Weekly Cavan Voice

Dear Friend,

I am really thrilled with the positive reaction to last week’s issue of The Cavan Voice, this reassures me that it was a good idea and that this electronic newspaper will develop into something mutually satisfactory and I look forward to your continued feedback.
Below you will find some information regarding the work I have done and events I have attended this past week.




Joe O’Reilly TD


Drumlin House

It was wonderful to attend the ceremony marking the expansion of the Drumlin House on Main Street, Cootehill. This new development is a fantastic joint-project between Cootehill Town Council, Cavan Council County and Drumlin House. Drumlin House, led by Robin Toner and Chairman Hugh O’Brien, provides quality-assured specialist support to individuals with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop new skills and makes a real contribution to the community.
Irish Language

I was proud to speak on your behalf on the debate in the Dáil last week. I had the opportunity to speak in Gaelic in excess of ten minutes and made, what I hope will be, a useful contribution. I spoke about the achievements of Cavan Gaelscoil and how pleased I am that it has received new state of the art accommodation during the lifetime of this Government. I also expressed the hope that we would see a new second-level Gaelscoil in Cavan. You can view the transcript of my speech here.
European Affairs Committee
We had an important session of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs last week attended by Pascal Donohoe TD, Minister for European Affairs.
During the session, I made a strong case for retrospective separation of banking and sovereign debt. In practice, this currently means that; you the taxpayers would get back some of the money that was poured into the banks, without your consent and through no fault of your own. It is important that the taxpayers of Ireland, and the people from whom services have been cut, get the money back. I was heartened by Minister Donohoe’s positive and supportive reaction to my concerns.
It is a great achievement of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to have got such an agreement already at EU Council level. I am confident that, just as they resolved the promissory notes debacle, they will also resolve this matter. Nonetheless, it is important that I, as a Public Representative, continue to raise this issue.
In a separate submission, as a lot of Irish people have been struck by the horrors of the Bosnian conflict and are concerned there is still trouble in the region, I urged Minister Donohoe to strengthen EU policy regarding Bosnia and to seek to amend policy where necessary. This submission was also met positively by the Minister.

Shercock Drama Festival

I was privileged to attend two nights of the fantastic Shercock Drama Festival. I saw excellent productions of ‘Agnes of God’ and ‘The Plough in the Stars’. The latter is a terrible indictment of war and gives human reality to the 1913 – 1916 period of Irish history. The festival is a wonderful tribute to the local organising committee as it is a really well-run event. The venue is very comfortable and appealing and the cup of tea during the interval was a real treat!
Party Meetings

I attended branch meetings in Ballyhaise and Clifferna during the week. They were both excellent meetings. The Branches are very well led with a strong cohort of people anxious to get out canvassing for the local elections and confident about our message and candidates.
The debate at each was robust and informed; I was put to the pin of my collar to come up with answers to every question. Truthfully I had to remit in some cases. It will not be the fault of these two Branches if we do not do well in May.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades

I attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parades this week in Cavan, Baileborough, Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff and Mullagh. The parades were well attended with a great number of floats. They reflected a County with a strong economy and cultural life. They also reflected a wonderful spirit of volunteerism. I could sense a new spirit of hope among the people I met; our economy is definitely turning the corner.
I was really proud, while attending this local event, of the way Taoiseach Kenny was flying the Irish flag in America. Apart from the trade that will arise from that, he is boosting the moral of our emigrants in the United States. I am confident he made progress on the cause of the undocumented Irish in the country.

You know you are always welcome to be in touch on a personal or community issue.




My contact details are:
Leinster House
Dail Eireann,
Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: 01 6183721 Fax: 01 6184601

Constituency Office Address

Teach Fine Gael
11 Rossa Place,
Cavan Town,
Co Cavan

Tel/Fax: 049 4365853

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