronic Edition

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Water Services Bill

Last week I got the chance to speak during the Second Stage debate of the Water Services Bill. You can view a copy of my speech here.

            Opening of Castlemanor Retirement Village

On Friday, I attended the official opening of Castlemanor Retirement Village. This is a joint project between Cavan County Council and Tuath Housing Scheme. The new houses are beautiful and it is a wonderful concept. We are going to need a lot more of those .

 Maura Maguire-Lynch Function

Had a great night at Maura’s retirement function last week and I wish her well in her retirement.


On Monday, I held my monthly advice clinics in the Bailieborough area. I feel that advice clinics are a very important element of my work as a Public Representative as it is a great way to get around the County and meet people.

 Cavan County Council Christmas Dinner

I attended the Council Christmas function on Monday night in Mullagh. I thoroughly enjoyed the function in Killians Lodge, Mullagh. It was a great night, in a great venue. Well done to all concerned.

Annual Super Draw

Congratulations to Terry Argue who did an outstanding job as coordinator. He has been hugely successful in difficult times. A special thank you to all who sold or bought tickets. You have made a real contribution to our great party and to the maintenance of our democratic institutions.  

I was pleased to see that Cavan and Monaghan have sold the most amount of tickets, out of all the Constituencies, and have exceeded their quota by 174%. Well done to our own Terry Argue in Cavan for all his hard work in achieving this excellent outcome. Details of all the winners in Constituency will be available on the Fine Gael website , over the coming days.

Elderly Support Clubs Funding

I was glad to learn that 54 groups and clubs, across Cavan were awarded funding from the Department of Sport’s National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2014.  The funding will go a long way towards the purchase of equipment, to help the clubs to run sports events or try new activities. These clubs are the lifeblood for every community in the County and provide an excellent service for older people and their families. I am delighted that so many Clubs in Cavan were awarded funding, under this year’s allocation. You can view my press statement and list of clubs who were awarded funding here:

Farm Payments

I was delighted to learn from Minister Coveney that “€267,213.25 has been allocated under the Grassland Sheep Scheme for Cavan. This will benefit 697 sheep farmers. 339 Monaghan sheep farmers are also set to benefit with a shared sum of €145,011.28. I welcome this funding as it will provide a very important and timely boost to support incomes in the sheep sector.

The announcement in relation to the Beef Genomics Scheme will also be welcomed by Cavan and Monaghan farmers. 1,486 farmers in Cavan will share a sum of €970,240.00, while €677,800.00 will be divided among 1,028 beef farmers in Monaghan.  

You can read my press statement on this here.  


I had a very constructive meeting with the Cavan IFA on the upcoming GLAS Scheme and have brought their concerns to Minister Coveney. When the scheme is up and running it will be of enormous benefit to County Cavan.  

Over 70’s Medical Cards

I raised the question of free access to GP’s for over 70’s. I raised this question directly with the Taoiseach in the Dail. I made the point to the Taoiseach that it is important to remove financial stress around sickness, for over 70’s. it is also important to have early detection and treatment of illnesses. You can read An Taoiseach’s response here.

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 29th Electronic Edition

Category : Joe O'Reilly

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.

Young Entrepreneur

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.