More Competition Needed in Kildare Mortgage Market

Credit Unions have the potential to offer badly needed competition in the mortgage market but that rules on lending restrictions will have to change to allow this to happen.

Credit Unions are operating in a difficult trading environment at the moment with a collapse in investment returns, onerous regulation and insufficient lending activity. A small number of Credit Unions are offering mortgages but they are severely constrained by the lending restrictions which allow a Credit Union to lend a maximum of 10% of its loan book over a period of greater than ten years. Continue Reading →

New “rent pressure zones” for County Kildare

imageWhen this scheme was first proposed in December Fianna Fáil were supportive in theory however we did feel it was essential the Greater Dublin area and other urban zones should be covered. In particular I advocated strongly for Kildare North given the massive housing and rental crisis the constituency faces” said Deputy Lawless.

I am pleased that the pressure has led to these towns now being included as Naas, Sallins, Celbridge and Leixlip are all now certainly experiencing serious rental pressures – all major commuter towns also. Continue Reading →

Kildare Broadband Users Need Fast Broadband Now, Minister Must Act

ICTDespite the recent publication of the Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce, communities in Kildare will still have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to access high quality broadband services. This is simply not good enough from the Government. Continue Reading →

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 →

Opening of the Phoenix Park Tunnel for Kildare North Commuters

Inisde the tunnel this morning before the first trains ran through

Inisde the tunnel this morning before the first trains ran through

It is welcomed news that  the opening of the Phoenix Park tunnel for their service from Kildare North into Pearse Street Station, Connolly and Grand Canal Dock took place this morning. This change will bring us commuters right into all the transport links in the Greater Dublin Area.

Since being elected to the Dáil, lobbying for the opening of the tunnel was my number one objective. It is a matter I have been working on for over ten years since I first entered public life. It is a credit to Irish Rail and the National Transport Authority (NTA) for working together on this project. Continue Reading →