150 New Jobs for Naas via Dawn Farms

I was delighted to be present at Dawn Farms this morning for the announcement of 150 new jobs in the food innovation sector. I know the Queally family well and many other local people involved in the operation.

I had a very positive discussion with Julie Cinnamon of Enterprise Ireland whom I deal with in my role as Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Innovation and of course the Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The company are to be congratulated for their success and hard work in taking this enterprise from 8 employees in the early 80s to over 1,000 employed with them today.

The investment in R&D capability is very welcome and is the kind of sustainable jobs that will help keep Ireland competitive despite changing trends in the international economy. This is also a very welcome piece of good news for Naas town and surrounds and hopefully will help to grow confidence in the area and general business environment

Securing Significant Savings for Train Commuters in Kilcock, Sallins and Naas

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

Cllr. Carmel Kelly and I at Sallins Train Station Recently.

I am delighted that Sallins, Naas and Kilcock train stations will be moved into the ‘short hop zone’ and fares will be reduced by up to 50% following a series of meetings I held with the National Transport Authority (NTA) on the matter.

After a prolonged engagement with the NTA, including meetings in Leinster House, and sustained lobbying with both them and Irish Rail, on the disparity of train fares for commuters in Kilcock, Naas, and Sallins they now have revised the zoning model and are making significant changes for the betterment of commuters in these areas. Continue Reading →

Naas 10K Winner

With Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing & Brendan O'Loughlin.

With Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing & Brendan O’Loughlin.

I was delighted to sponsor the prize for “first local home” in the recent Naas 10k race and last week I presented it to Feidhlim Ó Dubhlaing, who lives on the Sallins road, Naas. Feidhlim got home in the terrific time of 36 minutes and 6 seconds.

A lot faster than me!

Feidhlim will now enjoy a meal in the Dáil restaurant and a tour of the house. Big thanks too to race sponsor Kerry, and of course race organiser Brendan Loughlin.

More Info on New Naas School

A few posts back, I outlined that a new school had been agreed for Naas and that work had recently commenced, at a Craddockstown location, opposite the nursing home on the Craddockstown road. A number of people had queries about this, so here are further details of the plan:

  • The school being built at Craddockstown road is to primary school specification.
  • The school will temporarily open as a Secondary School in September 2014.
  • It will begin enrolment one year at a time ; only first years will start in 2014.
  • A site for a secondary school at Millennium Park is being sourced in parallel.
  • Millennium Park is intended as the long term home of the new secondary school.
  • Once Millennium Park site is operational the secondary school will move there.
  • The Craddockstown site will then begin functioning as a regular primary school.
  • Campus will include turn-around and drop-off facilities for traffic management.
  • A new footpath and pedestrian crossing will be added along the road outside.

This all makes a lot of sense as the new school buildings will carry on, once the secondary moves across to Millennium Park, a new primary will function at Craddockstown instead.

You can apply to enrol for September 2014 already. You can do this by:

  • Downloading this form.
  • By calling into the VEC offices at Floor 5, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas.
  • By phoning (045) 988000 and requesting an application form.