Lawless Raises Concerns of Returning Emigrants Struggle for Motor Insurance

In a recent Dáil debate on soaring motor insurance costs I have called on the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D. to examine the issue whereby emigrants returning home from other European Union countries are unable to secure motor insurance back home in Ireland.

I have encountered a number of situations in my clinics which are crucial to this debate. One is the situation of emigrants returning from abroad. Continue Reading →

More Jobs for Naas as Applegreen Site Given Go Ahead

Applegreen will develop the former Concrete Pipes site at entrance to Naas.

Applegreen will develop the former Concrete Pipes site at entrance to Naas.

Kildare County Council last night approved an application from Applegreen and associates to develop the old concrete pipes site at the entrance to Naas to become a new service station, training centre, office space and national headquarters. This is great news which see more jobs coming into the area.

This site had become derelict in recent times and was a black spot at the entrance to our county town. I repeatedly called for action at this site when on the council and I supported this application when it was lodged. The new facility is expected to produce up to 400 new jobs and is very welcome for the town and area.

It is welcomed news that another large organisation such as Applegreen has chosen to invest in Naas following on from the opening of Meadows and Byrne in the town. I look forward to working with other businesses to assist them in opening and growing in Naas and the surrounding areas.

Midsummer Arts Festival

Launch of the Arts Festival photo call.

Launch of the Arts Festival photo call.

I am delighted to introduce the Midsummer Arts Festival taking place this Summer in Naas & Sallins. As Chair of the organizing committee I believe we have built a very exciting line up of artists and entertainers for all the family. It grew out an idea I had whilst Mayor that the area needed a new festival to showcase the wealth of artistic talent while also bringing some fresh and new energy into the town on a summers weekend.

Through the hard word of our dedicated committee comprising of Sharon Fidgeon, Lynne Kinlon, Ger Loughlin, Celine Garvey, Cllr. Sorcha O’Neill, Cllr. Carmel Kelly, Kathleen Smith, Bill Clear, and Tony Sourke it is gearing up to be a great weekend on the 24th and 25th of June.

For a full program and more information please visit

New Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science and Technology, Research and Development

James Lawless T.D. at a recent event in Intel, Leixlip. Pictured with Cllr. Paul Ward.

James Lawless T.D. at a recent event in Intel, Leixlip. Pictured with Cllr. Paul Ward.

I am delighted to have been appointed Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Science and Technology, Research and Development by party leader Michael Martin T.D. this week. This is an area which has been neglected by the current Government with no Minister or Minister of State responsible for such a Department. Continue Reading →

Progress on Lower Morrell Flood Relief Scheme

The Lower Morrell area, comprising the rural townlands of Kileenmore, Alasty, Painestown, Daars and Turnings between Sallins, Straffan and Clane, has been hit repeatedly by flooding over the past several years as the Morrell and Painestown rivers burst their banks any time of high rainfall which floods houses and property all throughout those areas. Despite this being an issue for the past several years, it has taken a very long time to have attention focused on it in terms of securing the necessary relief to carry out prevention works.
 I have been seeking flood relief efforts there for some time (see previous posts here) having advanced this issue through to design stage with Kildare County Council whilst serving as a Councillor and has recently been lobbying the Office of Public Works for the funding necessary for that scheme to proceed.

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