Johnstownbridge GP Services

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

I was pleased to lead a delegation of dedicated volunteers on the Save Our Surgrey Committee to meet with David Walsh, Head of the HSE, in Kildare. In our meeting we discussed the recuirtment process for Johnstownbridge Health Centre, clearly outlined the demand for the centre remaining open, and got reassurances it would remain open once a new full time GP has been hired, and any new GP who be provided with the Rural General Practitioners Allowance. Continue Reading →

Multi-Nationals in Kildare

ICTThis piece was first published in the Liffey Champion on 17th September 2016.

When Micheál Martin asked me to become our party spokesperson for Science, Technology, Research & Development, I saw it as a reflection on my background – I studied Maths and Physics before training as a Lawyer – but it was also made clear that the party was aware of the presence and strategic importance of the multinational, high tech sector in Kildare North and that this was a factor in assigning me that brief.

In politics one can be lucky or unlucky and it is hard to say where I sit in terms of marking my opposite number in government, Minister Halligan. Continue Reading →

Publication of Draft Phoenix Park Tunnel Rail Service Timetable

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

A publication of a draft timetable for rail services which will benefit Hazelhatch commuters in the coming months has gone live. The timetable is now open for public consultation and will close on 19th September.

This is a service I have campaigned for, for many years. Recently I had meetings with the NTA and this was a matter which was brought up. I have also been in constant contact with Irish Rail on this issue. Continue Reading →

Parnell Summer School

Parnell_SchoolI was delighted to attend the Parnell Summer School recently. At the Summer School I gave a speech on the echoes of 1916 and patriotism in the modern era. Below is a transcript of that speech.

Nationalism cannot become the sole preserve of an exclusionary, closed borders rhetoric. A positive force for national self-confidence and assertion of fraternity; a recognition that between the models of material individualism and xenophobic supremacy lies a third way.

Communitarian, egalitarian and continually evolving, true patriotism embraces diversity and recognises the nation as a state of mind and cultural connections as much as a physical entity bound by borders and barriers.

The progressive and open nationalism of the Catalans, the Scottish and indeed the Irish must be championed and distinguished from the narrow and often false flag patriotism of the new cheer leaders and charlatans of the 21st century. Continue Reading →

North West Kildare Residents Struggle for School Bus, Minister Halliagan has Broken Promise

I have spent the past five weeks lobbying the Minister of State John Halligan to get school bus places for constituents in Johnstownbridge, Kilshanroe, Kilmurray, Dunferith, Timahoe and other areas in North West Kildare. It is now the case there are a number of students who cannot get a school bus to Kilcock or Edenderry due to cuts imposed by the Minister’s Department.

My clinics in the area have been full with concerned parents and my offices in Maynooth and Naas have been receiving calls about this matter. Despite the Ministers promises school bus places have been cut back right across the country. In the Dáil the Minister stated that no child would lose their place on school buses pending the outcome of a review in his Department.

The Minister has broken another promise by the failure to set up a cross party committee that would meet at the end of July to try and help resolve outstanding problems with the school transport scheme.

If the Minister had taken necessary action in good time, parents would not have this stress right now. His Departments efforts to save money have now brought unnecessary burden for so many families in Kildare. Clearly this is not good enough. I am calling on the Minister to set up this cross party group immediately to resolve this problem for parent and students