Popular Sallins Councillor Carmel Kelly launched her re-election bid this evening in Café Grange in Sallins.
Carmel has been a Councillor in 2016, and during that time was one of the Founders of the Midsummer Arts Festival which is taking place again this year.
An impressive crowd gathered for the launch with several TDs and Senators travelling for the occasion. Among the speakers were Anne Rabbitte TD, Brendan Smith TD, James Lawless TD, Frank O’Rourke TD and her fellow candidates Brian Larkin and Terry Dignan,
Carmel said in her address that her sole ambition in being returned to the Council was to serve the people to the utmost of her ability and that she was a passionate believer in the power of Community.
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.”
A large crowd – several hundred – turned out in Sallins Community Centre to view and give their views on the proposals for the Grand Canal Greenway which was hosted by Cllr Carmel Kelly and James Lawless TD.
Cllr Kelly professed herself very pleased with the large numbers that attended and encouraged local people to have their say on the proposals by making a submission to Kildare Country Council by the 18th of January.
Pictured are James Lawless TD, Cllr Carmel Kelly and County Council candidate Brian Larkin
Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary chaired several selection conventions yesterday at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane. Seven candidates in total were selected to contest the local elections next May.
Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil and Cllr Paul Ward were returned unopposed for the Maynooth Electoral area.
Cllr Daragh Fitzpatrick and newcomer Daniel Ronan Keenan were returned for the Clane Electoral area.
Cllr Michael Coleman was returned opposed for the Celbridge Electoral area.
Cllr Carmel Kelly and Brian Larkin were returned for the Naas Electoral area.