M7 Widening and Sallins Bypass Making Progress

M7 Millenium Park NaasCommuters and residents will be delighted to read that the works on the M7 widening project and Sallins bypass are making progress.  Below are updates on the various projects underway associated with the construction work.  Credit must go to Kildare County Council and SIAC for their work on this site and the update that they have provided.

Johnstown to Naas

 Works on the first phase between Junctions 8 (Johnstown) and Junction 10 (Naas South) are on track to finish by Spring 2019 with the majority of the piped drainage in this phase installed.   Currently, 11 Gantries with concrete foundations are under construction including capping/ pavement sub-formation operations and the installation of concrete drainage channels. Continue Reading →

Concerns raised to council regarding Eadestown planning prosposal

Church_in_Eadestown,_KildareI have joined with the many residents in the Eadestown area in voicing my concern of the proposed infill site in the area. You can read my full submission to Kildare County Council here.

Like the residents I believe there will be serious negative consequences if the proposed development goes ahead. The excessive scale and prolonged timescale of this development will have a detrimental effect on the community of Eadestown. Continue Reading →

Ortation at the Captian Noel Lemass Commemoration

It was an honour to deliver the ortation at this years Capt. Noel Lemass commemoration in Glenncullen, Co. Wicklow. I spoke about Captain Noel Lemass and the service the Lemass family gave to Ireland. Reflected on the history of the party and how it had always evolved to meet changing circumstances and must continue to do so.

From electoral lows in 1927 and 2011 to the highs of 1932, 1959, and subsequent years in Government the party has continually renewed to lead Ireland. I also detailed what the future holds for Fianna Fáil in a modern Ireland as the party and the country adapt and grow with societal changes today.

Well done to the organising committee of Vice President Arthur Griffin, Aidan O’Connor, Sean Haughey T.D., and the wider Lemass Family who run this commemoration annually. You can read my full speech here or watch below.

Newtown NS to get four new classrooms

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Click through to see the full confirmation from the Minister for Education.

A number of weeks ago I had pleasure of visiting Newtown National School with local Cllr. Paul Ward.

Meeting with teaching staff it was very clear that the school had reached full capacity and urgently required additional classrooms. Having raised this with the Minister for Education in the Dáil I am delighted to confirm that four new classrooms will be provided for the school.

I look forward to continuing to work with the school to aide their development and advocate for the teachers and students in Newtown.

New measures needed to safeguard our heritage in the digital age

DAAs Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Technology I have brought forward new legislation aimed at safeguarding our national and cultural heritage in the digital age.

‘The Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Amendment Bill’ aims to introduce a new provision to capture and archive the content contained on the .ie web domain. The amendment requires the Government to report back within 12 months on the feasibility of a digital lead deposit scheme to serve as a web archive.

Many other countries already have legislation in place aimed at capturing the content on their country’s web domain. 20 of the 28 member states of the European Union have digital deposit schemes in place. Unfortunately Ireland is falling far behind our counterparts when it comes to protecting our digital heritage. The Bill I have brought forward aims to address this. Continue Reading →