BT Young Scientist

15895193_10154727764261047_8746479730821990537_nGreat day at the Young Scientist exhibition with Micheál Martin. Saw lots of great projects from Kildare schools including St. Mary’s Naas, St. Wolstans Celbridge, Scoil Mhuire Clane, Maynooth Education Campus and Gaelcholaiste Cill Dara. Some inspiring exhibits from around the country and all the key teaching, STEM and science agencies present including the Institute of Physics (where I bumped into a former lecturer of mine!). It’s a great exhibition with a great history and really showcases the talent in our schools.

‘Pay It Forward’ to Benefit Kildare Autism Network

With Kildare Autism Network and Rescosi Ltd.

With Kildare Autism Network and Rescosi Ltd.

Kildare Autism Newtwork received a laptop from Recosi recently as part of the ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign which encourages companies to donate goods or services to those who need it most.
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Securing Significant Savings for Train Commuters in Kilcock, Sallins and Naas

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

I am delighted that Sallins, Naas and Kilcock train stations will be moved into the ‘short hop zone’ and fares will be reduced by up to 50% following a series of meetings I held with the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the matter.

After a prolonged engagement with the NTA, including meetings in Leinster House, and sustained lobbying with both them and Irish Rail, on the disparity of train fares for commuters in Kilcock, Naas, and Sallins they now have revised the zoning model and are making significant changes for the betterment of commuters in these areas. Continue Reading →

Naas 10K Winner

With Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing & Brendan O'Loughlin.

With Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing & Brendan O’Loughlin.

I was delighted to sponsor the prize for “first local home” in the recent Naas 10k race and last week I presented it to Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing, who lives on the Sallins road, Naas. Feidhlim got home in the terrific time of 36 minutes and 6 seconds.

A lot faster than me!

Feidhlim will now enjoy a meal in the Dáil restaurant and a tour of the house. Big thanks too to race sponsor Kerry, and of course race organiser Brendan Loughlin.

Publication of Draft Phoenix Park Tunnel Rail Service Timetable

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

Deputy Lawless with commuters at Hazelhatch station.

A publication of a draft timetable for rail services which will benefit Hazelhatch commuters in the coming months has gone live. The timetable is now open for public consultation and will close on 19th September.

This is a service I have campaigned for, for many years. Recently I had meetings with the NTA and this was a matter which was brought up. I have also been in constant contact with Irish Rail on this issue. Continue Reading →