Restoration of town councils required for more community involvement

File 22-07-2015 11 53 40I am calling for the restoration of town councils to better improve the services local authorities provide to towns in Kildare. Following recent constituency boundary changes many areas will see a reduction in the number of local councillors after next year’s local elections.

We know that decisions are best made by those closest to them. That includes local in Government.  Places like Celbridge and Maynooth did not have a town council so it is important  that if we re-establish them, and I hope that we do, it is done in such a way that it is uniform and balanced across the country. Continue Reading →

Proposed new changes for Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge Dublin Buses

rS_0nvXJ_400x400Dublin Bus are overhauling their route network across the city and commuter belt.  Changes will take place to routes serving Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip. These are all only draft proposals and it is important that you have your say. You can see the detailed plans on busconnects.ie website or come to my information meeting on September 27th in the Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip at 20.30 to learn more. Continue Reading →

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.