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.

Opening of the Phoenix Park Tunnel for Kildare North Commuters

Inisde the tunnel this morning before the first trains ran through

Inisde the tunnel this morning before the first trains ran through

It is welcomed news that  the opening of the Phoenix Park tunnel for their service from Kildare North into Pearse Street Station, Connolly and Grand Canal Dock took place this morning. This change will bring us commuters right into all the transport links in the Greater Dublin Area.

Since being elected to the Dáil, lobbying for the opening of the tunnel was my number one objective. It is a matter I have been working on for over ten years since I first entered public life. It is a credit to Irish Rail and the National Transport Authority (NTA) for working together on this project. Continue Reading →

Weekend Street Cleaning Planned for Maynooth Town

I am very happy to announce that I have secured additional street cleaning for Maynooth town following meetings with Kildare County Council County Manager Peter Carey and Director of Services Niall Morrisey on the matter.

The issue of litter in the streets, particularly over the weekends in Maynooth has become topical recently. With the college at full capacity street cleaning services needed to be increased. I have had many locals come into my Maynooth office off the Main Street raising this very valid concern.

I brought this issue to the attention of both Peter Carey and Joe Boland in the council. At our meeting I explained the urgent need for this service to provided. Following this it has been agreed that an initial six day service will be provided in the New Year subject to budget approval by the council.

We have seen Maynooth have continued success in the Tidy Towns Competition and now entering into the Purple Flag award recently. I was delighted to attend the launch of this Purple Flag campaign which highlights the restaurants, hotels and cultural events in the town. The six day street cleaning will only benefit the town and increase its chances of being awarded a purple flag.

I am delighted there is an agreement and understanding from the council and that in January the service should commence.

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.

Meeting held with National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus

Pictured with Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne

Pictured with Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne

I was delighted to hold meetings with both the National Transport Authority and Dublin Bus to lobby for better and more cost effecient services for Kildare commuters. The meetings which took place in Leinster House addressed ticket costs, frequency of services, and forward planning as the county grows and more demand is placed on transport routes. Continue Reading →