Naas Fianna Fáil Candidate Terry Dignan has said that both short-term and long-term solutions are needed to improve the services for the thousands of Naas Residents who commute to work in Dublin every day.
Terry’s comments come on the back of a Public meeting Terry and James Lawless hosted on Thursday 18th April in Lawlor’s Hotel which focussed on public transport issues for local commuters out of which Terry and James have set up an action group with over twenty people signed up who want to see change.
Terry said, “James gave a very detailed update on the plans for the improvement in the Rail services. We had a pragmatic discussion on issues such as overcrowding on trains, lack of parking space, inadequate timetables, disability access and the feeder-bus service.”
“We also talked about short-term solutions such as having trains retrofitted with grab-handles and poles to improve safety. Longer-term solutions which James has been working on include extending the short-hop fare zone to Newbridge to ease demand at Sallins, and increasing the available Rail stock.”
Terry concluded, “I hope to be able to continue working with James on these and other issues if elected”
Naas Fianna Fáil candidate Terry Dignan has expressed concern about the alleged threatening of a Councillor in relation to his opposition to the proposed Naas Inner Relief Road.
Terry was commenting on the allegation made by Cllr Darren Scully that an unidentified caller had threatened that €10,000 would be spent on a negative campaign to try and prevent him being re-elected.
Terry commented, “Integrity and transparency have to be the cornerstones of democracy both at national and local level. Every local representative should be able to vote in whatever way they believe represents the best interest of the people they were elected to serve. “
Education and Childcare professional Terry Dignan has launched his campaign to be elected as a Fianna Fáil Councillor in the Naas Electoral Area.
The launch was held in the elegant surrounds of the Old Chapel in McAuley Place where a large crowd of family and supporters gathered to hear Terry, James Lawless TD and Fianna Fail spokesperson on Children Anne Rabbitte TD speak.
Anne Rabbitte praised Terry as being a dedicated Childcare advocate whom she had met and worked with on several occasions. She made reference in particular to his role as Director of Barrettstown Gang Camp for ten years.
James Lawless TD spoke about how Terry’s extensive professional experience would be of real benefit to the Council.
Finally Terry spoke about his ambitions for Naas, referring to the underinvestment in Naas’ tourist potential and indeed the challenges facing the town as we entered a new phase of growth and development and the imperative that provision of necessary amenities and facilities – especially educational facilities – keep pace.
Naas Area Election Candidate Brian Larkin along with fellow candidates, Cllr Carmel Kelly and Terry Dignan have stated their opposition to the proposed “Route 2” Inner Relief Road in the town.
Brian said “While knocking on doors with my canvass team and following receipt of many indepth e-mails from residents, it has become apparent that the proposed Naas inner relief road is an issue of major concern. I am proud to say I will be showing my support to any and all opposing this plan.”
“Naas like many kildare towns has experienced a rapid expansion in population with which current policy and plans have not kept pace. This plan was originally drawn up in an era when naas was a much smaller town, now when KCC finally have gotten around to implementing this plan. We now need a fresh new approach to solve the traffic congestion problem in Naas.”
James Lawless TD joined some of the students protesting for Climate Action on the streets of Naas today
James commented, “Their generation gets that change is needed and urgently. At Dail level I have supported and spoken on bills to divest fossil fuel investments, to ban new fossil fuel explorations, to reduce waste, to ban single use plastics and many more. With the world heating more in the last 150 years than the previous 5,000 the time for action is now.”