Cllr Bernard Caldwell and Valerie Colton have been selected to run as Fianna Fáil candidates in Leixlip in the Local Elections

Bernard and Valerie were selected at a Convention held in the Courtyard Hotel this evening.

Cllr Bernard Caldwell was a member of Leixlip Town Council for many years, before being elected to the County Council in 2014. He serves on the Board of Leixlip and District Credit Union and is also Director of Leixlip Festival.

           Cllr Bernard Caldwell

Bernard is deeply involved in Horseracing and has been on the Board of Horse Racing Ireland since 2008, representing persons employed directly in the Racing industry. He has also been Chairman of the Irish Stable staff Association since 2007.

Valerie Colton has lived in Leixlip for the past thirty-four years with her husband Gerry and two sons Andrew and Gavin.  

                     Valerie Colton

She served in the Defence Forces for 30 years having spent two tours with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, following which she worked as part of the Aide de Camp Staff under three Presidents at Aras an Uachtarain.

She retired in 2012, since when she has thrown herself into community projects in her local area.  She has been involved in community work for most of my life and has a proven track record of delivery. I work tirelessly on projects for the good of our community.


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.”

James Lawless TD with Brian Larkin, Cllr Carmel Kelly and Terry Dignan

“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.”


Cllr Michael Colernan has put two motions down for the coming Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District (MD) Meeting on Friday 15th March

The First Motion is as follows :

1. That Main Street Celbridge be made a poster free zone from Castletown Gates to the Grotto. Supporting the request of Celbridge Tidy Towns.

The Second Motion is as follows : 

2. That the Council sends a letter to all household bin providers in the MD in relation to the damage that bin lorries are causing to kerbs and surrounding green areas. Below is a link to a Kildarenow article regarding the damage being caused by bin lorries.

You can read more about the issue of damage allegedly being done by bin lorries here