Fianna Fáil County Councillor, John Paul Feeley has received confirmation from Chief Executive of Cavan County Council that the council has completed the purchase of the premises formerly known as ‘McIntyre’s’ at Abbey Street Cavan.
“Some months ago I noted that this premises was on the market and suggested to the Chief Executive that it would be sensible for the local authority to acquired it given its location immediately behind Cavan Town Hall and adjacent to the Abbey. Cavan County Council is currently undertaking a major renovation of Cavan Town Hall and the acquisition of such a significant portion of property behind it should facilitate the better use of the property in the years to come and also facilitate improved access to the historic Abbey in our county town.”
‘Cavan County Council with the assistance of Historic Structures at Risk Fund from the Department of Heritage concluding substantial works to the tower and to the Abbey generally to primarily preserve it for future generations but also to ensure that it is more accessible to the general public. There remains a great deal of work which Cavan County Council must take a lead on in preserving, interpreting and opening this very historic site to the people of the county and visitors alike.”
‘It is said that one never regrets purchasing the land beside your own property. In this case Cavan County Council have acquired a significant piece of property the centre of Cavan Town which abuts two sites for which Cavan County Council already has responsibility and which the County Council are anxious to maximise the potential of for the benefit of the town and County.’
Cavan County Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed confirmation from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that they will provide a pavement scheme to address issues with the N16 in Blacklion in 2019.
“The condition of the N16 near Blacklion has been a matter of serious concern for me for the last number of months given the ongoing significant deterioration in the road surface. This has been particularly acute in the section from Loughan House back to and through the Village of Blacklion. I have highlighted the issue on numerous occasions with Senior Engineering Staff of Cavan County Council and directly with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.’
‘In recent months Cavan County Council have undertaken minor repairs to the road but the surface remains significantly below an acceptable standard for a national primary route and I welcome the fact that TII now ‘has an understanding as to how the location has been overlooked’ and I look forward to see work completed in early 2019.”
“Of course their commitment to provide funding are subject to the usual caveats but nonetheless it is now an issue that is firmly on the agenda and one which I will continue to pursue until all of the issues are dealt with and the N 16 at this location.”
Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley called for immediate political accountability for the total cervical cancer debacle rather than establishing another Tribunal of Enquiry.
‘The recent revelations about the cervical screening programme has done massive damage to the entire notion of health screening. We have to encourage people to take up appointments offered under the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme and also Breastcheck. I and I am sure every public representative in the country have spoken to people with concerns about checks they have had under either scheme. I urge them all to immediately contact their GP.’
‘Minister Harris and the CEO of the HSE Mr. O’Brien seem to conveniently know little about what actually happened. It seems extraordinary that the fact the State was involved in such a sensitive case involving a US lab and a major national screening programme was not discussed with both the CEO of the HSE and the Minister for Health. It begs the question that if this is not brought to the Ministers attention exactly what is on his desk.’
‘In recent weeks we have had Denis Naughton given a free pass on his ‘split personality’ response and now Minister Harris is getting a free pass on this serious matter. It seems normal political accountability has been suspended until such time as the referendum is dealt with at the end of the month. It seems the political establishment are determined to insure nothing gets in the way of their current objective’
‘I urge anyone with concerns about their previous screening results to seek medical attention urgently and I also urge anyone who has been affected by these disgraceful events to pursue this matter vigorously through the courts. It is only through the Courts that any mistakes in the HSE are properly held to account.’
Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley has called for an extension to the April 30th deadline on the Fodder Transport Support Scheme. The Scheme was introduced to try assist farmers deal with the severe shortage of fodder especially in the northwest of the country.
‘At meetings of Cavan County Council since last December I have been calling for the introduction of a comprehensive scheme to assist farmers with the current crisis. These calls have been constantly ignored by Minister Creed in the face of mounting evidence of the complete lack of fodder. We asked that a voucher scheme be introduced for feed stuff rather than assisting in the purchase of hay and silage.’
‘Instead the Government introduced an unworkable scheme and had to concede once the south and east of the country bore the brunt of Storm Emma that a more user-friendly scheme be made available. However, they introduced a deadline of the 30th April’
‘The reality is that the recognised supplier have found it very difficult to secure fodder and get it distributed. In fact it is being rationed in the co-ops and marts who are administering the scheme.’
‘In West Cavan it will require many weeks of good weather to allow land to dry and see grass start to grow. Farmers will need access to fodder supplier well into the month of May and I am calling on the Government to extend the Scheme beyond the end of April to at the very least the last week of May.’
‘I note that Brendan Smith TD has tabled a number of Questions in Dáil Ėireann in relation to the fodder scheme and sought a further extension and expansion of the scheme.