Community Vaccination Centres Monaghan and Cavan

In accordance with the HSE national operating model for the next phase of the delivery of the vaccination programme over the next number of months there will be a reduction in the number of Vaccination Centres across the country.

We are reducing the number of our large vaccination sites because at this point we believe that we can provide the necessary level of vaccination required for the remainder of 2022 and beyond with a smaller number of sites, supported by local GPs and Pharmacies.

Therefore the following changes will be implemented in Cavan and Monaghan.

The HSE Vaccination Centre in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Monaghan will close effective from Monday 23rd of May 2022.

Since it first opened in April 2021 over 62 thousand vaccines have been provided in this centre.

The HSE Vaccination Centre in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan will close effective from Wednesday 22nd of June 2022.

Since it first opened in April 2021 over 83 thousand vaccines have been provided in this centre.

The current lease agreements for both hotels will cease to operate in accordance with this.

Both Vaccination centres have serviced as key location for the large-scale administration of Covid-19 vaccines  in Counties Monaghan and  Cavan.  We want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of everyone who was involved in establishing and running of these centres.

Access to Covid vaccinations will be maintained beyond this date by operating temporary Covid-19 vaccination and pop up clinics lead by mobile Vaccination teams.  Our mobile vaccination  teams will also continue to operate within all areas through the summer to continue to deliver vaccination doses to those who are homebound and residents of Long Term Residential Centres (LTRCs).   The HSE will also put a number of pop-up vaccination teams in place that will be available to support particular locations if access to vaccination becomes a challenge.

Pop up outreach clinics have been in operation at various locations throughout Cavan and Monaghan for a number of weeks and will continue to operate as follows.

Cavan Pop up Clinics

DateTimeLocationVenue
Saturday, May 28th 2pm – 4pmBailieboroThe Courthouse
Saturday, June 4th  2pm – 4pmBallyjamesduffThe Old Courthouse
Saturday, June 11th 2pm – 4pmShercockSt. Patrick’s Hall
Friday, June 17th 1130am – 3pmBallyconnellTMTS Training
    

Monaghan Pop up clinics

Pop up clinics will be in operation from week beginning Monday 30th May 2022 and will have a county geographical spread.

As soon as dates and venues are confirmed, these will be circulated and updated on relevant sites.

The HSE wishes to remind all those aged 65 years and over that that they can avail of their second COVID-19 booster vaccine. Those with a weak immune system aged 12 and over can also get their second booster, when it is due.

Those who are now due their second COVID-19 booster vaccine can avail of it as follows:

The HSE encourages everyone in these two groups who have already had their first booster to get their second booster when they become eligible. This second booster will give you the best protection from serious illness caused by COVID-19.

A large number of GPs and pharmacies are now participating in the second COVID-19 booster programme and this participation will continue to grow as the programme rolls out over the coming weeks.

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20/05/2022

Brendan Smith: Cavan Institute accommodation project needs to be advanced urgently as initial assessment to be finalised in July

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan Brendan Smith has received confirmation from the Minister for Further and Higher Education that the outcome of the initial strategic assessment of the application for further accommodation for Cavan Institute will be finalised in July.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “This follows on from confirmation to me in Dáil Éireann in February that the Cavan Institute project, previously part of the Department of Education’s School Building Programme, would be advanced as part of the new Further Education and Training capital funding programme.  

“Subsequently the Minister stated that funding would be ringfenced within this Programme to deliver the Cavan project. I have constantly outlined the advantages of providing additional permanent accommodation at the Institute’s existing campus at Cathedral Road and this project should be advanced as soon as possible,” added the Cavan and Monaghan TD.

Speaking in Dáil Eireann, Minister Simon Harris stated: “Following a call for proposals under the FET College of the Future Major Projects Fund, I understand that a Strategic Assessment Report in relation to the Cavan Institute proposal has now been submitted by Cavan Monaghan ETB to SOLAS.”

19/05/2022

Well done to Justice for the Forgotten on another appropriate and sombre event to mark the 48th Anniversary of Dublin Monaghan Bombings of 17th May 1974.


There were many dark days in our country during the era known as The Troubles but the desperate atrocities inflicted on innocent people in Dublin and Monaghan that day caused the greatest loss of life with 33 people killed and hundreds injured.

Sadly nobody has been brought to Justice for these heinous crimes and the families, with great grace and dignity, continue to campaign to get the truth about the perpetrators of those crimes.

An Taoiseach in a very appropriate speech emphasised again the need for legacy issues to be fully addressed.

17/05/2022

Brendan Smith: ‘Extremely important that vacant properties are allocated without undue delays’

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Housing that further funding will be provided to local authorities for the Housing Voids Programme and that the funding allocations under the 2022 Programme will be announced shortly.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “Minister O’Brien since July 2020 has allocated substantial funding to local authorities to enable them to bring back to habitable use vacant council housing. It is extremely important that vacant properties are allocated without undue delays and the financial allocations made in 2020 and 2021 have made a real difference in re-letting vacant housing stock. It is important that all housing is brought up to proper standards and allocated to individuals and families particularly at a time when there is such a demand for housing.”

The Housing Minister in his response to Deputy Brendan Smith’s recent Parliamentary Question in Dáil Éireann stated: “The management and maintenance of local authority housing stock, including pre-letting repairs to vacant properties, the implementation of a planned maintenance programme and carrying out of responsive repairs, are matters for each individual local authority under Section 58 of the Housing Act 1966. 

“Since 2014, Exchequer funding has also been provided through my Department’s Voids Programme to supplement the local authority funding available for the preparation of vacant properties for re-letting. The funding was introduced originally to tackle long term vacant units and is now increasingly targeted to support authority’s to ensure minimal turnaround and re-let times for vacant stock.  

“From 2014 to 2021, expenditure of some €261 million was recouped to local authorities under the Voids Programme which funded the return to productive use of 18,527 properties nationwide. Local authorities also provide significant funding from their own resources to address the level of vacancy within the social housing stock. 

“My Department will continue to support local authorities in their work in this area. Funding allocations under the 2022 Programme will be announced shortly,” concluded Minister Darragh O’Brien.

ENDS 17/05/2022

Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive – Brendan Smith TD

Following the recent Assembly Elections I tabled Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Dáil Éireann regarding the need to ensure that an Executive is established at the earliest possible date.

We need to see all the Institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement operational for the benefit of the people of all of this island.

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For Oral Answer on : 10/05/2022
Question Number(s): 129 Question Reference(s): 22650/22
Department: Foreign Affairs
Asked by: Brendan Smith T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will have discussions with the political parties in Stormont and with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in relation to the need to ensure that an Executive is established at the earliest possible date following the assembly election; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


As co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Government will continue to work closely with the British government and with the parties in Northern Ireland in support of the devolved power-sharing institutions in Northern Ireland and the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent implementing Agreements.

It is now for the political parties to come together to negotiate a Programme for Government and form an Executive, as the elected representatives of their constituencies. The Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Act, enacted by the UK Government in 2022gives effect to the stability provisions of the New Decade, New Approach agreement. The Act provides for a period of twenty-four weeks following the first meeting of the Assembly for the Northern Irish parties to form an Executive.

I would like to see the early establishment of an Executive.

While there are challenges around the Protocol, discussions on the application of the Protocol proceeded previously in parallel with the work of the Assembly and the Executive.  They can do so again.  Those discussions should not be an impediment to the formation of the Executive.

I have remained and continue to remain in regular contact with the parties in Northern Ireland following the Assembly elections. I am also in frequent contact with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. We have discussed the importance of calm and measured leadership in the period ahead. The importance of ensuring the functioning of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland was also a key topic of discussion at the recent British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference held in Dublin on 23 March 2022.

We will continue to engage with the parties and the British Government as it does, to support the full functioning of the democratic institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. I hope that we will see those institutions up and running as soon as possible. I will continue to remain in contact with the Secretary of State, as both Governments work in partnership as co-guarantors of the Agreement, in support of power-sharing and a peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of Northern Ireland.

16/05/2022

Book your appointment on HSE.ie for your Covid-19 vaccinations in Cavan 

Self-scheduled appointments are available on HSE.ie for Covid-19 vaccinations for the public to book in to Cavan Vaccination Centre over the next few days. Walk-in clinics are also open for people over 12 years to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations in Cavan CVC, Hotel Kilmore, Cavan over the coming days.  

People can book appointments at vaccination centres on HSE.ie at this link:

The Cavan Vaccination Centre is at the Hotel Kilmore, Dubline Road, Cavan, H12F6Y7.

Appointments are available to book over the next few days as follows:

  • Friday 13th May (2pm to 6pm) for people aged 12-29 years for Dose 1, Dose 2 and 1st Booster.  12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Saturday 14th May (11am to 3pm) for children aged 5-11 for Dose 1 and Dose 2.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Walk-in clinics are open for 5-11 year olds over the next few days as follows:

Saturday 14th May (11am to 3pm) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Walk-in clinics are open for people 12 to 29 years of age over the next few days as follows:

Friday 13th May (2pm to 6pm) 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child. If you have any questions regarding your child’s vaccination then please speak to staff at our vaccination centres, they will be available to provide you with further information. 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine are recommended 28 days apart. A booster dose for children aged 5-11 has not been recommended by NIAC or approved by the EMA currently.

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended by the NIAC for children aged 5 to 11 years who live with underlying conditions, living with a younger child with complex medical needs, living with a person who has a weak immune system (immunocompromised).

People can continue to book appointments at vaccination centres on HSE.ie at this link: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-booster-dose/

It is important that you do not go to a vaccination centre if you have Covid-19; if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been told to self isolate.

It is also important to check your eligibility online on HSE.ie before you book your appointment.

Interval between first round of COVID-19 vaccination and first booster

  • If you are in the 16+ age group you need to wait three months (at least 90 days) after your first round of Covid-19 vaccination before you can get a booster. If you had Covid-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least three months (at least 90 days)  after your positive test result.
  • If you are in the 12-15 age group you need to wait six months (at least 179 days) after receiving your second dose of Covid-19 vaccination before you can get a booster. If you had Covid-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least six months (at least 179 days) after your positive test result.   

Interval between first booster and second booster

If you are 65 or over, or you are aged 12 and over and have a weak immune system, you should get your second booster at least 4 months (at least 120 days) after your first booster. You can check the date of your last booster on your digital COVID-19 certificate.

If you have had COVID-19 since your first booster, wait at least 4 months after you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

If you have a weak immune system

People aged 12 years and older who have a weak immune system have previously had one additional dose of vaccine, and were also offered a first booster dose earlier in 2022. Most people in this group are not yet due to have a second booster, and the HSE will issue SMS reminders to people in this group as their second boosters become due over the coming weeks. Clinicians will also be identifying people who have become immunocompromised recently, to be added to this group and the HSE will notify these people that they are eligible.

You can find more information about having a weak immune system and COVID-19 vaccines at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/weak-immune-system/

Information available on HSE.ie and HSE Live are available to support with booking if required on Freephone: 1800 700 700

ENDS

Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus

13/05/2022


Book your appointment on HSE.ie for your Covid-19 vaccination in Monaghan 

Self-scheduled appointments are available on HSE.ie for Covid-19 vaccinations for the public to book in Monaghan Vaccination centre, Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney over the next few days. 

Walk-in clinics are also open for 5 – 11years, 12 – 29 years and 30 years and older to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations in Monaghan Vaccination Centre, Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney over the coming days. 

People can book appointments at vaccination centres on HSE.ie at this link:

The Monaghan Vaccination Centre is located at the Glencarn Hotel, Monaghan Rd, Moraghy, Castleblaney, A75AP92.

Appointments are available to book over the next few days as follows:

  • Friday 13th May 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 30years and older, Dose 1, Dose 2 and 1st Booster. Those 65 years and over who are eligible for 2nd booster may attend this clinic.
  • Saturday 14th May 10.30am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 30years and older, Dose 1, Dose 2 and 1st Booster. Those 65 years and over who are eligible for 2nd booster may attend this clinic.
  • Sunday 15th May 10.30am – 11am, 5 – 11year olds, Dose 1 and Dose 2. Please note this age category must be accompanied by parent/guardian
  • Sunday 15th May 11.30am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 12 – 29 year olds Dose 1, Dose 2, and Booster. Please note 12 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by parent/guardian

Appointments are available to book over the next few days as follows:

Walk-in clinics are open for 5-11 year olds over the next few days as follows:

Sunday 15th May 10.30am – 11am. Must be accompanied by parent/Guardian

Walk-in clinics are open for people 12 to 29 years of age over the next few days as follows:

Sunday 15th May 11.30am – 1pm, 1,30pm – 3.30pm 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Walk-in clinics are open for people 30 years and older over the next few days as follows:

Saturday 14th May 10.30am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm Note: Persons 65 years and older due who are eligible for their second booster may attend this clinic.

Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child. If you have any questions regarding your child’s vaccination then please speak to staff at our vaccination centres, they will be available to provide you with further information. 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine are recommended 28 days apart. A booster dose for children aged 5-11 has not been recommended by NIAC or approved by the EMA currently.

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended by the NIAC for children aged 5 to 11 years who live with underlying conditions, living with a younger child with complex medical needs, living with a person who has a weak immune system (immunocompromised).

People can continue to book appointments at vaccination centres on HSE.ie at this link: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-booster-dose/

It is important that you do not go to a vaccination centre if you have Covid-19; if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been told to self isolate.

It is also important to check your eligibility online on HSE.ie before you book your appointment.

Interval between first round of COVID-19 vaccination and first booster

·       If you are in the 16+ age group you need to wait three months (at least 90 days) after your first round of Covid-19 vaccination before you can get a booster. If you had Covid-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least three months (at least 90 days)  after your positive test result.

·       If you are in the 12-15 age group you need to wait six months (at least 179 days) after receiving your second dose of Covid-19 vaccination before you can get a booster. If you had Covid-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least six months (at least 179 days) after your positive test result.   

Interval between first booster and second booster

If you are 65 or over, or you are aged 12 and over and have a weak immune system, you should get your second booster at least 4 months (at least 120 days) after your first booster. You can check the date of your last booster on your digital COVID-19 certificate.

If you have had COVID-19 since your first booster, wait at least 4 months after you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

If you have a weak immune system

People aged 12 years and older who have a weak immune system have previously had one additional dose of vaccine, and were also offered a first booster dose earlier in 2022. Most people in this group are not yet due to have a second booster, and the HSE will issue SMS reminders to people in this group as their second boosters become due over the coming weeks. Clinicians will also be identifying people who have become immunocompromised recently, to be added to this group and the HSE will notify these people that they are eligible.

You can find more information about having a weak immune system and COVID-19 vaccines at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/weak-immune-system/

Information available on HSE.ie and HSE Live are available to support with booking if required on Freephone: 1800 700 700

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13/05/2022

Brendan Smith: Urgent need to improve services for children with Special Needs

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has called for an amendment of the Disability Act 2005 to enable children who need additional supports to have a right in law to appropriate services and not just an entitlement to an assessment of needs as provided for at present.

Speaking after a further Parliamentary Question in Dáil Éireann on the matter, the Cavan/Monaghan TD stated: “More and more families are waiting for assessments and follow up supports for children and timely intervention is absolutely essential. Access to appropriate education is often dependent on assessments by psychologists.”

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, in his reply to Deputy Brendan Smith’s Parliamentary Question stated: “In the context of improving services, the Department of Health is currently working with the HSE in order to bolster the capacity of the respective Children’s Disability Network Teams throughout the country, in order to provide both Assessments of Need and quicker access to therapy supports than are currently available.

“In this regard, HSE recruitment for therapy posts continues and there is ongoing engagement with the Heads of Disability Services across the nine CHOs to review service provision. In parallel, detailed discussions are ongoing with relevant stakeholders and representative groups in relation to a revised approach to the Assessment of Need, one which seeks to be both legally compliant and ensure a timely pathway to therapeutic interventions.”

The Minister concluded: “There are no plans to progress a review of the Disability Act, although the Department does keep its legislative programme under ongoing review.”

ENDS

13/05/2022

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Shercock, Co. Cavan

A pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be held at St Patrick’s Hall, Shercock, Co. Cavan on Saturday May 14th.

The clinic will run from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday afternoon and will offer Dose 1, Dose 2 and Booster vaccinations to those aged 12 years and over.

Cavan CVC Operational Site Manager Eddie Ward said Over the last two weeks we had over 150 people present for their booster vaccinations at our pop-up clinics in Bailieborough and Ballyjamesduff. This was testament to the amount of time and effort expended by our partners in County Cavan Local Development, who made people aware by various means that the clinic was taking place. As well as dose 1, we will also be holding pop-up vaccination clinics at each of the pop-up venues we administered dose 1 at, so people can return for their dose 2 as well as booster vaccines. We would encourage all those who are eligible to avail of the booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible.”

The clinic is walk-in, no appointment necessary for all three vaccines.

For those aged 12 to 15 years they can receive their Booster dose after a 6 month interval from D2.

Those that have been COVID-19  Impacted must wait 28 days to receive D1 or D2 and 6 months to receive their Booster Dose.

For those aged 16 and over they can received their Booster dose after a 3 month interval from D2.

Those that have been COVID-19 Impacted must wait 28 days to receive D1 or D2 and 3 months to receive their Booster Dose.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines go to COVID-19 vaccines – HSE.ie

ENDS – 11/05/2022

Brendan Smith: VAT extension for tourism and hospitality industry a welcome help for businesses

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has welcomed the extension of the 9% Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for the tourism and hospitality industry for a further six months. 

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “This welcome extension is great news for the tourism and hospitality industry. This industry was hit particularly hard by restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many bars, restaurants and hotels had to close to help the country struggle through the once in a generation public health crisis.

“Although supported by Government intervention during the worst of the pandemic, this extension will help promote business survival and support employment in the industry, especially as we enter the busy season for these businesses.” 

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “The extension will cover the same goods and services as the original measure, restaurant supplies, tourist accommodation, cinemas, theatres, museums, historic houses, open farms, amusement parks, and hairdressing, as well as certain printed matter such as brochures, leaflets, programmes and catalogues.”

The proposal was approved by Government at the Cabinet meeting today. The 9% VAT rate will therefore remain for these sectors until 28 February 2023.

The estimated cost of this further extension is €250m.

ENDS – 10/05/2022

Notes for Editor

  • The 9% rate for these industries was reintroduced in Budget 2021 from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021 at an estimated cost of €401m.
  • This measure was initially extended in Budget 2022 to 31 August 2022 at a further estimated cost of €251m.
  • No further extension to this measure is envisaged so the 13.5% rate will apply to these sectors from 1 March 2023.