Monthly Archives: April 2015

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The economic recovery is gaining momentum and the Government has a plan to spread its benefits to everyone in Cavan and Monaghan- O’Reilly TD

Speaking after Minister Noonan’s Spring Economic Statement speech in the Dáil yesterday, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan has said that “The economic recovery is gaining momentum and the Government has a plan to spread its benefits to everyone in Cavan and Monaghan.”

“Fianna Fáil’s economic legacy and disastrous policies caused years of hardship for many people in this Country and in Cavan and Monaghan. Yesterday’s Spring Statement was a commitment from this Government that it is now time for better living standards and improved public services for the people. Almost every family in Cavan and Monaghan is directly or indirectly affected by emigration, the message that the Government was sending out yesterday is that it is time to give our young emigrants the opportunity to come home. The Government has a plan to create and cultivate the conditions to achieve this vision and the Spring Economic Statement shows that the plan is already working.”

“Since coming into Government in 2011, we have seen a drastic reduction of our national deficit, from €15 billion to €4.5 billion, and a move towards the European average. This was achieved with less tax increases, fewer expenditure cuts and the maintenance of the core social welfare rates, protecting the most vulnerable while getting the economy back on track.”

“We built more schools in the midst of the economic recovery than were built under Fianna Fáil and the Greens in the boom years. In Cavan, we have seen the approval of two new national schools for Mullagh and Virginia and the necessary funding for the long overdue Secondary School in Kingscourt. Two key education projects for the Cavan, which I am keen to see completed, are the Holy Family School in Cootehill and the new Third Level Education Campus for Cavan Institute and I remain committed to assisting their progress”.

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McGuinness says sustainable funding mechanisms must be found to support cross-border groups

Category : Mairead McGuinness

There is a risk that the excellent work and cross community social and economic activities fostered and promoted over several years by cross-border bodies could be seriously set back, unless sustainable funding mechanisms are found, Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament has said.

Following a meeting in Dundalk on Thursday (9th April) with representatives of three cross border groups, the East Border Region Group, ICBAN – the Irish Cross Border Area Network and the North West Region Cross Border Group, she said: “These groups have a strong track record of delivering projects at community level based on identifying needs in the region.

“The projects are many and varied and they underpin the development of the regions and also strongly underpin cross border political networks which are vital for deepening political understanding and which strengthen the peace process by facilitating communities on both sides of the border to meet and work together for the benefit of all.

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 35th Electronic Edition

Welcome to 35th edition of the Cavan Voice. I hope that you are continuing to enjoy my weekly updates.

Kindest Regards,
Joe O’Reilly TD

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O’Reilly welcomes payment of 2015 forestry premiums

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the announcement from Minister Tom Hayes (today, 14th April) that the 2015 Forestry Premium payments will be issued to Cavan and Monaghan forest owners by the end of this week.

Speaking after he was informed of this, by Minister Hayes, the Deputy said “I am pleased to learn that the annual tax-free forestry premium payments for 2015 will be issued by the Department of Agriculture today (14th April), with forest owners receiving payment by the end of this week.”

“Forest premiums are payable annually under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme, which also provide for planting and establishment grants for new afforestation projects that are compliant with national and EU legislation and operational and environmental guidelines.”

“I understand that 7,708 applications were processed nationally, for payment this year, with a value of €23.73 million and I the Minister has given assurances that forestry premium applications will continue to be processed by the Department, throughout the year.”

“In Cavan there are 9,827ha under private forestry with an output of €2.4 million and in Monaghan 3,407ha, with an annual output of €900,000. It is clear to see from these figures that this is a very important part of the Cavan/Monaghan Agricultural Sector and I am confident that the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020, which consists of 11 measures with increased grant and premium rates for new afforestation projects, will prove equally attractive to landowners.”

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“Agriculture and the EU – Sustainable Intensification, can we deliver”

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Speech by Mairead McGuinness MEP at the “Agriculture Education in the North East – Celebration of a Successful Partnership” conference hosted by Teagasc at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Friday March 27th, 2015.

My thanks and my congratulations to Dundalk Institute of Technology and to Teagasc for today’s conference. Today, we mark a successful partnership in education and enterprise development in the North East region.
I am no stranger to both Dundalk Institute and indeed to Teagasc, so I am particularly happy to be here today to acknowledge this important partnership working to educate the upcoming farmers, agri-food specialist and environmentalists.
There is a national, regional and strategic importance to the agri food sector – perhaps more so today than at any other time in the recent past. There is an understanding that for Ireland, the sector is of vital importance, due to its current export capacity and the potential for the future.
At EU level there is also a renewed focus on agriculture as a growth sector. Indeed this week we had the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the EU Commission and the European Investment Bank to provide low interest loans to the sector. This is the first time that the bank has targeted the sector.
We also meet in a week in which An Bord Bia hosted a large number of international food buyers in the country – some 400 international buyers from places such as China in town to sample and hopefully buy more Irish food.
The delegation met with real producers of food, seeing the Irish Countryside as they learned more about how we produce our food and why this country has the capacity to be a supplier of good quality food into the future.

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MEP congratulates Roscommon Macra champion

Category : Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP for Roscommon and Vice-President of the European Parliament has warmly welcomed the election of Seán Finan as the 35th President of Macra na Feirme saying:

“The position, historically and currently, is a hotly contested voluntary role in Irish community life which commands a great deal of respect. It affords great opportunity to help shape and influence public policy, not just in farming but in every aspect of rural community life.

“Macra is very much a youth organisation and has always been to the forefront in raising issues of concern to young people in rural and urban areas.
“Seán will now be in the pivotal position to carry that onerous torch at a time when agriculture is facing a new dawn with great opportunity and inevitably, some challenges too.

“I very much look forward to working with him, on home soil and in Europe, to minimise the challenges and maximise the opportunities in building a sustainable and vibrant agricultural and rural community,” she said.

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€12,522,802 for local authority housing will reduce the Cavan waiting list and create jobs – O’Reilly TD

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the allocation of €12,522,802 for local authority housing in Cavan. This is part of a national allocation of funding by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey TD, as part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November out to 2020.

“In Cavan, €12,522,802 has been allocated to the County Council for local authority housing. It is estimated that this funding will meet 32% of the housing need in Cavan which will go a long way towards reducing the waiting list. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.
“Along with all local authorities, Cavan County Council was asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015.

“In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

“In Cavan this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 100 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.”

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Cavan farmers to benefit from abolition of milk quotas – O’Reilly TD

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Yesterday, April 1st 2015, marked the ending of milk quotas across the European Union, resulting in huge benefits for Irish farmers. Commenting on this news, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, said “Yesterday marked a huge day for Irish Agriculture and for Cavan farmers as it brought to end the 31 year quota that had applied to milk production across the European Union.”

“With over 30,000 dairy cows in County Cavan, there is a real opportunity for Cavan Dairy Farmers to increase their production and export worldwide. The Dairy industry is strategically important to County Cavan, with Glanbia and Lakeland Dairies providing much needed employment in the County. It is now time for Cavan’s Dairy production to grow and the Minister has been preparing well for the abolition of the quota by exploring new global markets for our Dairy products. There is huge opportunity in third country markets, with China and Taiwan being two excellent examples.”
“Ireland’s Dairy production was at approximately 5.4 billion litres in 2013, which is roughly the same as it was back in 1984. Over the same time period, production in New Zealand, where they have a grass-based system similar to Ireland’s, has increased from 7.6 billion litres to about 19 billion litres.”

“We have been taking a whole of Government approach to prepare for the post quota era to ensure a smooth transition and to help Irish farmers capitalise. Budget 2015 provided for income averaging over five years when it comes to paying income tax bills, which is hugely beneficial for farmers. The Rural Development Plan prioritises the dairy sector in areas including on-farm investments and knowledge transfer programmes for farmers.”

“The agri-food sector is integral to the Government’s plan to spread the economic recovery and jobs growth to all parts of the country. Today’s abolition of milk quotas will play a huge role in this.”

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Cavan Live Register drops by 21.45% as economic 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 has fallen for the 33rd consecutive month with a drop of 21.45% in the number of people signing on in Cavan.”

“Today’s CSO figures show that the Live Register in Cavan has dropped by 21.45% since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The economic recovery has really taken hold now, and is starting to be felt in Cavan.”

“I know not everyone is feeling it quite yet, and that not everybody has regained the job they lost in the crisis, but the Government has a comprehensive plan to achieve full employment by 2018. With the success of Minister Richard Bruton’s Action Plan for Jobs so far, I am sure we can achieve this target and that Cavan will really feel the benefits.”

“What is really promising in this month’s CSO figures is the fact that over the last year, the number of under 25’s signing on the Live Register has dropped by 20.1%. While we’ll always have a number of young people who want to go away to experience new cultures and opportunities, it is so important that we are providing opportunities for young people here in Ireland, so that the majority of them have the choice to stay here and make a good life for themselves close to their families.

“Regional job creation is a key focus of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and the Regional Enterprise Strategy, is well underway, exploring the ways that communities all around Ireland can see the fruits of the economic recovery.”

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O’Reilly welcomes Investment for 18 Cavan Schools under Summer Works Scheme

Category : Joe O'Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly, has welcomed the announcement from Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan that 18 schools in Cavan are to benefit from a €36m nationwide investment programme.

Commenting on what this means for Cavan Schools, the Deputy said “I was pleased to learn that 18 Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Cavan are to received funding under this year’s Summer Works Scheme. This investment is the final part of the current Summer Works Scheme and will bring total investment in small and medium scale works in our primary and post-primary schools under the scheme to more than €108m”.

“The schools in question to benefit are;
Milltown National School, Ballinamoney National School, Corcreagh National School, Castlerahan Central National School, St Michaels National School, Mullahoran Central National School, Kilnaleck Mixed National School, Ballinagh National School, Scoil Bhride Killeshandra, Muff National School, Aughadreena National School, Scoil Mhuire Ballinagh, Ballyconnell Mixed National School, Lisboduff National School, Cavan 1 National School, Bailieborough Community School, St. Mogue’s College Belturbet and Virginia College.”

“Vital works will be carried out on these schools, such as window repair and replacement, upgrading of rooms and external improvements such as upgrading of school perimeter fences and walls. The majority of works will be carried out over the summer months to minimise disruption to students, teachers and other school staff.”

“While this is not only very positive news for these Cavan schools, it will also provide an important capital injection to the construction sector and boost job creation.”

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