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.”


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.”


Celbridge Burst Water Mains raised by O’Rourke Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has met with Irish Water to raise the issues surrounding the water main which burst again in Celbridge in January.

“The 12 inch water main burst in Celbridge in January. This water main services many homes and businesses in Celbridge. When it burst, it caused major disruption to residents, businesses, nursing homes, schools etc. I met with Irish Water in the Dail last week to highlight the disruption caused, and to see what action was being taken by Irish Water to address the problems.”

“Irish Water acknowledges the difficulties caused, and have given me a commitment that they are going to carry out an inspection to check the integrity of the 700m long pipe, which will include the bedding along the water main. They have committed to putting a plan in place to replace this section of water main, if that is what is required after they complete the inspection and survey which I have requested.”

“This is a very positive outcome. Irish Water will be engaging with me to update me on this project, once they have all the information collated. I also received a commitment from Irish Water that they will engage with Kildare Co Co to ensure that should such a water main burst again, that the response will be more responsive and plans would be put in place to have a round the clock response. I will continue to raise the issue with Kildare Co Co and Irish Water to ensure that they address the underlying issue around water supply for Celbridge.” Concluded Deputy O’Rourke.


James Lawless TD joined some of the students protesting for Climate Action on the streets of Naas today

James commented, “Their generation gets that change is needed and urgently. At Dail level I have supported and spoken on bills to divest fossil fuel investments, to ban new fossil fuel explorations, to reduce waste, to ban single use plastics and many more. With the world heating more in the last 150 years than the previous 5,000 the time for action is now.”


Frank O’Rourke has said Simon Harris’s tenure as Minister for Health has been marred by outpatient lists he simply cannot get to grips with.

Deputy O’Rourke was commenting as figures revealed that there has been a sharp increase in the number of patients languishing on outpatient waiting lists at Naas General Hospital since Minister Harris took up office.

                                     Frank O’Rourke

Deputy O’Rourke explained, “In May 2016 when Simon Harris became Minister for Health there were 839 people waiting greater than 12 months for an outpatient appointment at Naas General Hospital. In February 2019 this number stood at 2,989, representing a 256% increase. Nationally, there are now 541,899 people waiting for an appointment with a consultant. That’s almost equal to the population of Connacht at around 550,000. When the numbers waiting for an appointment is set to surpass the population of a province surely it’s time for the Minister to take action. This is clearly a crisis yet we see very little appetite from Minister Harris to tackle these astonishingly bad figures. Having had first-hand experience of the consultants and staff in Naas General Hospital – I know they are doing their very best under challenging circumstances. They deserve more help from the Minister”, concluded Deputy O’Rourke.