Healthcare in North Kildare

  • Led campaign to save Health Centre in Johnstownbridge
  • New Endoscopy unit needed for Naas hospital
  • Additional beds needed for Lakeview unit
  • Plan to address overcrowding in A&E Department
  • Additional resources for overworked Hospital staff
  • Seeking restoration of public dental services to Celbridge and Leixlip

Education in North Kildare

  • Worked continuously to get Naas Community College into construction
  • New Boys school now urgent for Clane
  • New school building for St. Joseph’s, Kilcock
  • Additional accommodation for Scoil Dara, Kilcock
  • New building for Prosperous Secondary, St Farnans
  • New schools priority for Maynooth, with traffic plans
  • School bus system needs complete overhaul
  • School Places must come with housing

Working for Amenities

  • Worked on Council to deliver Eadestown and Kill playgrounds
  • Dealt with Council, Parish and Community to deliver Sallins playground
  • Playgrounds on way for Prosperous
  • New Den under construction for Sallins scouts
  • Long time supporter of Greenway on both Kildare canal lines;
  • €1.7 million funding now secured for Naas to Dublin Grand Canal.
  • Royal Canal greenway in development from Maynooth to Fureys
  • Park & Ride expansion urgently needed in Sallins & Maynooth
  • Supported Clane Athletics Club in application for running track
  • Fully supported development of Kerdiffstown into public park
  • Champion of 33 acres amenity lands on canal at Sallins
  • GAA and soccer teams now training on the site
  • Recognise Equine industry a unique asset to Kildare
  • Opposed to road through St. Catherine’s Park
  • Amenities need to be part of future housing planning

Campaigning on Transport

  • Long standing commuter campaigner
  • Fought for years for Sallins bypass and M7 upgrade
  • M4 noise reduction and Maynooth exit needed next
  • Secured LEAP card fares / zone for Sallins station & Kilcock
  • Lobbied for Sallins/Hazelhatch trains to use Phoenix Park tunnel
  • Now enables direct travel from Kildare line into city centre
  • Fought for retention of “Nightrider” late night bus services
  • Raising issues on 120, 115 and 126 buses regularly
  • Dealing with “Go-Ahead” on bus changeovers
  • Made improvements to 139 orbital bus service
  • Seeking better connections on bus and train services
  • Bus Connects must service all communities (e.g. Captains Hill)
  • Long term believe Dublin needs a “circle line” railway connector
  • Park & Ride expansion urgently needed in Sallins & Maynooth
  • Second bridge needed for Celbridge
  • Electrification of rail lines to Sallins and Kilcock

Focus on Policy; Tech & Innovation

Am Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Science and Technology

  • Deal with Social Media Companies on regulation
  • Introduced new laws to manage social media
  • Proposed regulation for “fake news” and dark ads
  • Measures to avoid online harms and internet safety
  • Have argued for importance of cyber-security
  • Member of International Cross-Parliamentary Group
  • Quoted in US, UK, Chinese and Russian Media
  • Deal with Universities and Research Institutes
  • Advocate for Knowledge Economy and Research Funding
  • Work with FDI and many Tech/Sci Multinational Firms
  • Critical to support discovery and innovation and future jobs
  • Published “Science Foundation Ireland” legislation
  • Won cross-party support for Ireland to join CERN
  • Sat on Oireachtas committee to implement GDPR into Irish Law
  • Introduced multiple private members bills and legislative amendments