Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Child and Family Relationships Bill 2015

Category : Joe O'Reilly

I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, on her introduction of this Bill, which is complex but rational and workable legislation, and for being so progressive in carrying on the type of reforming work commenced by her predecessor, rather than leaving things as they are and taking the “cute” political option.

Like Deputy Ó Caoláin, I come from a part of the country where people tend to look at issues with a certain amount of pragmatism and rationale. We pride ourselves on that. I would like to dispel a few of the myths and distortions around this Bill. Many people do not appear to understand what is at issue, which has led to many popular myths around the legislation. It is known to many but not to all that 36% of children are born outside the traditional family model, 352,000 children are currently cared for by lone parents and only 233 children are currently being reared by same-sex couples. Let us be proportionate about this. It is also worth mentioning that these 233 children are being reared by same-sex couples irrespective of the effects of this legislation.

Adoption is a very complex and difficult process, and our provisions must fit with the Hague Convention. To obtain an assessment for a declaration of eligibility, an applicant must apply in the first instance to the HSE, which is a complex and rigorous process that lasts as long as seven years and includes interviews, group sessions and one-to-one sessions. To put this in perspective, between January and September 2014 only 83 children were adopted in this country. Because of other progressive legislation, the number of children available for adoption has radically decreased. Also, foreign adoptions must comply with Irish criteria for eligibility. Foreign adoption is an expensive process that is often fraught with delays. It is important to put that background information on the record.

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Out and about in the Constituency

Category : Mairead McGuinness

It was good to be out and about in the constituency last week with a visit to the West taking in Mayo and Galway.

I attended a meeting of concerned residents in Galway affected by the proposed new routes for the bypass of the city.

Clearly people were deeply concerned about the lack of consultation about the routes and were fearful of their family homes and communities being divided by a bypass.
There is a serious traffic problem in and around Galway and a solution is needed, but must be found in consultation with the people not in conflict with them.

Equally it is disturbing that some people are still affected by CPOs for the last 15 years – from the original problem ridden route. They live constantly with uncertainty about their future in their homes and with those lands frozen.

In Galway, I also launched the European Union on Campus initiative at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) to boost graduate interest in careers in the EU. I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet and speak with the students attending NUIG about the functioning of the EU and its institutions.

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LATEST STUDY FINDS IRISH PEOPLE POSITIVE ON EU

Category : Mairead McGuinness

A major new Eurobarometer study has found that an overwhelming majority of Irish people, 69pc, think Ireland’s membership of the EU is a good thing while 11pc believe it to be a bad thing. Across the rest of Europe the comparable figures were 54pc and 14pc.

The research also shows that 47pc of Irish people, a similar percentage to their European counterparts, want to see the European Parliament play an even more important role than it currently does. 30pc of Irish people would like to see it play a lesser role while 16pc were undecided.

Commenting on the latest research Mairead McGuinness Fine Gael MEP who was elected Vice President of the European Parliament following last year’s elections, said: “This latest study shows that Irish people, along with their European neighbours, really like the stronger powers given to the most democratic of all EU institutions, the European Parliament, the only institution directly elected by the people.”

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MEP SAYS COMBILIFT JOBS EVIDENCE OF GROWING DOMESTIC ECONOMY

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament has said this morning’s announcement of 200 new jobs for Monaghan over the next five years with a €40 million investment by local firm Combilift in a whole new facility in Monaghan is yet further evidence that the economic growth trend is in the right direction.
“Combilift is an excellent local company exporting machinery across the globe to 75 countries. There is no better example of indigenous manufacturing excellence.
“The company says the new facility will help it double its current turnover of €150m within five years. That is very good news indeed, not just in terms of jobs but it will have a ripple effect across the economy of the border region.
“And it will compensate somewhat for the loss of 140 jobs at the Bose plant in Carrickmacross, which it has to be said was very much at odds with the current growth trend,” she said.
Ms McGuinness said this was further underlined by a slew of new economic data this week that point to an economy growing at the fastest rate in Europe.
“The unemployment rate fell to 10.5pc this week, steadily declining from a high of 15pc . I think that we can now be very optimistic that growth will accelerate. What is particularly gratifying is to see such growth happening more and more amongst indigenous Irish companies like Combilift and to see it finally spreading out into the regions.
“While there is a long way to go yet, the trend is most certainly in the right direction,” she said.
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Live Register down by 19.75% in Cavan as rural recovery takes hold – O’Reilly TD

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the news that the Live Register Figures for Cavan are down by 19.75%, since the Action Plan for Jobs was announced in February, 2012.

‘The fact that unemployment has dropped for 31 consecutive months in a row and that in Cavan there has been a fall of almost 20%, is very welcome and encouraging news. This is a clear sign that our economy is well and truly out of the freefall that Fianna Fail left it in in 2011. The fact that more and more people are entering the jobs market is a sign of real recovery’ stated the Deputy.

‘While our National unemployment rates have fallen dramatically, from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today, the fact that this is now filtering down to rural parts of the country, like Cavan, is very significant. Without a doubt, more work remains to done and I expect to see a further drop in these figures in the coming months. This year there will be an increased focus on job creation outside of the main urban centres as the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton is preparing to launch a pilot programme of the Regional Enterprise Strategy. This strategy will specifically address growing economies in rural areas’ explained Deputy O’Reilly.

‘Today’s announcement of 200 new jobs for Combilift in Monaghan, is a clear illustration that things are beginning to move in the right direction. As the economy grows the Government is in a position to give back to the Irish people who have sacrificed so much. Since last month workers everyone paying income tax now have more money in their pockets, thanks to changes made to the tax and USC system in Budget 2015. However, we know that personal taxation is still too high. We are committed to pursuing policies that make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy’ said the Deputy.

The Government has brought in a range of measures aimed at getting the long-term unemployed back to work including initiatives to address skills shortages, get people retrained and help the unemployed to access the workforce. Getting people back to work is top of this Government’s agenda and this is reflected in every aspect of our economic strategies over the past two years’ concluded Deputy O’Reilly.

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Customs Bill 2014

Category : Joe O'Reilly

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. This week, a cross-Border raid on properties connected to an organised tobacco smuggling outfit resulted in the seizure of millions of cigarettes and a large quantity of cash. Some 334,000 branded cigarettes were recovered, with a retail value of €167,000 and potential tax revenue of just over €100,000. This was a significant result for Customs and Excise, Revenue, the Garda and, ultimately, the Irish taxpayer. It would not have been possible without strong legislation to back these organisations up. This is why I welcome the Bill. Some of our existing legislative provisions date back to 1876 and this Bill will make some of the more outdated provisions redundant. It is important that we update and consolidate our legislation to reflect these changing times and I commend the Minister for bringing this reforming legislation to the House. It would be remiss not to commend him also for bringing us back from the point of economic Armageddon. If events had continued in the way they were looking at one stage, this would be a minor item on our agenda. We would be in the economic abyss but for the actions of the Minister and the Government.

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O’Reilly welcomes 200 new jobs for Monaghan

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has today (6th February) welcomed the news from Minister Bruton and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, that 200 new jobs are to be created over the next five years by Combilift, as part of a €40 million investment by the company over the next two years in building a new, state-of-the-art, greenfield manufacturing site.

Commenting on this news, the Deputy said ‘I was delighted to be informed by the Minister and An Taoiseach that there are 200 new jobs coming on stream for the Constituency. This is wonderful news for the area. I understand that the majority of the jobs will be in the areas of skilled technicians and design engineers. The land, which is zoned for the site of the new building, will also create a further 200 jobs, during its two-year construction.’

‘The Department of Jobs and Enterprise Ireland are on site to assist Combilift with doubling its current €150 million turnover over the next five years’ continued the Deputy.

‘This Government has been given the task of getting this country back on its feet and today’s news shows that economic recovery is real for people in the Cavan/Monaghan Constituency. In the past two years we have seen a net increase of over 13,500 in employment by Irish exporting companies and we are on track to meet our target of creating 100,000 jobs by 2016’ concluded Deputy O’Reilly.

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