“Border counties should escape the chop” says Senator Joe O’Reilly

The government is estimating that €15 billion will have to be cut from the country’s budget in the next four years. The Taoiseach has said that most of the savings for 2011 will be reached through cuts in spending instead of new taxes and he has warned that nobody can escape the harsh measures.

Senator Joe O’Reilly believes that the border counties, having been deprived of inward investment for many years due to the troubles, should be spared from these severe cuts. “For many years the border counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Donegal have been the poor relations and have suffered from lack of investment” says Senator O’Reilly “facilities and infrastructure have greatly improved in recent years but we are still playing catch up. Projects like the Belturbet and the Virginia bypasses are of immense importance to the Cavan area and should not be shelved”

The government has recognized that taking a sizeable chunk of the pain in December’s Budget may dampen economic growth next year but believe it to be a necessary pain. Senator O’Reilly argues that areas like Cavan cannot afford further cut backs in spending.

“Unemployment in Cavan has risen by 80% in the last year, with immigration up by 50% in the same period”, Senator O’Reilly adds “There is no denying that the country’s finances are in a dire state but there needs to be some perspective here, if the Government make further cuts in these regions there will be very serious repercussions”.

Senator O’Reilly believes that a tough budget in December is inevitable. However, he is calling on the government to spare the ailing border counties that are suffering massively from the recession.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website