Minister English welcomes investment at St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan

Education, Funding, Navan, School extension

I welcome the news that my Department has sanctioned additional accommodation for St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan.

The school will benefit from 2 new 15m2 Resource Rooms via the devolved grant scheme.

Over the last number of years St. Joseph’s has received €614,030 in Summer Works and other capital grants towards roof works, window replacement, car parking and other works.

With an enrolment of over 700 girls, which has grown steadily in recent years, St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School is at the very heart of the community of Navan. I commend the Principal Ms. Mulligan and her Board of Management on their leadership is seeking this additional accommodation for their school, and I am willing to work with them to seek further improvements in the years ahead.

Minister English congratulates local man Francie Power on Gold Medal win

Navan, Special Olympics

Francie Power

Navan Arch Club member wins Gold in Table Tennis in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles

Great news this morning as learn that Navan Arch Club member Francie Power had a Gold Medal win in Table Tennis at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

I join with all of Navan and Meath in congratulating Francie on his achievement for himself personally, his family and friends, and for Ireland. Francie’s victory highlights all that is best about the competitive hard working spirit of Meath people.

It is a great honour for the Navan Arch Club, and its many hard working volunteers and supporters who can and will be so proud of their colleague.

Minister English congratulates Tabor House on 10th Anniversary celebration


Earlier today Sunday, 31st May 2015, I joined with the Bishop of Meath Michael Smith , Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Christy Burke, and local dignitaries at an event wishing Tabor House, Trim Road, Navan, founded by Sr. Catherine Lillis, a happy 10th Anniversary.

Tabor House is a residential secondary addiction treatment centre, located at Trim Road, Navan. It runs a four month programme emphasising group therapy, one to one counselling, personal responsibility, peer support, retraining and work skills, and participation in a twelve step programme.

Alcohol and wider addictions are huge problems for our society. They present costs to our health service through our A&E’s, to our Justice system, but most importantly a human cost, to those trapped in the addiction, their families and friends. The work of Tabor House, of Sister Lillis and her team, is a refuge in the storm and a light of hope in the darkness.

A 10th anniversary like this is a time of both celebration and of reflection. It is a time to salute the work of staff, of volunteers, the Board of Directors past and present, fundraisers past and present, all of those in whatever way, big or small, who help make that light of hope happen. The work of Tabor House saves lives, and helps change lives. It deserves the full support of Navan and Meath people to make the next 10 years equally as successful.

The aim of Tabor House is to assist men in early recovery to develop and maintain an abstinence based lifestyle and improve quality of life.

The objective of Tabor House is to continue to deliver a high quality abstinence based addiction treatment for addicted men in early recovery.

English welcomes Meath County Council’s €300k commitment to Boyne Valley Greenway

Meath, Navan, Tourism, Transport
Cllr. Eugene Cassidy

Cllr. Eugene Cassidy

I welcome the news that Meath County Council has made a provision of €300,000 in its Capital Budget for the first stage of the Greenway from Navan to Kingscourt, as far as Wilkinstown in this stage.

Fine Gael Councillor in the Kells Electoral Area, Cllr. Eugene Cassidy has shown huge personal commitment to this project over a number of years, and played a key lobbying and networking role between Meath County Council, other local and national agencies, as well as local businesses and stakeholders/property owners. Today’s allocation of €300,000 for the first stage of the Navan to Kingscourt project is a good start and a vindication of the work undertaken over the past few years.

Walking and cycling are hugely important to our health, both physical and mental. They are also key growth activities in the tourism sector. This Greenway will significantly add to the exciting tourism offering of Meath, and help in the battle to ensure that Meath gets its fair share of the tourism market nationally which is expected to grow to €5 Billion and 250,000 jobs for the economy by 2020” the Minister said.

I am happy to play my role in Government lobbying the Department of Transport and Tourism to give its backing to this incredibly well advanced and researched project, which now has the benefit of considerable local funding also.