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I hope that you find it to be a useful tool that helps you to keep up to date with my work in the Community and in the Dail. Please feel free to make contact with me through this site.
I was born on a family farm at Mountain Lodge Cootehill. As a child I walked two miles to Carrickallen National School. Mrs Triona Smith gave me a love of learning and a positive view of Education.
Our home was an Open House with the Kettle always on the ready. My father was the local Scribe making our house a one stop shop for all. He was also a founder member of and National Officer of ICMSA. It was from my mother and father that I learned a love of Public Service.
It was during my five years at St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill that I became involved in Debating in both Irish and English. I also became involved in a number of other extra curricular activities that have stood me in good stead since. As a mixed school, drawing from every social class and Religion, St. Aidans bred tolerance and acceptance of others. I feel that the ethos of the school and the people I met there have very significantly effected my world view. I remember my five years there as a happy time.
After secondary school I studied in U.C.D, graduating with a B.A. Degree. During that time I was active in student pastimes. After U.C.D. I did a Post-Graduate course in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. After teaching for some time I did the Higher Diploma in Education in T.C.D. I then returned part-time to U.C.D. to do a Master of Arts Degree. Later while teaching I took a part-time Diploma in Law from D.I.T. and subsequently, over a number of years, passed the F.E 1 Examinations of the Law Society of Ireland. I taught in Dublin before returning to St. Felims N.S. in Cavan Town in 1984.
I was first elected to Cavan County Council in 1985. I became a member of Cavan V.E.C. that year also. I was previously a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989-1992. I was Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council from 2004-2005. I was a member of the Seanad for my second term from 2007 to 2011. During that time I was spokesperson on Energy, Communications and Natural Resources. I was elected TD for the Cavan and Monaghan area in the 2011 General Election, something of which I am enourmously proud of. Recently I have been appointed Vice-Chairman of The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembley and the Joint Oireachtas Committee.
I am also a member of the Council of Europe and since then have been reelected to the Seanad in April 2016.
Married in 1990 to Mary Tully, a native of Roscommon, we have three boys, Alexius, Eoghan and Daire. They are the light of our lives and keep us both young.
My mission in Politics is to do as much good for as many people as I can. The projects with which I have been involved in and of which I am most proud of are the Bailieborough Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre and Castle Saunderson Scouting and Activity Centre, approved new Garda station for Bailieborough, approved new campus for Cavan town, Brefine College, new schools in Virginia, Mullagh, Kingscourt and at the Holy Family school in Cootehill.
Furthermore, I have also been involved in lobbying for a 20 million sewage and water scheme for Cavan Town and a number of other school improvements around the County.