Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil has called for an Irish Language Education Campus to be established in Maynooth
Cllr O’Cearuil asserted the need for such a campus during an interview on KFM earlier today.
It follows the awarding yesterday of patronage of a new primary school in the town to An Forás Pátrúnachta. This 8 classroom school, the town’s second gaelscoil, will open, in temporary accommodation, in September. A gaelcholáiste is to open in Maynooth at the same time.
You can hear Naoise speaking here
Councillor Naoise O’Cearuil has called for a full-time Garda station in Maynooth following the latest spate of burglaries in the town on Monday the 21st of January.
These burglaries occurred during the evening and a number of vehicles were stolen. Houses in new estates Hayfield and Carton Wood were targeted in this most recent attack. The perpetrators used the “fishing” method on some homes, where they put a fishing rod in through the letter box to pick up keys on nearby tables.
Commenting on the matter, Councillor Ó Cearúil said, “Once again, the town is being targeted by thugs who have an easy escape onto the N4. My own home has been targeted in the past and this is becoming a far too regular occurrence”.
He continued, “I’ve been calling for a full-time station in Maynooth for years. Taking the burglaries aside, Maynooth is the only town in the country with a University. This means that the town has an additional population of 12,000 which is not accounted for in the census figures and all the additional issues that 12,000 people bring with it. We are looking at an even bigger population with the increase in houses in the area. I am unaware of any town in Ireland with a population of over 24,000 people without a full-time station… Enough is enough”
“It is high time that the Minister for Justice and Commissioner Harris recognise the need for a full time operational station in Maynooth. I have written to Chief Superintendent Wall, Minister Charlie Flanagan and Commissioner Harris calling for a full-time station in Maynooth”.
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.
Tonight Cllr Naoise O’Cearuil attended a Public Meeting in the Castle Inn Carbury regarding Element Power’s new proposal for wind turbines in the Drehid area.
Afterwards, Cllr Naoise said :”The people of West Kildare defeated the Maighne proposal and have my full backing with their objection to the most recent one. I’ve always supported renewable energy but not to the detriment of people’s livelihoods and health. Even though this area won’t be in my electoral area at the next election, I committed from the outset of my election to represent all the people of this area to the best of my ability and I will continue to do so.”