Pipers Hill CNS to Receive Permanent Home

Senator Power and myself met with Parents Group from Naas CNS in December.

Senator Power and myself met with Parents from Naas CNS in December.

I’m relieved and delighted to learn of the news that Naas Community National School have now been approved to remain in the Craddockstown school buildings for the forthcoming year and remain there until a new dedicated home is made available. I had been lobbying for this outcome for some time and recently enlisted the support of Fianna Fáil National Education Spokesperson, Senator Averil Power.

In December I brought Senator Power to Naas to inspect the facilities and discuss the school situation with both parents and management involved with the new schools. We visited the new school buildings at Craddockstown, where we met with a delegation from the Naas CNS Parents Group. The parents outlined in detail their concerns regarding a permanent home for the school. We also met with KWETB management and viewed the Millenium Park site. Senator Power followed up the December visit by raising the issues with the Department and Minister.

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Government Reneges on Sallins Bypass and Other Road Projects

M7 near Millennium Park where Sallins bypass would intersect with new 3-lane motorway.

M7 near Millennium Park where Sallins bypass would intersect with new 3-lane motorway.

It’s extremely disappointing the recent news that the government have refused to grant funding for the Sallins bypass, Osberstown interchange and M7 widening projects. Minister Pascal Donohue confirmed in Dáil questions last week that funding would not be forthcoming for these projects. The total cost for all 3 projects was estimated at €110m.

These are absolutely vital projects, not just for Sallins and the Naas area, but for the whole county. I know the Sallins bypass is eagerly awaited not just in Sallins and the immediate area where it will bring huge relief but right across North Kildare where everyone knows the journey time it will take to get past and into Naas or out the far side. Sallins village itself is stuck in a warp also that every single planning project is told it can happen after the bypass. Local business organisations, residents, the whole community is up in arms over this abandonment of Sallins and the Naas area.

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Seeking Nomination for General Election

On Monday 12th January 2015 I announced my intention to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination for Kildare North in the next General Election. Speaking at a meeting of our local organisation in Sallins, I was grateful for overwhelming support from both the public and party members.

Kildare North needs jobs, houses, investment and infrastructure and solutions at local and national levels. Having three out of four government TDs has been no help and it’s time for a fresh, constructive and challenging look at politics for Kildare North and nationally. I would relish the opportunity to contribute to building a new politics in this country and building a better future for Kildare.

Ultimately the local party members will decide on which candidate they want to represent them in the near future. I look forward to the challenge ahead. Tús maith leath na hoibre!

Urgent Action Needed on Hospital Overcrowding Crisis in Naas

James Lawless Naas general hospitalOur local Government TDs must step up to the plate and tackle the growing problem at Naas General Hospital. The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, published this morning (Jan 6th, 2015), reveal there are more than 600 people on trolleys in hospital A&Es, the highest number recorded since “TrolleyWatch” began ten years ago, and 32 of those are in Naas General Hospital right now.

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Kerdiffstown Planning Rejected: Update

Kerdiffstown landfill fire in 2010

Kerdiffstown landfill fire in 2010

The application for a NEW waste facility at Kerdiffstown has been REJECTED by Kildare County Council on the 17th November. The new application was at almost the same location as the last disastrous landfill there which was finally shut down by the courts after erupting in a toxic blaze only a few years ago. Over 800 people had objected to that new application, including myself, and the decision to refuse will now bring relief to the surrounding areas of Sallins, Naas and Johnstown.

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