Speech on the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016

This is not my first time speaking in the House but it is my first time to speak on a Bill and it is an honour to do so. I begin by congratulating the Minister on her appointment. I am not sure if she is aware that she is a constituency neighbour of mine as the steps of Killinarden run up to the hills of Kilteel as Kildare North and Dublin South-West border each other. As such, I extend my best wishes to her on her appointment and wish her continued success in the role.

In terms of the matter before us, Fianna Fáil as an opposition party will freely oppose the Government on issues when merited but equally, as a constructive party and mindful of the minority Government framework which can only work when all sides play their part, agree on areas of common ground. Continue Reading →

Save St. Catherine’s Park March

With Cllr. Bernard Caldwell at the march.

With Cllr. Bernard Caldwell at the march.

There was a big turn out for the march to save St. Catherine’s Park bordering Leixlip and Confey. The park sits between three local authority areas, namely Kildare, Fingal and South Dublin. This makes planning complicated and especially when one of those councils have put a line on a map indicating a potential road link through the park in future. People turned out today to show their support for the park and ensure that a road will not be welcomed cutting through the middle of it.

New Plant for Intel given the Go Ahead

jameslawlesseamonnsinnotI welcome the decision by the council to grant planning for the new site. From my meetings with Intel I understand this application has been in the process for some time but this is the final stage of securing that permission. Essentially the entire manufacturing process has to be rewired for the next generation of chip technology which involves wholesale changes to every aspect of the facility. This is ground breaking, globally leading technology being developed right here in Leixlip.

In my role as technology spokesperson for Fianna Fáil I meet with Intel regularly and congratulate them on this next step. They are a fantastic local employer and also heavily invested in the local community and this grant of permission is a very welcome and progressive step by the county council. Continue Reading →

Irish Science Teachers Association conference held in Maynooth

Left to right: James Lawless T.D., Sheila Donegan, Prof Aidan Mulkeen Vice President Maynooth University and Eoin Gill.

Left to right: James Lawless T.D., Sheila Donegan, Prof Aidan Mulkeen Vice President Maynooth University and Eoin Gill.

I was delighted to attend the opening of the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) conference held in Maynooth this evening. The annual meeting of Irish Science Teachers took place in the Glenroyal Hotel. The theme of the conference was ‘effective science communication’.

It is vitally important we support our teachers and in particular sciences teachers and those who focus on STEM subjects. We have evidence to support the fact that there is a growing need for graduates educated to the highest level in this area. The only way they gain that knowledge is from the excellent teachers providing them with this material. I was delighted to attend tonights conference to lend my support and let the organisation know Fianna Fáil will also support them.

School Transport from Northwest Kildare to Edenderry to be Investigated by Minister

8-news-bebs9I can confirm that Minister John Halliagan has given a promise to investigate the situation of school transport from Johnstownbridge, Kilshanroe, and the wider area to Edenderry’s St Mary’s and Oakland schools.

Following the fiasco which has left many without school transport last September I have this week met the Minister to lobby on behalf of parents who had been left driving or making other arrangements to get their children to school in Edenderry. If at all possible, this must be avoided for the upcoming academic year.
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