News of Tender for Sallins Bypass & M7 Upgrade

I am delighted to see that Kildare County Council have officially begun to seek tenders for the Sallins Bypass and upgrading of the M7. The project includes M7 Naas Newbridge Bypass Upgrade + M7 Osberstown Interchange & R407 Sallins Bypass.

M7 Upgrade Sallins Bypass

It is fantastic to this project making steady progress. I was cautious in September 2015 in welcoming funding as residents in Naas & Sallins had been promised these works since the early 1990’s. I have campaigned strenuously for years on this issue, these road projects will bring a dramatic improvement to the lives of people living in Naas and Sallins, travelling through as well as the thousands who use the M7 everyday.

Prospective contractors have until the 13th of May to apply and state their case. In my new role as a T.D. for Kildare North I will continue to do everything possible to monitor and lobby for this project to be completed.

 

Securinh additional train times on Sallins/Naas and Hazelhatch/Celbridge routes

James Lawless Sallins Train Station Nov 2013I am delighted to confirm that increased frequency of trains will serve the Sallins/Naas and Hazelhatch/Celbridge Rail Line via the Phoenix Park tunnel into the city centre. Whilst the tunnel opening brought trains into stations like Pearse, Connolly and Grand Canal Dock, the initial service was really just based around rush hour. As a regular commuter myself I find the new service into the city centre very useful but it is frustrating that the return service in the evening falls off after about 6pm. This means commuters based in the city centre and D2/D4 work areas, have to get back across to Heuston to get the train home from a different station. Continue Reading →

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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Framework Needed to Regulate use of Drones

drone*A variation of this story was covered by the The Times. You can read their article here.

I intend to bring forward new legislation aimed at providing a regulatory framework for the use of airborne drones. There have been a number of recent incidents which have raised safety concerns surrounding the use of drones.

Drones present many interesting opportunities for both personal and commercial use. For example, they can be a useful aid for farmers who are looking to monitor crop growth and check for the presence of pests. They can also be used for recreational purposes, such as taking aerial photographs of scenic areas or hobby flying. Continue Reading →

Funding for Sallins Bypass and Osberstown Interchange, Pressure must Be Kept On

Sallns Rd roundaboutThis funding is very welcome news for Sallins village, Clane, Prosperous, and the wider areas which have had bottle neck traffic building up at morning and evening times. The bypass is exactly what these areas need and I am delighted to see the council receive funding for this project. Only as recently as this week have I contact Minister Ross to lobby for funding. It has been one of my main projects since being elected and am delighted to see this pressure pay off and funding secured for this part of the overall project.

I have been campaigning for this development, and the wider M7 Widening project, for nearly ten years now. Since being elected to the Dáil I have repeatedly raised funding matters regarding both projects in the chamber.

From figures previously obtained it is my understanding €110 million is needed to complete the entire project of the M7 Widening and the Sallins Bypass. As they both went out in the same tender I intend to keep further pressure on the Minister to fight for the remainder of the €100 million needed to see this project completed.

Clamping Law Remains Unenforced Due to Lack of Resources

wheel-clamp-appA varitation of this story was covered by the Sunday Independent from 8th January 2017. It can be read here: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/cowboy-clampers-face-a-cap-on-fees-19-months-later-35349596.html

The Vehicle Clamping Act was passed into law almost two years ago but it is still yet to be implemented and enforced. The Act was intended to curb the predatory practices of “cowboy clamping” which saw people stung for excessive fees after minor parking infringements. Continue Reading →