His comments come as Kildare County Council announce that it has decided to allow the HSE to extend the planning permission for a significant extension of Naas General Hospital. 

The extension would include a new endoscopy/day services unit as well as Physical medicine and oncology departments. 

James commented, “The extension of planning is welcome. However it also serves to highlight the HSE have stalled on this project since the original planning was granted in 2014. The endoscopy unit in particular is badly needed, I have visited the hospital to inspect existing facilities and I have raised this on the floor of the Dail with Minister Simon Harris. Whilst the planning is key and I welcome this decision, it is imperative that the HSE now press ahead with funding and concrete plans to develop this needed extension.”

Four New Classrooms at Newtown National School welcomed

Local Fianna Fáil Representatives have welcomed the announcement that four new classrooms will be provided at Newtown National School.

James Lawless TD commented “A number of weeks ago I had pleasure of visiting Newtown National School with local Cllr Paul Ward. Meeting with teaching staff it was very clear that the school had reached full capacity and urgently required additional classrooms. Having raised this with the Minister for Education in the Dáil I am delighted to confirm that four new classrooms will be provided for the school. I look forward to continuing to work with the school to aide their development and advocate for the teachers and students in Newtown.”


Frank O’Rourke TD has welcomed the publication of a recent survey by IBEC which states that nearly 80% of Kildare premises now have access to High speed broadband

However he says that gaps in broadband services in Kildare need to be addressed.

“Kildare has the second best connectivity out of the 26 counties in the country. However, we need to ensure that gaps in the service in rural areas in Kildare  are addressed.” Continue reading “O’ROURKE URGES GREATER RURAL ACCESS TO BROADBAND”


The Government‘s recently announced  action plan for Rural Ireland must benefit the people and the communities from rural parts of Kildare, according to Frank O Rourke TD

“I welcome the Government’s announcement and its action plan for rural Ireland. Any walk around towns in rural Kildare, such as Johnstownbridge, Kilcock, Newtown, Derrinturn and Prosperous shows how they would benefit from the action plan announced.” Continue reading “O’ROURKE : RURAL ACTION PLAN MUST BENEFIT RURAL KILDARE”

James Lawless TD has welcomed the extension of Broadband services to rural parts of North-West Kildare

Map of new broadband coverage in North West Kildare New Broadband coverage in North West Kildare

“I am delighted to unveil the coverage map of areas which will receive fibre speed broadband where previously there has been slow or inconsistent broadband coverage. Working with Imagine, we have brought the service to the north west of the county following meetings with residents and hearing their concerns around the lack of coverage in the area.”

“As a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, and someone who is passionate about improving our broadband services I am delighted to be able to let residents know of the service rollout which is live and taking applications now. A huge issue when I met with residents in the area was the lack of coverage in places like Newtown, Johnstownbridge, Carbury, Broadford, and Timahoe. All these areas will now have access to fibre speed broadband. As people can see from the coverage map there is now comprehensive coverage across north west Kildare.”

“It has been said time and again how important broadband is for the local community in terms of education and business. It is a credit to Imagine for working with me and appreciating the concern and demand from residents in the area.”