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.

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 →

Maynooth Success With Purple Flag Award

Attending the Maynooth Purple Flag Launch night with Alan Shine of Kildare North Chamber of Commerce

Attending the Maynooth Purple Flag Launch night with Alan Shine of Kildare North Chamber of Commerce

I am delighted that Maynooth has won the Purple Flag award. It was an honour to attend the campaign night in the Glenroyal recently and lend my support to North Kildare Chamber of Commerce and Kildare County Council. Based in Maynooth with my constituency office I am acutely aware of how hard businesses and local community groups worked for this award. All stakeholders can be very proud of their efforts on what is a great day for Maynooth.

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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.