Intel plans for Leixlip welcomed as further commitment to the area

James Lawless T.D. at a recent event in Intel, Leixlip. Pictured with Cllr. Paul Ward.

James Lawless T.D. at a recent event in Intel, Leixlip. Pictured with Cllr. Paul Ward.

It is welcome news that Intel has begun preparations for significant expansions to their Leixlip site. It is very welcome news to those employed and living in Kildare North that Intel are about to begin to take the next steps to commence a possible expansion of their base in Leixlip. With two caps on, as a TD for the area and my party spokesperson on Science and Technology, I have regularly engaged with the microchip manufacturer. I am well aware of their commitment to our area and this will be another significant act of this assurance.

I believe the plans are part of a wider global manufacturing move by Intel. I am aware they see Ireland playing a significant role in this. Continue Reading →

New rail carriages not due to be delivered until end of year

The allocation of funding to provide new rail carriages will do little to alleviate the overcrowding challenges faced by passengers in the short and medium term in Sallins, Hazelhatch and further along the Kildare line following reports that Irish Rail is expected to get approval from the National Transport Authority (NTA) for the purchase of €100 million worth of new rail carriages.

I welcome this long overdue investment in Irish rail services, which is now serving a record number of passengers each year. It is vital to invest in Ireland’s public transport, if we are to reduce the congestion and environmental pollution that is plaguing our country. Continue Reading →

126N Service Extension Secured until Christmas

1479308512_content_mainI have spoken to Bus Éireann and the National Transport Authority overnight and again this morning and they have agreed an extension to the 126N nightlink service. Following our discussions they have agreed to extend the service for the next six weeks to see people up to and past the Christmas period.

While Bus Eireann maintain that the service is operating at a loss, the NTA have agreed to cover costs over the next few weeks to ensure people have a safe means of transport to get back home from Christmas outing in Dublin. Continue Reading →

Balyna Water Scheme Refunds

James Lawless Waterways SallinsI am pleased to confirm members from Broadford, Johnstownbridge, Cadamstown, Kilshanroe, and the surrounding areas who paid into the Balyna Group Water Scheme will be refunded. This is something I have regularly raised in the Dail and with senior council officials.

The council will be writing to members in the coming week with this notice.This is not ordinarily done by the Department but given the exceptional circumstances residents will be getting refunds-something which is very welcome

Sallins Road Safety Update

GN4_DAT_8797973.jpg--garda__in_naas_investigating_a_number_of_recent_burglariesI’d like to thank the Gardai who attended my public meeting in Sallins on road safety last week. I have been liaising with them since, and with senior management in KCC.

As one of the measures to be taken, large anti-speeding road signs will be placed at the approach to Sallins village on Clane road. A Garda “Go Safe” speeding van will also be positioned outside of Castlefen. Additional Garda patrols have already been deployed in Sallins in recent days and that will continue. Continue Reading →