Footpath Improvements for Sallins

20841119_10155417033246047_8517489831239621509_nIn conjuction with Cllr. Carmel Kelly I am delighted confirm that our works have been carried out on footpath repairs in the village. The repairs works inculded the main footpath through the town. Next to be done is the section on way to primary school going past the Creche. The bins visible in picture were also put in this summer using some of Carmel’s discretionary funding. Most of Sallins village has now had pavement and/or road surface improvements carried out since 2014 between myself and then Carmel representing it on county council.

Kilcock Park and Ride Bye-Laws On Public Consultation

20768188_10155401168131047_3391562709963316375_nDraft parking bye-laws for Kilcock go on display on August 21st. The proposal is to regulate parking so that there is a maximum stay introduced of two hours, to encourage turnover of spaces, however there is no element of pay parking involved and spaces will remain free of charge within the town.

There is also a provision for a park & ride site within the bye-laws, this will allow users of the train or bus park all day in a secure location and without affecting local businesses. There will be a slight charge for that, the exact detail to be worked out with Irish Rail and the NTA. That park and ride is shown in the diagram below as the black spaces in bottom right corner (the proposed site is opposite LIDL). Continue Reading →

Extra School Bus Places for Johnstownbridge Families

8-news-bebs9I can confirm following my meetings with Minister John Halligan and Bus Éireann additional spaces have been provided for the school bus travelling from Johnstownbridge to Edenderry.

it has now been confirmed that Bus Eireann will provide extra seats for this route over and above the previous year’s allocation. This will be a huge relief for parents and school children affected. I would recommend parents now contact Bus Éireann directly to secure their place.

Independent Broadcasting Bill will strengthen viability of local media

captureThe Independent Broadcasting Bill 2017 which seeks to extend support to the broadcasting of local news and current affairs by providing funding which will strengthen and promote diversity in media. Independent, public service broadcasting has an important place in our society and we must do more to value it.

There has been a significant shift in advertising spending towards social media platforms, and traditional media organisations are increasingly starved of revenue. Continue Reading →

Telescope Switch On in Offaly

20476417_10155364678036047_5891420325048509082_nI was in Birr Castle recently for the switch-on of the I-LOFAR radio telescope which is Ireland’s part of a giant European telescope which can scan deep space. It works as a set of distributed nodes which each send data back to a central supercomputer.

The Castle has been a home for astronomers for centuries since the original Lord Rosse built the world’s biggest telescope there in the 1800s. The technology has changed but the intention remains the same and the current Lord Rosse was on hand to send the latest model live with us last week. Continue Reading →