Frank O’Rourke TD  has welcomed the confirmation of news that Traffic Signals are going to be installed at the junction of Ryebridge in Kilcock.

Frank commented, “Residents from Ryebridge Estate had contacted me over the last number of years highlighting the need to improve traffic management for cars trying to get onto the Old Galway Road from their estate at the Enfield/Summerhill junction.” 

“I am delighted that we now have confirmation that Traffic Lights will be installed in the coming months which will bring benefit to the residents of Ryebridge. I have also been informed that there will be a cycle track installed by the end of this summer form Ryebridge Estate to Kilcock Town Centre via the Mill Lane.”

“I want to acknowledge the work of the Council, the developer and the Residents in the Estate for their work with me in relation to this project. I look forward to the works been completed as soon as possible.”


Frank O’Rourke TD has welcomed the confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that a school bus will now be provided for children from Johnstownbridge attending Scoil Dara in Kilcock.

Frank commented, “The new school transport service will be extended from Enfield to Johnstownbridge, thereby enabling all children living along this route to have access to a school bus service. I first raised this matter with the Minister and his officials, when a number of parents contacted me with their concerns.”

“I met regularly with the Minister of State with responsibility for school transport, John Halligan T.D., asking what steps are being taken to resolve this issue. Following on from these meetings, a recommendation is being prepared by Department Officials for the Minister’s approval and sign-off. I understand that this process is anticipated to be finalised in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.”

“I am delighted to have assisted in having this very important issue progressed for the children attending Scoil Dara Kilcock, and for their parents”, concluded Deputy O’Rourke


Both Kildare North Fianna Fáil TDs have said that the allocation of funding to provide new rail carriages will do little to alleviate the overcrowding challenges faced by passengers in the short and medium term along the Kildare line following reports that the first contract for new carriages is unlikely to be awarded before the end of the year.

James Lawless commented, “I welcome this long overdue investment in Irish rail services, which is now serving a record number of passengers each year. It is vital to invest in Ireland’s public transport, if we are to reduce the congestion and environmental pollution that is plaguing our country. While the funding for new carriages is to be welcomed, it is disappointing that the first contract, for 41 new carriages, is not due to be awarded until the end of the year.”

“This end of year delivery will do little to reduce overcrowding on trains in the short to medium term as the lead-in time for the delivery of all carriages is extremely long. Irish Rail has also dropped plans to refurbish older carriages in the fleet, ruling it out on cost grounds.” Continue reading “LAWLESS AND O’ROURKE CRITICISE DELAY IN PROVISION OF NEW RAIL STOCK”


Cllr Carmel Kelly has welcomed news that money has been allocated for much-needed road safety measures in Sallins.

Carmel commenced, “Among the works scheduled are the footpath in front of Marrons/Gala. Also two stretches of the road will be identified for placement of red friction surface with speed warnings in the New Year.”

“I’d like to thank my fellow Councillors on the Naas MDC for their support. These are steps in the right direction but we do need to continue to highlight our need for more road safety measures in the village.”


James Lawless is pleased to announce that following his representations,Bus Eireann have agreed an extension to the 126N nightlink service.

Following these discussions, the company has agreed to extend the service for the next six weeks to see people up to and past the Christmas period.

James commented, “While Bus Eireann maintain that the service is operating at a loss, the NTA have agreed to cover costs over the next few weeks to ensure people have a safe means of transport to get back home from Christmas outing in Dublin.”

“The service will be examined again in the New Year. I want to thank Bus Éireann and the NTA for working with me on extending the service and I will press in the interim for clarity and consultation on what happens in the new year.”