The Sallins Local Area Plan has almost concluded its rounds of consideration in the council and has been sent to the Minister for final sign-off. As expected the Minister has raised a concern over Alteration 20 relating to the additional residential zoning on the Bodenstown road. However the key piece of this jigsaw is the 40 acres of Amenity land that come with it. This was supported by all Councillors unanimously when the plan was going through as the community gain behind this proposal will allow for development of multiple playing pitches, running track, a new community building for all the different groups in the village. It will bridge the gap which has long existed of over development without any facilities in the village to go with it. The Minister has invited submissions on the Alteration before he makes a ruling and I include my submission here.
Delighted to secure double capacity for bicycle parking at Sallins Train Station following raising this with Irish Rail. Thanks to Irish Rail for installing them so swiftly and for the cyclists who contacted me recently.
I am pleased to welcome, following my submission to the capital expenditure plan, news of five tenders submitted for work on the Sallins bypass, M7 Widening, and Osberstown Interchange. This is an important step in the process and I understand Kildare County Council are expecting to award contracts this coming September. I will continue to work with the council to progress this much needed project.
The heavy lifting has been done on this project since 2014 when I agreed the site with the parish, with great thanks to them, and had the funding agreed and ring fenced by the Naas area committee. We have been effectively ready to go since then but it has been like pulling teeth trying to get it moved forward on the council side. I know the council are committed to the project but the delay means more summers going by when the local children could have had a playground at their disposal. We have a population spike in Sallins at the moment, there is no point putting in the playground when they are all grown up. Continue Reading →
I was delighted to be present at Dawn Farms this morning for the announcement of 150 new jobs in the food innovation sector. I know the Queally family well and many other local people involved in the operation.
I had a very positive discussion with Julie Cinnamon of Enterprise Ireland whom I deal with in my role as Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Innovation and of course the Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The company are to be congratulated for their success and hard work in taking this enterprise from 8 employees in the early 80s to over 1,000 employed with them today.
The investment in R&D capability is very welcome and is the kind of sustainable jobs that will help keep Ireland competitive despite changing trends in the international economy. This is also a very welcome piece of good news for Naas town and surrounds and hopefully will help to grow confidence in the area and general business environment