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 →

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.

Opening of Confey Coffee & Leixlip Youth Club

18198703_10155062568716047_914699152118373772_nI was delighted to attend the official opening of the “Confey Coffee” cafe as part of the Leixlip Youth Club and Community Centre. The project has been a long time in the making and some attendees have been involved for over twenty years. Intel also played a big part in funding for the project and the centre was one of the “pride of place” winners in their sponsorship competition. Well done to all involved, a great new resource for the people of Leixlip and Confey

Trade Visit to the European Space Agency

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

Inside the ESA component of the International Space Station: L-R Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Head of ESTEC Franco Ongara, Minister John Halligan, James Lawless TD

I travelled to Noordwijk in the Netherlands earlier this week to visit the European Space Agency technology & research centre. It was part of a trade mission with Minister Halligan and Enterprise Ireland and our group included over a dozen Irish companies who are heavily invested in space technology. Ireland was a founder member of ESA and has contributed engineering, scientific and technology projects to many space missions. 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.