Additional pressure on Minister for Naas Community College

This past week I called on the Minister for Education to act now before schools in the Naas area face an accommodation crisis.  There is an urgent need for the Minister and his Department to issue the tender to commence building the new site which will be used by Naas Community College. This is the major delay and as a result of the Ministers lack of action, by 2020, 800 students in the Naas area will be affected. Continue Reading →

Extra Capacity for Sallins and Maynooth trains

irishrail2I recently questioned the Taoiseach on the need for better public transport for the greater Dublin area.  Currently the car parks at the Sallins and Naas station are averaging 165% to 175% capacity and other stations in the area experience similar problems.  With the car parks operating so far over capacity, anyone arriving past 7.30 a.m. would have no chance at a space.  I have been advised by Irish Rail that they would gladly expand the car park, provided the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport allow funding.  Continue Reading →

Waste Reduction Bill to be Supported at Committee Stage

Compostable Cups from Zeus Packaging Leading the way in innovation

Compostable Cups from Zeus Packaging Leading the way in innovation

I was delighted to speak in support of the Waste Reduction Bill at Committee Stage last week. You can read my full transcript here. I support the principles of this bill, and we have consistently been and remain a firm defender of Ireland’s natural environment. We firmly support efforts to encourgage recycling and reduce waste. Continue Reading →

Supporting Young Teachers Vital to Education System

With ASTI President Ger Curtin in Leinster House

With ASTI President Ger Curtin in Leinster House

I attended the conference of the Irish Science Teachers Association in Maynooth approximately six months ago where I again heard a call for greater emphasis on STEM subjects, a greater input into STEM teaching and a greater number of STEM graduates to enter the system. Continue Reading →

Pressure must be kept on Minister to progress Naas Community College

At a tree planting ceremony at Naas Community College

At a tree planting ceremony at Naas Community College

Pressure must be kept on the Department of Education to progress the new build of the school as quickly as possible.  There is a considerable demand for places in the school and this is a key part of the educational infrastructure for Naas and the surrounding areas complementing the existing schools by placing a co-ed ETB (Education and Training Board) school into the North Naas area to cater for students from all over the town but also places like Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Rathmore and all that hinterland. Continue Reading →