James Lawless has criticised the failure of the Government and Minister Shane Ross in particular for their failure to urgently tackle the pressing issue of lack of capacity on the Kildare Line
James commented, “With an election looming we could badly do with a new Minister for Transport who actually engages on the brief. I have raised the parking (and carriage capacity) issues at Sallins in particular, and Kildare line in general, with Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister Ross numerous times but it seems they are not listening.”
“In the meantime I continue working with private and public interests and pushing for the stakeholders to work this out but really its time for a new government and a new Minister to instruct the NTA and Irish Rail, provide budgets and make this happen.”
James Lawless has expressed his delight that the RIC demonstration scheduled for the 17th January of this month has been cancelled by the Government.
The decision comes in the wake of public uproar and the decision of many Fianna Fáil representatives to boycott the ceremony.
“I am delighted to see common sense prevailing as the RIC commemoration event has been cancelled. I wouldn’t have been attending the commemoration for reasons I shall outline below.” Continue reading “LAWLESS DELIGHTED THAT PLANNED RIC COMMEMORATION CANCELLED”
James Lawless TD has expressed his satisfaction that Kildare County Council has refused planning permission for a proposed wind farm in North West Kildare.
Permission had been sought for a 12-turbine wind farm and amenity trail in the Dunfierth area.
James commented, “The Council were of the opinion that the local road network does not have the capacity to accommodate the heavy construction traffic and that the volume of traffic and type of vehicles would therefore endanger public safety.”
“I welcome this decision. While we need to transition to renewable energy, it must be done in consultation with local communities and in tandem with the necessary improvements of infrastructure. This application has already been refused multiple times and it was unfair to revisit it on the people of north west Kildare.”
James Lawless TD is disappointed that Minister Shane Ross refused to answer a question put to him about capacity on he 120 Bus Route
James commented, “I recently submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Transport on the ongoing capacity problems on the 120 Bus. The Minister referred the question to the NTA rather than providing an answer himself. I was informed by the NTA that interim arrangements are in place to supply the same capacity as normal on the 120 before the delayed transfer to Go Ahead takes place on 19th January.”
“However, it is clear that capacity problems are persisting on the route so I will be asking the NTA to improve capacity. When Go Ahead take over in January capacity should be drastically improved and I will be monitoring the situation to see how the service is operating.”
James Lawless TD spoke in the Dáil this week on a motion about quarries and their environmental impact.
James said, “While the economic activity associated with quarries can be important to counties such as Kildare and West Wicklow, rural areas suffer disproportionately from the environmental impact and deal with HGV traffic on poor rural roads. Broadford, Kerdiffstown, and Eadestown have all had to endure this. The EPA needs to be more proactive in its regulation of quarries if we are to protect our landscape and amenities such as our water supply.”
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