No road through St. Catherine’s Park confirms Minister

CaptureFrank O’Rourke TD and I have secured a commitment from Minister Damien English that no road will be built through St. Catherine’s Park, Leixlip. The commitment comes following a debate  specifically on St. Catherine’s Park in Leinster House this week.

I am delighted that the Minister has given his commitment that no road will be built in St. Catherine’s Park. I met with the group fighting to Save St. Catherine’s Park and commend their efforts. Following a recent vote at Kildare County Council, which I sat in the gallery alongside the group to watch the vote and lend my support, we have seen the council take steps to secure the park. I look forward to continuing to work with the Save St. Catherine’s Park committee in keeping pressure on the Department and Minister so that no interference comes from central Government on this matter.

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 →

Budget 2018 Providing Funding for Sallins bypass

I was

Section from Budget 2018 detailing the funding for the Sallins bypass and Interchange.

Section from Budget 2018 detailing the funding for the Sallins bypass and Interchange.

delighted to see that Minister Donohoe has taken on my submission to the Capital Infrastructure programme and provided funding in the Budget for the Sallins bypass and the Osberstown interchange.

This funding commitment is announced weeks after the contract was awarded to widen the M7 motorway, deliver the Sallins bypass and the Osberstown Interchange. I have been working and campaigning for this project to progress since moving to Sallins, as both a councillor on Kildare County Council and as a TD in Dáil Éireann.

I will continue to put pressure on the Government to see these vital pieces of infrastructure delivered for Sallins, Naas, and the wider area.

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 →