Lobbying Ministers for Second Bridge in Celbridge

liffey-bridge-celbridge-300x225I have sought additional sources of funding for a second bridge in Celbridge by engaging with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney to secure finances from the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF). The fund is currently closed but the Minister will consider reopening the fund following lobbying. You can read the full parlimentary question here.

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund main purpose is to alleviate infrastructural blockages with view to delivering houses to an area. Currently at peak times Celbridge Main Street comes to a standstill as commuters try navigate over the one bridge in the town, often taking a half hour or more to get to the Dublin Road from the Clane Road. Continue Reading →

Save St. Catherine’s Park March

With Cllr. Bernard Caldwell at the march.

With Cllr. Bernard Caldwell at the march.

There was a big turn out for the march to save St. Catherine’s Park bordering Leixlip and Confey. The park sits between three local authority areas, namely Kildare, Fingal and South Dublin. This makes planning complicated and especially when one of those councils have put a line on a map indicating a potential road link through the park in future. People turned out today to show their support for the park and ensure that a road will not be welcomed cutting through the middle of it.

Opening of Confey Coffee & Leixlip Youth Club

18198703_10155062568716047_914699152118373772_nI was delighted to attend the official opening of the “Confey Coffee” cafe as part of the Leixlip Youth Club and Community Centre. The project has been a long time in the making and some attendees have been involved for over twenty years. Intel also played a big part in funding for the project and the centre was one of the “pride of place” winners in their sponsorship competition. Well done to all involved, a great new resource for the people of Leixlip and Confey

New Plant for Intel given the Go Ahead

jameslawlesseamonnsinnotI welcome the decision by the council to grant planning for the new site. From my meetings with Intel I understand this application has been in the process for some time but this is the final stage of securing that permission. Essentially the entire manufacturing process has to be rewired for the next generation of chip technology which involves wholesale changes to every aspect of the facility. This is ground breaking, globally leading technology being developed right here in Leixlip.

In my role as technology spokesperson for Fianna Fáil I meet with Intel regularly and congratulate them on this next step. They are a fantastic local employer and also heavily invested in the local community and this grant of permission is a very welcome and progressive step by the county council. Continue Reading →

Trade Visit to the European Space Agency

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

I travelled to Noordwijk in the Netherlands earlier this week to visit the European Space Agency technology & research centre. It was part of a trade mission with Minister Halligan and Enterprise Ireland and our group included over a dozen Irish companies who are heavily invested in space technology. Ireland was a founder member of ESA and has contributed engineering, scientific and technology projects to many space missions. Continue Reading →