Selected to contest the next general election

c754c8c7-df40-43a5-b0ee-810919a621dbI have been nominated by the party membership to contest the next general election. The selection convention held in the Westrgrove, Clane selected two Fianna Fáil candidates to run in the next general election. It is a tremendous honour for me to be nominated by the members in Kildare North to contest the next election on behalf of the party. I would especially like to thank those cumainn that nominated me including Kill, Sallins, Naas, Prosperous, Carbury, Kilshanroe, Kilcock and the Old Carton cumann, Maynooth as well as all the individual party members who placed their faith in me again. Continue Reading →

Lobbying Ministers for Second Bridge in Celbridge

liffey-bridge-celbridge-300x225I have sought additional sources of funding for a second bridge in Celbridge by engaging with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney to secure finances from the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF). The fund is currently closed but the Minister will consider reopening the fund following lobbying. You can read the full parlimentary question here.

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund main purpose is to alleviate infrastructural blockages with view to delivering houses to an area. Currently at peak times Celbridge Main Street comes to a standstill as commuters try navigate over the one bridge in the town, often taking a half hour or more to get to the Dublin Road from the Clane Road. Continue Reading →

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’.