Welcome to the 4th electronic edition of the Cavan Voice. May I wish you and yours a wonderful and memorable Easter.
Visit of Minister James Reilly
During the last week, we had a visit from Minister James Reilly to the constituency, it was a great success and he made a very good impression on everyone he met. He came down to open three facilities;
Primary Healthcare Centre, Connolly Street, Cavan
The Minister opened a new state-of-the-art primary healthcare centre in Connolly Street which contains within it all medical services and GP practices.
The Acute Medical Assessment Unit
He officially opened the Medical Assessment Unit which was collocated with the emergency department in December 2012 as part of the implementation of the national acute medicine program. This development included an increase in assessment capacity from six to ten assessment places. It includes two four-bedded rooms and two single-rooms with en suite facilities to provide isolation. The opening hours are 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday. 5,000 patients attended an acute medical assessment unit in Cavan General Hospital during 2013. It has a positive impact on patients’ care with 18-20 attending on a daily basis.
Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Suite
The Minister opened the new dedicated cystic fibrosis outpatient suite consisting of two consulting rooms which was completed in November 2013. County Cavan has the second-highest rate of cystic fibrosis in Ireland per capita after County Tipperary. Currently there are 28 service users availing of cystic fibrosis services in Cavan General Hospital on a shared-care basis with a further 8 children in the Cavan-Monaghan area with a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. It is estimated that within a five year period, the paediatric caseload could increase to 18-22 and the adult caseload could increase 22-24 people. For this reason, it is great that we have the new facilities.
Well done to Ray Dunne and the volunteers who make up the Cavan branch of Cystic Fibrosis for their huge input.
It was wonderful to hear on the day from Ms. Bridget Clarke, manager of Cavan-Monaghan Hospital Group, that Cavan General Hospital has the best-performing emergency department in the country. I was so proud.
Cavan County Executive Fine Gael AGM
A really constructive and well-attended annual general meeting of our County Executive was held in our Headquarters on Monday night. The current officer board under the leadership of Mr. Michael Smith were re-elected. Councillors and Candidates spoke for two minutes each about their campaign activities, the reports from the canvas are really encouraging but complacency is never a good idea. Please give your local candidate 100% commitment over the next few weeks.
Visit of Former Taoiseach John Bruton to Bailieborough
Our former Taoiseach, Mr. John Bruton, visited Bailieborough to campaign for and support his friend Councillor Sean McKiernan. He met some of Sean’s key supporters in The Bailie, canvassed on the Main Street, he visited our swimming pool and leisure centre (for which he provided €100,000 in funding when he was in Government.) He also visited the relocated business of the Waller brothers on the Cavan road. He was accompanied by former Deputy Andrew Boylan, Mr. Michael Smith, Chairman of our County Executive, Councillor John O’Hare, myself, local media and a number of key party activists from around the area. He made a huge impression on those who met him and delivered a very challenging address at the outset. It is a huge compliment to Councillor McKiernan that an international Statesman of this calibre is a personal friend and spent an afternoon canvassing for him. I was very happy to assist the effort.
I did a short canvas with Councillor Madeleine Argue in Cavan Town. It was really positive. She is held in very high regard and has an unrivalled connection with her electorate. The people we met understood that tough things had to be done for Ireland and that they are yielding results.
Jim Higgins MEP
On Sunday last, I took part in a canvas of Ballyjamesduff, Bailieborough and Cootehill with Jim Higgins MEP. Apart from his from own huge band of intrepid supporters, we had a great turn out from our party organisation. Thanks to all who came out.
St. Pat’s and Royal School Show
Attended St Patrick’s College and Royal Schools production of a Bitter Truth. Outstanding instrumentals, song, acting and choreography. The great thing about the show, apart from the excellence and thoroughly enjoyable nature of the night, the great thing is that it involved a lot of students.
I attended the AOH social in the Lavey Inn, it was a great night with a wonderful spirit of camaraderie. It is a great credit to Brian Maguire, the O’Callaghan brothers and all members of County Cavan AOH.
Cavan Under 21s
Congratulations to Peter Reilly and the Cavan under 21s on a great victory! It has given all our spirits a lift.
I spoke in the Dáil on Universal Health Insurance, of course I emphasised the need to fully eliminate waiting times and the importance of primary care units. I made a long speech covering many aspects of health policy and I would of course be happy to send it to you on request and I will post it on my website as usual.