New town centre for Prosperous

I am urging residents to make their thoughts known to Kildare County Council, who are now taking submissions, on the new town centre including a park and playground in Prosperous. The playground which will be adjacent to a new 53 space car park will be located off the Main Road next to the Credit Union in the village. Continue Reading →

Government needs to place a greater emphasis on science

As Fianna Fáil Science spokesperson I am calling for the establishment of a dedicated stand-alone office with responsibility for advising the Government on scientific and research issues. The Office of Chief Scientific Adviser was established in 2004 but was subsequently abolished by the Fine Gael led Government in 2012. Continue Reading →

Motion to evolve Community Employment Schemes

Today I penned a motion to improve the working of Community Employment Schemes. Please see the motion to support Community Employment Schemes here.

The motion aims to ensure the social element of CE Schemes, review the impact Jobpath is having on CE Schemes, allow more employees to stay on the their scheme, and to review the participation limits of older people on the scheme. Continue Reading →

Planning and Development (Rapid Broadband) Bill 2017 Introduced at First Stage

I was delighted to introduce my first Bill today. You can read a full copy of the Bill here.

The Planning and Development (Rapid Broadband) Bill 2017 is aimed at improving the rollout of high speed broadband services across Ireland. The overall goal of this Bill is to make it quicker and easier for providers to roll out broadband services. Ireland has a poor track record in this area in recent years, as is demonstrated by the ongoing problems with the National Broadband Plan. Continue Reading →

Straffan National School Needs Additional Classes, Minister Must Act

straffan_village_signI have called on the Minister for Education to secure approval for four extra classrooms in Straffan National School. The school currently has the demand for the places and having met with parents I understand just how urgently this additional space is needed. Continue Reading →