Monthly Archives: January 2015

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 31st Electronic Edition

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Welcome to 31st edition of the Cavan Voice. I hope that you are continuing to enjoy my weekly updates.

Kindest Regards,
Joe O’Reilly TD

Branch Meetings

We have had really successful Branch Annual General Meetings, since Christmas. Thanks to all who went to them and particularly to those who accepted Offices. Amongst the meetings held to date are Tullyvin, Kingscourt, Mullagh, Cavan Town, Bailieborough, Laragh. Thanks to Peter O’Reilly, Organiser (Phone) and Michael Smith (County Chair) for the background work. Thanks also to my office team. If you are anxious to hold your AGM shortly, it will be very welcome and you should call Peter. These are crucial meetings for the future of Party.

Dáil Contributions

I have made a number of Dail contributions recently. You can view them through here and here.

Advice Clinics

I had a very good and extensive run around the Ballyjamesduff area, on the 3rd Monday of January. I met a lot of people and found the day particularly useful. Next Monday, I will be in the Bailieborough area, in the following locations at the following times;

Cootehill- The White Star Complex- 2:00pm-3:00pm
Shercock- St. Patrick’s Hall- 3:15pm-4:15pm
Kingscourt- Dún A Rí House Hotel- 4:30pm-5:30pm
Bailieborough- 2 Chapel Road (Residence)- 5:45pm-6:45pm

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Outlook for the AGRI-Food sector on a Global/European level

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Outlook for the AGRI-Food sector on a Global/European level
– Challenges and opportunities.

AIB Agri Seminar,
Mullingar Park Hotel

Mairead McGuinness MEP

Good evening, my thanks to AIB for their invitation to be here this evening at this Agri Seminar, looking at the outlook for the agri-food sector, the challenges and the opportunities.
Reform of the CAP, preparation for the abolition of milk quotas and the beef crisis dominated the agriculture agenda last year.
This year, implementation of CAP reforms, pressure to complete trade deals, concerns about the milk market, fears about super-levy bills and dare I say it, renewed optimism in beef will dominate.
The long term future is bright for food producers. Globally demand for food is set to rise significantly as the world population increases. It is expected that by 2050 the global population will rise by 9 billion and consequently there is a growing demand for food.
Within that optimistic future scenario the fortunes of the different Agriculture sectors will vary and price volatility, already a feature of the agriculture commodity marketplace, will continue and intensify.

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DEVELOPMENT AID – A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN OUR OWN FUTURE

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Development Aid is a moral and ethical imperative but it also makes sense from a purely self-interest point of view, Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, said at a special event held in the Parliament’s Dublin offices, today (Friday) to mark European Year of Development 2015.
“Irish people have a noble and proud track record of supporting development. Despite our economic difficulties we contributed 0.46 of our Gross National Product or over €637 million to such support in 2013. But we’re far more powerful than that,” she said. “Whether it is our island nature or our history or a combination of both we innately understand the importance of reaching out.

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Order of Business

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Apart from making a regular contribution on legislation currently passing through the Dáil, the Standing Orders provision, under Order of Business, allows Dáil Deputies to ask questions regarding upcoming legislation. An Taoiseach generally takes these questions every Tuesday and Wednesday and the Tánaiste will take them on a Thursday.

Below are two of my most recent questions;

 

 Building Control Bill

Deputy Joe O’Reilly: What is the status of the new building control Bill, given that the construction sector is getting going again? It is important that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and that there is proper regulation. It is also important that subcontractors are paid properly this time around and that we have control and high standards of building, good payment methods and an effectively regulated sector. This is a very important Bill.

The Tánaiste: That Bill will come before the House this year.

 

 Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Deputy Joe O’Reilly: What is the progress of the public health (alcohol) Bill? We have a changing pattern of alcohol consumption bringing particular challenges in health and social life. The traditional Irish pub, which is so important for our tourism product and social life, is under threat.

The Taoiseach: A great deal of work is being done on it. Measures on aspects such as advertising and minimum unit pricing will be dealt with by regulation. Sponsorship, marketing and advertising are receiving much attention and we discussed the issues on Monday at a Cabinet sub-committee. We will make a decision on that element of it in the near future.


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Cavan Branch AGM

Category : Cavan

The AGM for the Cavan town branch was held last night, Tuesday, the 20th of January, 2015. Attendees included Joe O’Reilly TD, Councillor Madeleine Argue, and County Chairman Michael Smith.

The officers elected for 2015 were:
Chairman: Neil Brady
Secretary: Tony Smith
Assistant Secretary: Maura Smith
Treasurer: Des Crossan
PRO: Paraic Farrelly


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A time for unity

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Unfortunately, Europe has had to endure a tragic and shocking start to the New Year in 2015 in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Wednesday, 7th January.

I along with my colleagues send our deepest sympathies to those affected by the attacks and stand in solidarity with the overwhelming majority of French and European citizens who want to live in a free and safe society that embraces and celebrates diversity and respects human rights.

The deadly shootings in Paris were an attack on freedom of speech and have certainly raised the issues of fundamentalism and security higher than ever on the European political agenda. This week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, France saw MEPs open the Parliamentary week with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the attacks and in a gesture of solidarity.

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Member States free to ban GMOs – Mairead McGuinness

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Today’s vote in the European Parliament grants Member States the power to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory, according to Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament.
“The new Directive amends current legislation and allows Member States to pass legally binding acts restricting or prohibiting the cultivation of GMO crops in their territory even where these crops have been authorised by the EU,” McGuinness said in Strasbourg today (Tuesday).
“It has taken years to reach this position with division between and within Member States on GMOs”, McGuinness said.

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