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.


Celbridge Burst Water Mains raised by O’Rourke Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has met with Irish Water to raise the issues surrounding the water main which burst again in Celbridge in January.

“The 12 inch water main burst in Celbridge in January. This water main services many homes and businesses in Celbridge. When it burst, it caused major disruption to residents, businesses, nursing homes, schools etc. I met with Irish Water in the Dail last week to highlight the disruption caused, and to see what action was being taken by Irish Water to address the problems.”

“Irish Water acknowledges the difficulties caused, and have given me a commitment that they are going to carry out an inspection to check the integrity of the 700m long pipe, which will include the bedding along the water main. They have committed to putting a plan in place to replace this section of water main, if that is what is required after they complete the inspection and survey which I have requested.”

“This is a very positive outcome. Irish Water will be engaging with me to update me on this project, once they have all the information collated. I also received a commitment from Irish Water that they will engage with Kildare Co Co to ensure that should such a water main burst again, that the response will be more responsive and plans would be put in place to have a round the clock response. I will continue to raise the issue with Kildare Co Co and Irish Water to ensure that they address the underlying issue around water supply for Celbridge.” Concluded Deputy O’Rourke.


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


Frank O’Rourke TD and Cllr Michael Coleman have welcomed the confirmation that a permanent Community Garda will be appointed to Celbridge Garda Station within the next two months.


Frank commented, “I’m pleased that the Garda resources are strengthening in Celbridge. This was a commitment both myself and Cllr Michael Coleman got when we met Garda management last year. This is further positive news for Celbridge and I will continue to keep a focus on having further resources allocated to Celbridge and Kildare. Last year, I raised the relatively low level of Garda numbers in Celbridge and in Kildare generally, and called on the Department of Justice to fairly distribute Garda resources. Kildare has one of the lowest level of Garda numbers in the country. The numbers are now improving incrementally In Kildare, and we need further additional resources allocated to the different locations in Kildare.” 

“I do want to acknowledge that we have made some progress in terms of Garda numbers in the last 2 years in Celbridge, but we must make further progress and bring Kildare in line with the national average. I want to thank the Gardí for the continued commitment on this important issue. I will continue to press the Minister for additional Garda resources.”, concluded Deputy O’Rourke.


Cllr Michael Coleman has welcomed the completion of works today on the Aghards Road Playground in Celbridge

Cllr Coleman commented, “I have worked with Deputy Frank O’Rourke and the Parks Department to have the improvement works done. I would also like to thank Simon and Fergal for their continued support for the playground.”