Cllr. Lawless Lodges Submission Against Maighne Wind Farm

Cllr Lawless and Cllr Ward Inspect Mount Lucas Wind Farm

Cllr Lawless and Cllr Ward Inspect Mount Lucas Wind Farm

Cllr James Lawless has lodged his submission in objection to the proposed Maighne Wind Farm in North West Kildare this week. The submission to An Bord Pleanála comes as over 1000 families across Kildare submit their concerns. The 47x167m turbines are set to damage house prices, tourism, and the local economy if built. Cllr Lawless was one of the first councillors in Kildare to raise concerns about the Maighne Wind Farm at council level calling for a planning moratorium until the new planning guidelines were in place.

Submitting his objections this week Cllr Lawless cited “the premature nature of the building of the proposed wind farm given Kildare County Council are currently drawing up wind energy project guidelines and at government level a public consultation is still underway”.

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Ben Doyle Picked for Election in Maynooth Area

Ben Doyle has been selected to run for Fianna Fáil in the Maynooth area. A Peace Commissioner appointed by the Department of Justice, Ben lives in Carbury with his wife and two children.

He has worked tirelessly in the Carbury area over the past few years on issues such as unfinished housing estates in Derrinturn, lack of amenities for children and is presently working on bringing a new Enterprise Unit to the North West Kildare area. He is especially proud of his involvement in the establishment of an Autistic Unit in St. Conleaths’ local primary school.

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Fitzpatrick and Ó Cearúil Selected as Candidates for Maynooth Electoral Area

L-R: Declan Brennan, Senator Mark Daly, Naoise Ó Cearúil, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Gerard Smith

Fianna Fáil has selected two candidates to contest next year’s local elections in the redrawn Maynooth local electoral area.

At a selection convention that took place at Kilcock GAA on Tuesday 1st October Darragh Fitzpatrick and Naoise Ó Cearúil were selected to contest the election, which will take place next May.

The new Maynooth local electoral area covers an area including Maynooth town as well as Kilcock, Clane, Prosperous, Johnstown Bridge and Carbury.

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Kildare North Fianna Fáil to Select Local Election Candidates

The Kildare North Fianna Fáil organisation is to select its candidates for the upcoming local elections that are set to take place in May 2014. The party will select members for each of the three electoral areas by ballot of its members under the new One Member One Vote rules.

The party’s candidate selection convention for the Maynooth electoral area will take place on 1st October at Kilcock GAA at 8pm. The Naas electoral area convention will be held on 2nd October at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas at 9pm. The Celbridge electoral area convention will be on 3rd October at the Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip at 8pm.

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High Court Rules Government Tender Processes Illegal

James Lawless (right) with John O’Brien from EMC Copiers

A country wide group of small businesses, including Kildare managed Copier Supplier EMS Copiers, have successfully taken legal action against the government for effectively changing the basic terms and conditions of a public tender after it had been agreed.

The group instructed James Wall Solicitors based in Clane to challenge the position adopted by the State. James Wall stated “The case was fully defended at great expense but the High Court agreed with the applicant companies’ position which was that the Minister had no entitlement to interfere with the procedure after it had concluded and as a result rule out the possibility of local businesses doing business with other local businesses. The Court held that any interference was unlawful and therefore ineffective”.

That ruling is binding on the government but the State has not yet taken any positive action to implement the decision.

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