Council decision to protect St. Catherine’s Park & Leixlip Amenities is welcome

GN4_DAT_8615717.jpg--kildare_county_council_vote_against_road_in_kildare_section_of_st_catherine_s_parkThe decision by Kildare County Council today to reject the Minister plans for the area is very welcome. It was vital the council moved to protect St. Catherine’s Park which has been threatened with a regional road running through it, destroying the fabric of this wonderful amenity for the local community. I have been engaging with the campaigners and have been raising this with the Minister on their behalf. Today’s decision will be very welcome for the residents in Leixlip.

Should the Minister overrule the decision by the council it will be an extremely dangerous act and set an anti-democratic precedent. I hope the Minister respects the decision of our council and the residents in Leixlip who have made it clear they do not want any roads or developments through their park.
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Minister to deliver road map for Mayooth Gaelcholáiste

JamesLawlessTD_CllrNaoiseOCearuilArdFheisI am calling on the Minister for Education to deliver a programme of implementation for the structure of the proposed Maynooth Gaelcholáiste and urging all stakeholders involved to work together to progress the project. The call comes following a motion by the Maynooth Old Carton Fianna Fáil Cumman supporting the delivery of the school was passed during the Education segment of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis.

The motion was proposed by local Fianna Fáil members from Maynooth in attendance, including Cllr Naoise Ó’Cearúil and Colm Ó’Cearúil. I was delighted to support the Maynooth Gaelcholáiste motion from the panel and it succesfully passed through our party’s Ard Fheis. Continue Reading →

Hospital beds out of action due to staff shortages in Naas General Hospital

James Lawless Naas general hospitalAt a time of major overcrowding crisis in our Emergency Departments, it is simply mind boggling that there is hundreds of hospital beds closed in the health service. In Naas General Hospital there are staff shortages reducing the capacity of inpatient hospital beds. 172 beds were lost to the health system for a variety of reasons. Worryingly 33% of the bed closures were as a direct result of staff shortages. In our own hospital in Naas there are currently two beds down due to staff shortages.

Despite a lot of hot hair from successive Fine Gael Health Ministers, little or no progress has been made in stemming the flow of nursing and medical graduates out of the Irish health system, and even less progress made on attracting those professionals who emigrated from Ireland. Continue Reading →

If Naas adapts it will thrive; Leinster Leader

Leader_Article_October312017Below is the full picece published in the Leinster Leader on 31st October. The article published in the Leader was an abridged version, which can be read by expanding the image to the left.

Last February I wrote a piece for the Leader outlining the challenges facing Naas as a retail town and highlighting some of the projects that were underway to address those. Six months on some of those projects are beginning to come good and it an apt time to update on where it is all at.

Changing technology, habits and lifestyles mean people shop and live differently now than they used. With it now being possible to buy a pint of milk in a garage or order a pizza from your iPad, people no longer need to “go up the street” on a daily basis. This challenge faces many towns around Ireland and at a recent meeting I held with Retail Excellence Ireland shopping habits were summed up succinctly as “midweek convenience, weekend experience”. In other words that people will shop online or in bulk midweek but want to enjoy leisure and recreation at weekends. Continue Reading →