The Weekly Cavan Voice

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I am very happy to welcome you to the 5th edition of the Cavan voice. I continue to get good feedback from this initiative and I hope you find this helpful also.

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Canvassing with Jim Higgins MEP

Last Sunday week, I took part in a canvas of Cavan town with Jim Higgins MEP. There was a large group accompanying Jim and thankfully we were able to match it at the Cavan end. The canvas was a great success. We could sense a realisation among the electorate that all the tough actions we took were for the common good and are yielding results.
Leading the large group of Cavan canvassers were Mr. Michael Smith, County Chairman, Councillors Madeline Argue, John O’Hare and County PO Mr. Brian Maguire.

Visit of Minister Leo Varadkar

On Thursday last, Minister Varadkar was in the constituency to open the newly built M55 and the bypass of Belturbet. These are major projects and it was a big day for the Minister, the Council and all of us who were privileged to be in attendance.
The Minister met our Councillors and our County Executive for an hour in Party Headquarters. We put a succinct case to him for additional funding for local and regional roads. I am confident that the Minister was listening carefully and that it will ultimately yield results.

Active Travel Town Programme

I am very happy to hear that €500,000 has been allocated to Cavan County Council under Active Travel Town programme. The programme is designed to improve cycling infrastructure and to facilitate mode change within towns. It is a specific fund for small and large towns outside of the cities.
It is expected that these funds will be used to improve cycling connections to and from schools, introduce traffic calming measures where applicable and perhaps also allow for on and off-road greenways in the town. The funding comes in addition to an allocation of €70,000 received recently to clean up our towns, parks and recreational areas.

Quietly in the Ramor Theatre

I attended the Abbey production of Eoin McCafferty’s new play Quietly in the Ramor Theatre last Friday night. It has been claimed by the Irish Times as the best new Irish play of this year. It certainly lives up to that billing. Anyone who doubts the tragic destructive nature of violence in Northern Ireland could leave in no doubt. It is a chilling study of how violence brutalises both the perpetrator and the victim. The set and the acting are extraordinary. It was a great night for Virginia.

Maynooth Drama Society Production

I attended a production of the American play ‘Spike Heels’ in Maynooth University last Thursday. It was a very entertaining production; I was a proud Dad as my son Alexis had a leading role and took to the stage like a duck to water.

Kilinkere Branch Fine Gael AGM

I attended the Kilinkere branch AGM last week. Although the attendance was small, the people who were there are ready to launch an all-out election campaign in the area. They are high calibre people who will get the right result.
I also briefly had the opportunity to speak to members regarding the no confidence situation regarding Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter TD. I reminded the members that the Minister has responded quickly to what essentially are legacy items. The Minister has in fact been very progressive and forward-thinking in the period he has held office, particularly on a range of topics from white collar crime to human trafficking. For there to be a vote of no confidence against him, it would assume that he has been negligent or done wrong, neither of which is true.

The Council of Europe

I have been given the great privilege by our party leader, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD of leading the Irish delegation to the Council of Europe. This week I had the job of putting the Irish perspective on the Ukraine forward as the Council of Europe were preparing a response. With the assistance of colleagues, we got the Irish view accepted. That is important both to our country and to world-being. I also spoke at the plenary session of the Council about Ukraine and also on improving user-protection and security in cyber space which is vital in this digital age.

Michael D Higgins State Visit to the United Kingdom

As Vice-Chairman of the Joint-Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, I am enthusiastic and optimistic about President Higgins’ state visit to the United Kingdom this week.
The state visit is not only significant in promoting a positive relationship between the two countries; it also provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen economic links with Britain.
There are 200,000 jobs in Ireland which are estimated to have been directly created by trade with the UK. 50% of our beef and 42% of our food and drink exports went directly to the UK last year.
Other sectors will feel the positive effects as well. In 2013, Cavan received an estimated 51,000 visitors from the United Kingdom generating approximately €13 million in revenue. President Higgins’ visit will only serve to build upon those important economic links with one of our biggest trading partners
Apart from the trade that will arise from this visit, President Higgins is also boosting the morale of Irish emigrants living in the United Kingdom, a community which has left a mark on and continues to contribute to the culture of British cities.



Thanks to Lorraine Teevan for the photo

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