Joe O'Reilly TD

Joe was first elected to Cavan County Council in 1985. He became a member of Cavan V.E.C. that year also. I was previously a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989-1992 and 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 Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council from 2004-2005. 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

Joe started his career as a primary school teacher and his favourite class to teach was 5th class. He founded the Bailieborough Mental Health Association and is the current chairman. Joe enjoys doing stand up comedy and commentated on the 2010 St. Patrick's Day parade in Bailieborough. His favourite film is Slumdog Millionaire.


Sinn Féin delivers another blow to education in NI with increases to university fees – O’Reilly

“Last week it was confirmed that university fees in Northern Ireland are to rise to £3,805 (€5,300) for 2015/2016. This is despite the fact that Sinn Féin, in its programme for Government, committed that there would be no increase in fees beyond the rate of inflation, and it comes alongside four consecutive years of cuts to the education budget in the north”, says Joe O’Reilly, Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan.

O’Reilly seeks assurances for job security of Dublin Airport employees commuting from Cavan and Monaghan

Speaking on the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG, Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Joe O’Reilly outlined to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, his concern for the many people who commute to work in Dublin Airport.

INTO in NI ballot against four more years of cuts yet SF in south still criticise cost saving measures – O’Reilly

“The INTO in Northern Ireland are balloting their members on proposed cuts to the education budget as Sinn Féin in Government in Northern Ireland has imposed four consecutive years of cuts. Despite this, Sinn Féin hypocrisy in the South continues, with consistent criticism of this Government”, says Joe O’Reilly, Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan.

O’Reilly calls for modernisation to boost apprenticeship system

“Too few people are taking up apprenticeships. We need to ask why and to find ways to encourage young people to choose this route because industry is changing, and so too should our apprenticeship schemes”, said Joe O’Reilly, Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan.

Govt focus on regional job creation will benefit the Cavan/Monaghan area – O’Reilly

Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Joe O’Reilly has welcomed the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs – Regional by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. This is a five year, €250million strategy aimed at accelerating the jobs recovery in every part of the country.