NAAS COMMUTER EXPERIENCE MUST BE IMPROVED – DIGNAN

Naas Fianna Fáil Candidate Terry Dignan has said that both short-term and long-term solutions are needed to improve the services for the thousands of Naas Residents who commute to work in Dublin every day.

Terry’s comments come on the back of a Public meeting Terry and James Lawless hosted on Thursday 18th April in Lawlor’s Hotel which focussed on public transport issues for local commuters out of which Terry and James have set up an action group with over twenty people signed up who want to see change.

Terry said, “James gave a very detailed update on the plans for the improvement in the Rail services. We had a pragmatic discussion on issues such as overcrowding on trains, lack of parking space, inadequate timetables, disability access and the feeder-bus service.”

“We also talked about short-term solutions such as having trains retrofitted with grab-handles and poles to improve safety. Longer-term solutions which James has been working on include extending the short-hop fare zone to Newbridge to ease demand at Sallins, and increasing the available Rail stock.”

Terry concluded, “I hope to be able to continue working with James on these and other issues if elected”

CARMEL KELLY LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION BID

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.

JAMES LAWLESS TO MEET MARK ZUCKERBERG

James Lawless TD is meeting Mark Zuckerberg today in the context of Facebook’s attempts to tackle some of the many issues on its platform.

James – who sponsored a bill targeting trsnsparency issues on Social Media – spoke earlier on Morning Ireland where he set out some of the issues he hopes to discuss.

You can hear the interview here

LAWLESS SPEAKS ON CLIMATE EMERGENCY MEASURES

James Lawless TD spoke recently in the Dail on proposed Climate Emergency measures.

“The longer we keep looking for other sources, the more we delay a transition to an entirely renewable energy mix. Apart from the environmental and moral imperative there is huge economic opportunity in a ‘green revolution’ to create high tech jobs in engineering, renewable technologies and a whole new energy industry.”

LARKIN OPPOSES ROUTE 2 NAAS RELIEF ROAD PROPOSAL

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.”