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.

New “rent pressure zones” for County Kildare

imageWhen this scheme was first proposed in December Fianna Fáil were supportive in theory however we did feel it was essential the Greater Dublin area and other urban zones should be covered. In particular I advocated strongly for Kildare North given the massive housing and rental crisis the constituency faces” said Deputy Lawless.

I am pleased that the pressure has led to these towns now being included as Naas, Sallins, Celbridge and Leixlip are all now certainly experiencing serious rental pressures – all major commuter towns also. Continue Reading →

Celbridge School Visit Leinster House

Celbridge_School_LHTourOver 90 students from Scoil Mochua, Celbridge recenlty visited me in Dáil Éireann. In one of the last school tours before Leinster House temporarily closes for renovations the students met with me to discuss the issues with Celbridge, including the need for a new playground and less homework.

The students, who went on a tour of Leinster House, also had mini debates in the Dáil, to demonstrate their debate skills which they had been practising in the weeks prior.

I am delighted to meet with all the students from Scoil Mochua today. It was a pleasure to debate them and I think we have some future TD’s from Celbridge in that class. I’ll have to watch out for them. I look forward to helping them on their projects, and as one student said to me ‘Lets make Celbridge great again’.

Cautious Welcome of Additional Gardai Follow Emergency Dáil Debate

I welcome these additional resources for the county. This was just one issue I raised in the Dáil last week during an emergency debate on Garda coverage in Kildare North. At the time I highlighted with the Minister that we are lowest in terms of Garda numbers per head of population and call for an immediate increase in numbers.

While the additional recruits are very welcome a step change is needed to adequately resource our county. Reactionary management of man power in Kildare North is not good enough. We need consistent growth in our emergency service numbers. I will continue to press the Government to lobby for better Garda numbers in the county.

To read my full Dáil debate please click here.

New Dublin Bus Times for Celbridge and Maynooth

New_Sunday_TimesI am delighted to say Dublin Bus have confirmed additional Sunday services to me following meetings I had held with them during the Summer on 67 route.

The new timetable will mean a 67 will arrive into Celbridge & Maynooth every 30 minutes on Sunday from the 27th of this month. The new timetable is attatched for those interested. I am looking forward to continue working with Dublin Bus and the NTA to improve services for the commuters in Celbridge and Maynooth.