Broadband Coverage Increased in North West Kildare

Map of new broadband coverage in North West Kildare

Map of new broadband coverage in North West Kildare

I am delighted to unveil the coverage map of areas which will receive fibre speed broadband where previously there has been slow or inconsistent broadband coverage. Working with Imagine, we have brought the service to the north west of the county following meetings with residents and hearing their concerns around the lack of coverage in the area.

As a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, and someone who is passionate about improving our broadband services I am delighted to be able to let residents know of the service rollout which is live and taking applications now. A huge issue when I met with residents in the area was the lack of coverage in places like Newtown, Johnstownbridge, Carbury, Broadford, and Timahoe. All these areas will now have access to fibre speed broadband. As people can see from the coverage map there is now comprehensive coverage across north west Kildare.

It has been said time and again how important broadband is for the local community in terms of education and business. It is a credit to Imagine for working with me and appreciating the concern and demand from residents in the area.

Supervalu Kilcock Open For Business

James Lawless T.D. with Cllr Paul Ward at the opening of Supervalu, Kilcock.

James Lawless T.D. with Cllr Paul Ward at the opening of Supervalu, Kilcock.

I was delighted to attend the opening of the Supervalu in Kilcock this morning. This is a huge economic boost for the town with over 70 new jobs delivered to the area.

Big congratulations to all at Supervalu and to Cllr Paul Ward and former Cllr Liam Doyle who put many hours into making this happen. I look forward to continuing to work with all to progress on issues for Kilcock.

Arts and the need for a full Minister

James Lawless T.D. with Celbridge Soprano Sharon McCarthy

James Lawless T.D. with Celbridge Soprano Sharon McCarthy

This week in my Maynooth Constituency Office I met with talented Soprano Sharon McCarthy to discuss the need for a full Minister for the Arts. This is a issue Fianna Fáil have put a motion down on and raised extensively in the Dáil.

Celbridge based Soprano Sharon McCarthy explained to me her involvement with the National Campaign for the Arts and her own career as a performer. It was a fasintating discussion and many of the points will be raised in the Dáil.

If you wish to listen to some of Sharon’s work it can be found here.

Meeting with Kildare IFA Delgation

Meeting with IFA President Joe Healy and Kildare North Farmers Roy Gallie & Brian Rushe

Meeting with IFA President Joe Healy and Kildare North Farmers Roy Gallie & Brian Rushe

It was great to sit down with Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Joe Healy and the Kildare delgation at their Oireachtas briefing recently. The Farmer Income Crisis briefing highlighted many serious issues affecting our small farmers across Kildare North.

It’s imperative we improve the supports available to small farmers in Kildare. I am looking forward to continue working with them to promote and support the good work the farming community do in our county.

If I can be of any assistance to farmers or their familys applying for grants etc. please dont hesitate to contact my office.

More Jobs for Naas as Applegreen Site Given Go Ahead

Applegreen will develop the former Concrete Pipes site at entrance to Naas.

Applegreen will develop the former Concrete Pipes site at entrance to Naas.

Kildare County Council last night approved an application from Applegreen and associates to develop the old concrete pipes site at the entrance to Naas to become a new service station, training centre, office space and national headquarters. This is great news which see more jobs coming into the area.

This site had become derelict in recent times and was a black spot at the entrance to our county town. I repeatedly called for action at this site when on the council and I supported this application when it was lodged. The new facility is expected to produce up to 400 new jobs and is very welcome for the town and area.

It is welcomed news that another large organisation such as Applegreen has chosen to invest in Naas following on from the opening of Meadows and Byrne in the town. I look forward to working with other businesses to assist them in opening and growing in Naas and the surrounding areas.