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

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

Minister must address concerns about Leixlip Water Treatment Plant

Following the boil water notice which was in place for several areas in Kildare North, I have asked Minister Eoghan Murphy to advise on the measures being taken to reassure the public that water is appropriately treated and fit for consumption at both the Leixlip and Ballymore Eustace water plants.

A report by the Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed last weeks incident and recommended that Irish Water use extra disinfection techniques at the Leixlip plant as added protection. It is very concerning that alarms at the plant were not responded to and Irish Water have some serious failings to address if the public are to have any confidence in their water supply.

The Minister must act on this report and ensure that Irish Water improve their management of plants and response to emergencies.

Naas Shopping Centre Finally For Sale

Naas Shopping Centre has finally been put on sale, ten years after it was originally due to open. Negotiations have been ongoing between KCC, NAMA and the developers and agreement was reached at the end of the summer. Further to this, Kildare County Council have signed off on an agreement with the receiver which allowed it to be put up for sale.

KCC has also taken possession of the Cill Corbain houses immediately adjacent as their value represents some of the money owed to the Council for the original development. I am pleased to hear that all obstacles to the sale of this site have been removed. I have been actively seeking a resolution of this problem for nearly a decade and the sale of the Shopping Centre is a vital part of the revival of Naas town centre. 

Dunnes Stores Opens in Naas

Dunnes Stores recently opened on Naas Main Street at the old Superquinn site. The shop includes a grocer, cheesemonger, fishmonger, butcher and a light houseware section and I am delighted to see it up and running.

I had engaged with the firm at corporate level on their move to Naas and greatly welcome them to the area. This is a much-needed boost to Naas town centre and, along with initiatives like the purple flag award, hopefully signals the beginning of a much wider revival for the county town.