Council decision to protect St. Catherine’s Park & Leixlip Amenities is welcome

GN4_DAT_8615717.jpg--kildare_county_council_vote_against_road_in_kildare_section_of_st_catherine_s_parkThe decision by Kildare County Council today to reject the Minister plans for the area is very welcome. It was vital the council moved to protect St. Catherine’s Park which has been threatened with a regional road running through it, destroying the fabric of this wonderful amenity for the local community. I have been engaging with the campaigners and have been raising this with the Minister on their behalf. Today’s decision will be very welcome for the residents in Leixlip.

Should the Minister overrule the decision by the council it will be an extremely dangerous act and set an anti-democratic precedent. I hope the Minister respects the decision of our council and the residents in Leixlip who have made it clear they do not want any roads or developments through their park.
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Minister to deliver road map for Mayooth Gaelcholáiste

JamesLawlessTD_CllrNaoiseOCearuilArdFheisI am calling on the Minister for Education to deliver a programme of implementation for the structure of the proposed Maynooth Gaelcholáiste and urging all stakeholders involved to work together to progress the project. The call comes following a motion by the Maynooth Old Carton Fianna Fáil Cumman supporting the delivery of the school was passed during the Education segment of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis.

The motion was proposed by local Fianna Fáil members from Maynooth in attendance, including Cllr Naoise Ó’Cearúil and Colm Ó’Cearúil. I was delighted to support the Maynooth Gaelcholáiste motion from the panel and it succesfully passed through our party’s Ard Fheis. Continue Reading →

Hospital beds out of action due to staff shortages in Naas General Hospital

James Lawless Naas general hospitalAt a time of major overcrowding crisis in our Emergency Departments, it is simply mind boggling that there is hundreds of hospital beds closed in the health service. In Naas General Hospital there are staff shortages reducing the capacity of inpatient hospital beds. 172 beds were lost to the health system for a variety of reasons. Worryingly 33% of the bed closures were as a direct result of staff shortages. In our own hospital in Naas there are currently two beds down due to staff shortages.

Despite a lot of hot hair from successive Fine Gael Health Ministers, little or no progress has been made in stemming the flow of nursing and medical graduates out of the Irish health system, and even less progress made on attracting those professionals who emigrated from Ireland. Continue Reading →

Bus Éireann Delays Raised in Dáil

Debating with the Minister for Transport I rasied the delays and inconstitenties which have plagued Bus Éireann passengers in recent weeks. In north Kildare, in particular, places such as Kilcock, Clane and Properous, buses are literally not turning up in the morning to collect people. When they do turn up they are delayed, but people are being left stranded at the bus stop.

I have engaged with the stakeholders, the National Transport Authority, Bus Éireann and other authoritative sources. There appears to be an unofficial industrial dispute, a form of blue flu, amongst the drivers. I put it to the Minister for Transport who has fobbed it off to the NTA.

Commuters trying to travel to work, hospital appointments, college or school are being left stranded in towns were Bus Éireann general is the only mode of public transport. The Taoiseach must direct the Minister to take action and show leadership in this crisis.

Calls for clarity in Waterways car park, Sallins , as clamping increases

wheel-clamp-appIn the past week alone I have been contacted by many commuters who have been unfairly clamped. These car parks have been used for commuters at Sallins train station for many years, including myself. I understand the arrangement had worked well while providing convenience and capacity to the train station. Now however, the car park has been split by the two management companies with little to no additional signage informing commuters of where to park and pay following the new arrangements.

This has led to much confusion for those using the car park as tickets for one section are not recognised in the other. Since Monday I have been contacted by five individuals who have returned home from a day’s work to find their cars clamped through no real fault of their own. Continue Reading →