Frank O’Rourke TD has called on Kildare Co Co to engage in a public consultation process with the people of Clane to ensure their concerns are taken into consideration in light of the increase demand to live in the area together with the current level of development

“It is very important that the people of Clane are consulted in relation to the proposed increase in population for Clane over the next number of years and that developments are sustainable and in keeping with the area.”, Frank said.



Frank O’Rourke TD introduced a bill into the Dáil last night that seeks to allow families facing eviction access the HAP scheme sooner.

Frank commented, “This Bill aims to prevent families from entering homelessness, by making changes in access to HAP. As it stands, a family served with a tenancy termination notice can only access HAP as their eviction date looms. My Bill seeks to give families access to HAP at a much earlier stage of their notice period, thereby giving time to seek and secure alternative accommodation. As well as the social implications, my Bill also makes economic sense, as it costs the state significantly more to house families in emergency accommodation, than in a stable home assisted by HAP.”

You can see Frank speak in the Dáil here


Cllr Carmel Kelly has welcomed news that estates in Kill, Naas and Sallins are finally being Taken In Charge.

Estates cannot avail of public services until they have been taken in charge by the Council. Such services might include the provision of street lights, clearing of drains, the fixing of potholes.

“The Taking In Charge of estates is an issue I have been highlighting for some time, a few months back following another request, I received a 30+ page report listing the many estates not yet in charge.”, Carmel said.

Below is a List of estates that the Building and Development Control Section propose to be taken in charge in the coming 6 months in Naas Municipal District: :

KILL – Saddlers Hall, Glendara and Rochford Abbey
SALLINS – Straffan Way
NAAS – Landen Park, Racecourse Gate and The Maudlings.

The following estates are proposed to be taken in charge by the end of the year:

SALLINS – Osberstown Court, Park, Drive, Sallins Wharf and Pier
NAAS – Aldergrove and Killashee View
KILL – Whitethorn Grove – The Mews

Cllr Robert Power – Blame for Housing Crisis lies with Government not Councils

Cllr Robert Power has criticised attempts by Leo Varadkar and Eoghan Murphy to pass the buck on the blame for the housing crisis and has claimed that new Housing Department guidelines will actually make it more difficult to access housing in the areas where it is most needed.

“This morning the Taoiseach doubled down on comments Eoghan Murphy made yesterday and attempted to deflect blame to County Councils saying that they are not doing enough to tackle the housing crisis.” Continue reading “Cllr Robert Power – Blame for Housing Crisis lies with Government not Councils”

O’Cearuil outraged at Irish Water failure jeopardising new development

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil has expressed his outrage at the claim that plans by developer Cairn Homes to build 400 homes in Maynooth could be in danger due to Irish Water’s lack of supply capacity.

It has been reported at the weekend that Irish Water only has the ability to cater for 40 homes rather than the anticipated 400 in the housing scheme.

Naoise said, “This shows complete ineptitude on behalf of Irish Water and the Government.”

“Powers over water were removed from the County Councils and given to Irish Water and this shows their inability to deal with those functions.”

“We are crying out for more housing in Maynooth and the entire future development of the town, including the Ring Roads is based on these future developments. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe needs to step in here if he is serious about the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland programme.”

The Fianna Fail politician continued, “The people of Maynooth and surrounding areas need more housing urgently and the lack of supply has increased rent levels to those on par with Dublin.”

“The situation is going from bad to worse and Irish Water needs to up it’s game in helping solve this country’s housing crisis.”