Meadows And Byrne Launch in Naas

At the launch of the new Meadows And Byrne flagship store in Naas

At the launch of the new Meadows And Byrne flagship store in Naas

I was delighted to attend the opening of the new Meadows and Byrne flagship store in Naas today. It is a great boost for the town to see such a well established company choosing Naas to increase their stores. While you visit the new store feel free to drop into my Constituency Office which is only three doors down!

With A.G.S.I General Secretary outside Government Buildings

With A.G.S.I General Secretary John Jacob and Fianna Fáil T.D. Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

With A.G.S.I General Secretary John Jacob and Fianna Fáil T.D. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony

I was delighted to lend my support to members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (A.G.S.I) outside Government Buildings recently. In particular it was great to meet up with General Secretary and Eadestown resident John Jacob to listen to concerns of members.

Steps need to be taken to ensure members of our Garda are provided with better paying conditions to ensure they are adequately compensated for the demanding and brave work they do on a daily basis. I look forward to working with General Secretary Jacob and other members of the association to progress this matter

Speech on the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016

This is not my first time speaking in the House but it is my first time to speak on a Bill and it is an honour to do so. I begin by congratulating the Minister on her appointment. I am not sure if she is aware that she is a constituency neighbour of mine as the steps of Killinarden run up to the hills of Kilteel as Kildare North and Dublin South-West border each other. As such, I extend my best wishes to her on her appointment and wish her continued success in the role.

In terms of the matter before us, Fianna Fáil as an opposition party will freely oppose the Government on issues when merited but equally, as a constructive party and mindful of the minority Government framework which can only work when all sides play their part, agree on areas of common ground. Continue Reading →

Speech on Fianna Fáil Private members Bill on Mortgage Rates

I welcome the opportunity today to speak in favour of this Fianna Fáil Private Members’ Bill.

All present in the Chamber today are aware of the fact that a mortgage is the biggest single outgoing facing any family. There are at least 300,000 households in this jurisdiction operating under standard variable rate mortgages, including my own. Tens of thousands of variable rate mortgage customers are currently paying exorbitant rates, which we all know and hear about daily in our constituencies, on the airwaves and in our clinics. We know them to be substantially in excess of the banks’ costs for the same funds. Continue Reading →

Millennium Park second level School takes next steps

I have been working towards a new second level school for the North Naas area since I first ran for local elections in 2009 and am delighted to now be Chairperson of the Board of that new school as Naas Community College applies for planning on a site at Milennium Park this month.

The spec is a brand new build with the highest standards in education, staffing, facilities, technology and catering for not just the growing population of the surrounding areas (including Kill, Sallins, Naas, Rathmore, Kilteel, Eadestown, Caragh, Johnstown) but providing additional ASD unit places also.

I look forward to the new build progressing and the move from Craddockstown to the new site.