LAWLESS BASHES BROADBAND PLAN

James Lawless was on Radio 1’s Today With Miriam discussing the National Broadband Plan

James said the government have managed to drive it 6 times over budget, 3 times over due, to 1/3 less houses and still plan at the end to give it all away to a private company.

James commented, “Yesterday’s report by the Communications Committee, of which I am vice chair, raises really serious concerns about the tender process and follows a majority Dáil vote, Department of Public Expenditure and the Public Accounts Committee in finding that this tender is way over price and over spec and risks wasting billions of taxpayers money to achieve what could be done much faster and cheaper.”

You can listen to James’ interview here

O’ROURKE WELCOMES JOHNSTOWNBRIDGE SCHOOL BUS ANNOUNCEMENT

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

“A School Bus Service is currently in place linking Enfield to Kilcock. I am delighted that this service will be extended to collect pupils in Johnstownbridge. Details are been finalised with Bus Éireann for the service to be operating in the coming days”

I am delighted that I have now received confirmation from Minister Halligan that the extended bus service to Johnstownbridge will be in place in the coming days for the new school year. I first raised this matter with the Minister and his officials, when a number of parents contacted me with their concerns three years ago.”

“I have continued to press Minister Halligan over the last number of years on this issue and I must acknowledge his commitment and work to have this service provided. He was personally committed to providing this service and I appreciate his support.”

“Children attending Scoil Dara Kilcock in Kilcock from Johnstownbridge did not have access to a public school transport service. This will now be provided and it is long overdue. Great credit is due to the parents who have campaigned relentlessly to have this provided and I was delighted to have assisted.”

LAWLESS WELCOMES NEW BUS LINKS TO SALLINS STATION

James Lawless has welcomed the National Transport Authority have taken on board suggested changes to Bus Routes serving Sallins Train Station.

James commented, “I recently wrote to the NTA about local transport issues and suggested that changes should be made to the 139 bus route, allowing it to be used for short hop journeys between Clane, Sallins and Naas, providing support to the train service. I am delighted that the NTA has agreed to some of these changes which are effective from this month on certain rush hour services.”

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O’ROURKE AND COLEMAN WELCOME NEW SCHOOL BUS SHELTER

Frank O’Rourke TD and Cllr Michael Coleman have welcomed the construction of a Bus Shelter at St. Wolstans School in Celbridge

Frank commented, “I’m delighted to see the Bus Shelter installed on the Clane road beside St. Wolstans school. This was an issue that myself and Cllr Michael Coleman has been working on for some time at the request of all those that use public and school transport. This Bus Shelter will now give an improved standard for all those people waiting to get the Bus at this location.”

“I will continue to make representations for further Bus Shelters to be installed at the appropriate locations in North Kildare. I want to thank the NTA and Kildare Co Council for their assistance in delivering this Shelter.”

O’ROURKE CRITICISES LACK OF ACTION ON INSURANCE COSTS

Frank O’Rourke TD has again highlighted Government lack of action in relation to reducing the cost of insurance as there is no sign of the National Claims Information Database being set up

Frank commented, “Insurance continues to be a critical issue for businesses and consumers. I know from my weekly clinics the negative effect of the high cost of insurance. It is putting excessive cost pressure on small businesses and putting a unfair burden on motorists.”

“The National Claims Information Database was supposed to be set up to provide transparency about the level of claims in Ireland. This was an important policy commitment to attract new entrants into the Insurance market in Ireland, and would not just bring down premiums but would also help tackle insurance fraud.”

“This National database was to be up and running last year. The Government seems to have washed its hands of setting up this database. As stated by our Finance Spokesperson, Michael McGrath TD, this database should be managed and controlled by the State, not by the insurance industry, and avoid competition law issues.”

“I will continue to press the Government to implement the recommendations from the Cost of Insurance Working Group. We need greater focus on reducing insurance costs as the average annual cost of motor insurance now stands at €750 compared with €450 in 2014, an increase of nearly 70%.”