Progress On Sallins Bypass, M7 Widening

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.

Trade Visit to the European Space Agency

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

I travelled to Noordwijk in the Netherlands earlier this week to visit the European Space Agency technology & research centre. It was part of a trade mission with Minister Halligan and Enterprise Ireland and our group included over a dozen Irish companies who are heavily invested in space technology. Ireland was a founder member of ESA and has contributed engineering, scientific and technology projects to many space missions. Continue Reading →

Calling on Taoiseach and Minister to Publish Community Employment Scheme Report

I have called on the Minister for Social Protection to publish the long awaited report in Community Employment Scheme’s which was due in the summer of 2016. No reason has been given for the delay.


The Minister referred to a report that was pending on how CE schemes are and would be implemented. I am concerned that there is an ideological issue at play here. Some, including the Minister, see the CE schemes as a means to an end with job activation as the ultimate goal. Others see them as an end in themselves where individuals can contribute constructively within a structured format in their communities which is mutually beneficial to the individual and the host organisation. Continue Reading →

Need for Additional School Psychologists in Kildare North

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is drastically understaffed both nationally and in Kildare North. New information from the Department of Education reveals that two schools, St Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous and Rathmore National School students have no access to a NEPS psychologist. Continue Reading →