CHANGE OF POWER: Sixty five years ago this week the people of Ireland saw a new inter-party government elected to office for the first time in the history of the Irish Free State.
The Fianna Fail party with Eamon De Valera as leader had been in office since 1932 and having been re-elected in the general elections of 1933, 1938 , 1943 and 1944 had completed sixteen years in office. When president Sean T O’Kelly dissolved Dail Eireann on the advice of an Taoiseach and the date of the general election fixed for Wednesday February 4th shrewd political analysts predicted a return to power of the outgoing government. However the emergence of the then recently founded Clann na Poblachta party led by Sean McBride TD gave indication that a change was on the way and when the 13th Dail assembled at Leinster House on February 18th 1948 the country’s first ever inter-party government was elected to office. The new administration which represented five political parties saw Fine Gael Deputy John A Costelloe elected to the office of an Taoiseach with the Labour party leader William Norton – a deputy representing Carlow-Kildare named Tanaiste and Minister for Social Welfare, Clann na Poblachta leader Sean MacBride became Minister for external affairs (now Foreign Affairs) with his party colleague Dr Noel Brown assigned to the Department of health. The leader of Clann na Taluain Joseph Blowick TD was named Minister for lands with the leader of National Labour James Everett becoming Minister for Posts and telegraphs and the long serving independent deputy for Monaghan James M Dillon appointed Minister for Agriculture. This change of government which sent shock waves through our political system came our way sixty five years ago this week.
MARIE KEATING FOUNDATION: Conquer cancer campaign. A specialist nurse from the foundation will attend a meeting of the active retirement group in Drumcor Community Centre on Tuesday February 26th at 2.30pm. This free information service is open to all. No appointment necessary. Feel free to come along.
BALLINAGH COMMUNITY ALERT: Anyone currently wishing to receive a monitored alarm or pendant from the senior alert scheme should contact Majella Robinson 087 6481012. To qualify for this scheme you must be 65 yrs or over,living alone or with another elderly person. Please note the equipment is grant aided but there is an annual cost to the recipient.
BALLINAGH TEXT ALERT: Text alert is local residents coordinated with the gardai to ensure that watchful eye is kept on suspicious people or activities, preventing crime in the community. Many burglaries have been prevented and useful information has led to speedy recovery of stolen items , in other areas. We ask you to look out for your neighbours , your neighbours property and report crime, suspicious people and activities to Ballinagh garda station (049) 4337102 or Cavan Garda station (049) 431300. The Gardai will then check it our if they deem is to be suspicious. They contact the coordinator of Ballinagh text alert Peter Fox and he sends out information via the gardai in a text alert to everyone signed up to text alert. If you wish to join text alert please text your name and mobile number to Peter Fox (087) 6075100. Help make our community a safer place, get involved in text alert.