Leap card readers installed at Kilcock station

nws_20130808_ana_018_28520219_i1Leap card readers are to be installed in Kilcock train station. The expected installation date is the end of April. I am delighted to confirm that these tag on/off poles will be installed in Kilcock train station. Following on from reducing the fairs in half I lobbied the National Continue Reading →

Traders meeting organised by held in Naas & Maynooth regarding Rates

4281141b-ae54-4c24-92a7-aeb094595c1aI was keen to host a number of traders meeting in Naas and Maynooth following increases in rates as set out by the Valuations Office. The meeting were addressed  by Declan Lavelle of the Valuations Office, Charted Valuations Surveyor Eamonn Halpin and chaired by Allan Shine of Kildare Chamber of Commerce. In Maynooth Declan Kennedy of the Maynooth Business Association chair that meeting.

It was extremely important I organised this meeting to allow traders the opportunity to speak directly with the Valuations Office. In some cases businesses have seen their rates rise by 300%. This is clearly unmanageable for many businesses who I represent in Naas.  When this matter first broke I hosted 30 traders in my office to discuss their immediate concerns. Following on from this I decided to invite Declan Lavelle to Naas to engage with them.

Last night’s meeting consisted of Lavelle explaining the rationale behind the how the valuations office came to these decisions and most importantly, how to appeal. I would urge businesses who feel their valuation is off to appeal before the April 18th deadline. I also want to thank the contribution of Allan Shine and the Kildare Chamber of Commerce for hosting the meeting.

State of the art national forensics laboratory for Celbridge

It is very welcome news that tenders have been issued for the building of a new forensics laboratory which will see a €60 million investment in the site in Backweston, Celbridge.

When completed this project will deliver a respected and admired laboratory to investigate DNA in line with international standards in the state.  To have this €60 million investment in Celbridge is very welcome news and continues the trend of having state of the art research centres in the town along with the Laboratory Services of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine which is already in place.

Locally it will bring many jobs, both during construction phase and when up and running. Currently the lab is located at Garda HQ in Dublin and I am delighted to see it move to us here in Kildare North. As my party spokesperson on Science and Technology I will keep the pressure on the Government to ensure this project moves swiftly.

Frustration at delay in Sallins playground, Calling on Council to prioritise project

The heavy lifting has been done on this project since 2014 when I agreed the site with the parish, with great thanks to them, and had the funding agreed and ring fenced by the Naas area committee. We have been effectively ready to go since then but it has been like pulling teeth trying to get it moved forward on the council side. I know the council are committed to the project but the delay means more summers going by when the local children could have had a playground at their disposal. We have a population spike in Sallins at the moment, there is no point putting in the playground when they are all grown up. Continue Reading →

School Transport from Northwest Kildare to Edenderry to be Investigated by Minister

8-news-bebs9I can confirm that Minister John Halliagan has given a promise to investigate the situation of school transport from Johnstownbridge, Kilshanroe, and the wider area to Edenderry’s St Mary’s and Oakland schools.

Following the fiasco which has left many without school transport last September I have this week met the Minister to lobby on behalf of parents who had been left driving or making other arrangements to get their children to school in Edenderry. If at all possible, this must be avoided for the upcoming academic year.
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