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

Multi-Nationals in Kildare

ICTThis piece was first published in the Liffey Champion on 17th September 2016.

When Micheál Martin asked me to become our party spokesperson for Science, Technology, Research & Development, I saw it as a reflection on my background – I studied Maths and Physics before training as a Lawyer – but it was also made clear that the party was aware of the presence and strategic importance of the multinational, high tech sector in Kildare North and that this was a factor in assigning me that brief.

In politics one can be lucky or unlucky and it is hard to say where I sit in terms of marking my opposite number in government, Minister Halligan. Continue Reading →