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.

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.