Fianna Fáil has gained 2 seats in Kildare North in the recent general election. Both candidates James Lawless and Frank O’Rourke were successful in their bid to win seats in Dáil Éireann in the election on 26th February 2016. Both candidates polled a remarkable 7,461 and 6,341 first preference votes respectively ensuring that Fianna Fáil is now the largest party in Kildare North at both council and national level. The result from neighbouring constituency Kildare South proved equally impressive as Sean Ó Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin were both elected also. The full results from Kildare North can be viewed here.
Cllr James Lawless has backed calls that the Central Bank rules on mortgage lending, in place since February of last year, need to be reviewed to examine the impact they are having on the ability of young couples and individuals to purchase their first home. In particular, he is calling for the rules to be modified in order that an established track record of paying rent is taken as evidence of ability to service a mortgage.
A survey carried out by Daft.ie last September found that it was cheaper to buy rather than to rent in 43 out of 54 areas covered by the survey. This means that, in up to 80% of the country, individuals and couples would actually be financially better off on a monthly basis paying a mortgage than paying rent for an equivalent property.
Speaking about the new jobs investment for Celbridge, Cllr Frank O’Rourke stated that “it is great news for Celbridge and Kildare with 250 New Jobs been delivered by Rye River Brewery. 150 of these will be permanent jobs with another 100 created during construction work. Congrats to Niall, Alan, Tom and all involved with this wonderful announcement. I am delighted to have engaged with Rye River and worked along side them to make sure the jobs stayed in Kildare after they announced that they were moving from Kilcock. They had offers to attract them away from Kildare.”
Fianna Fáil have completed the party ticket for the general election in Kildare North. The party’s national constituencies committee recommended the addition of Cllr. Frank O’Rourke of Celbridge onto the party ticket last Friday. A party convention had previously selected Cllr. James Lawless to contest the general election at a vote of party members last March and Cllr. O’Rourke will now join Cllr. Lawless on the party ticket. A party spokesman said the ticket was well balanced with two strong candidates selected. Both candidates had topped the poll in their respective areas in the local elections in 2014.
Micheal Martin TD with general election candidate Cllr James Lawless at a bbq which was held at Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip on 18th June. The party leader and Cllr Lawless toured Naas and Leixlip throughout the day.