James Lawless has criticised the failure of the Government and Minister Shane Ross in particular for their failure to urgently tackle the pressing issue of lack of capacity on the Kildare Line
James commented, “With an election looming we could badly do with a new Minister for Transport who actually engages on the brief. I have raised the parking (and carriage capacity) issues at Sallins in particular, and Kildare line in general, with Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister Ross numerous times but it seems they are not listening.”
“In the meantime I continue working with private and public interests and pushing for the stakeholders to work this out but really its time for a new government and a new Minister to instruct the NTA and Irish Rail, provide budgets and make this happen.”
James Lawless has expressed his delight that the RIC demonstration scheduled for the 17th January of this month has been cancelled by the Government.
The decision comes in the wake of public uproar and the decision of many Fianna Fáil representatives to boycott the ceremony.
“I am delighted to see common sense prevailing as the RIC commemoration event has been cancelled. I wouldn’t have been attending the commemoration for reasons I shall outline below.” Continue reading “LAWLESS DELIGHTED THAT PLANNED RIC COMMEMORATION CANCELLED”
James Lawless TD has expressed his satisfaction that Kildare County Council has refused planning permission for a proposed wind farm in North West Kildare.
Permission had been sought for a 12-turbine wind farm and amenity trail in the Dunfierth area.
James commented, “The Council were of the opinion that the local road network does not have the capacity to accommodate the heavy construction traffic and that the volume of traffic and type of vehicles would therefore endanger public safety.”
“I welcome this decision. While we need to transition to renewable energy, it must be done in consultation with local communities and in tandem with the necessary improvements of infrastructure. This application has already been refused multiple times and it was unfair to revisit it on the people of north west Kildare.”
Yesterday in the Dáil James Lawless asked the Taoiseach to intervene in the ongoing crisis with parking facilities at Sallins Train Station.
James commented, “The carpark expansion has not been delivered and this week’s board meeting of CIE kicked plans to touch again. The Minister for Transport has refused to take any interest in the issue. The Taoiseach has now requested Minister Shane Ross to respond directly to me on the matter. I am also seeking an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of CIE. This cannot continue.”
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James Lawless joined climate strike and extinction rebellion protesters at Naas town hall yesterday.
James said, “Many of them were children on Schoolstrike. I discussed with them the importance of using and investing in public transport, moving to renewable fuels and properly managing our scarce resources. Also “Green Friday” should see us shop local and source produce as close to home as possible. Groups like these make a difference and continue to send a message to politicians that we must continually do more ourselves and bring others with us on this critical journey.”