Kildare tourism businesses must receive additional supports in light of VAT increase

kildare-townAdditional funding allocated to the tourism sector must be targeted to support areas of the industry potentially affected by the increase in the VAT rate in Budget 19.

This increase in VAT will be devastating to those small hoteliers in Kildare. Places like Leixlip, Naas, and Johnstownbridge all have fantastically successful hotels who will see a significant increase in their tax bill. However, unlikely the surge in booked up hotel rooms in Dublin this has not extended to Kildare at the same level. The increase in VAT for hotels across the country is unwise. Continue Reading →

Double the car parking capacity for Sallins train station

Artist impression of the new car park.

Artist impression of the new car park.

270 new car park spaces are incoming for a significant extension of the car park at Sallins and Naas train station. The new car park will be located on the Sallins side of the tracks in what is known locally as the parish field.

The extension is badly needed and something I have been seeking for years including many debates with the Minister for Transport. The extension became all the more urgent after I secured an extension of the leap card zone to Sallins along with the Phoenix park tunnel allowing services direct to city centre. These improvements saw a massive increase in usage of the station. A much better service but much greater demand as a result. Continue Reading →

Budget 2019 disappointing for Science Industry

On the March for Science last year.

On the March for Science last year.

It is welcome to see the Government commit to further participation with the European Southern Observatory. This something which I lobbied for in last year’s budget and will be welcome news for the industry this year. In addition to this the new disruptive technologies fund of €500 million is very welcome in the changing technology industry.

However beyond those two items it is a disappointing budget for the science and technology sector. There has been a failure to engage with CERN. In my opinion this is an opportunity missed. The Government’s failure to commit to CERN is a strong blow to the scientific community in Ireland. Earlier this year, I visited CERN in Geneva to explore the possibility of Ireland joining the organisation and to build relationships with their executive team. It is clear that the opportunity for Irish researchers to work in CERN is a phenomenal one. Continue Reading →

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 →