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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Full House at Lawless Election Event

Dara Calleary TD with Cllr James Lawless

Dara Calleary TD with Cllr James Lawless

There was a full house at Cllr James Lawless’ recent election campaign event in Sallins. The event which was a breakfast for supporters was held at Café Grange in Sallins marked the first in a series of campaign events which the Lawless campaign will be holding around the Kildare North Constituency.

Cllr Lawless was selected in March as the Fianna Fáil candidate for the upcoming general election in Kildare North. The breakfast was a great success with queues forming out the door and barely enough chairs to seat everyone. A great buzz ensued, the mood was optimistic and all present were confident that Fianna Fáil will win a seat back in the constituency at the next election.

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Lawless Condemns Exorbitant Variable Mortgage Rates at Ard Fheis

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

At the party’s Ard Fheis last weekend which took place in the RDS, Dublin, Cllr James Lawless spoke on the motion condemning the high interest rates charged by Irish banks on variable rate mortgages. These particular mortgages attract rates up to 2% higher than the average across the eurozone where interest rates are now at all time lows. Cllr Lawless, together with party finance spokesperson Michael McGrath TD, have condemned this practice and will be putting pressure on banks and the Government to address this anomaly which is costing families up to €6,000 extra in interest per annum compared to similar sized tracker mortgages. Below is a copy of Cllr Lawless’ speech.

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Cllr James Lawless Selected by FF to Contest General Election in Kildare North

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

Fianna Fáil Councillor James Lawless was selected to contest the upcoming General Election on behalf of the party for Kildare North. The selection follows a convention which took place at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane with more than 200 members in attendance. The convention was chaired by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD.

Speaking following his selection, Cllr Lawless commented, “It is a great honour to be chosen to represent Fianna Fáil in the Kildare North constituency for the upcoming General Election. Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition in Kildare and I look forward to working with the organisation and wider community to regain a seat for the party in Kildare North.”

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Power Calls on FG TD to Clarify Position on LEADER Funding

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr Rob Power has questioned whether Fine Gael backbench TD Anthony Lawlor is actually aware of what’s going on in rural Kildare. Cllr Power has accused Kildare North TD Anthony Lawlor of being “either ignorant to the situation in rural Kildare or allowing his standards as a government backbencher to slip”. The comments come after Deputy Lawlor issued a press release “welcoming €5.26 million LEADER funding for Kildare”.

“What Deputy Lawlor doesn’t seem to realise is that €5.3m represents the lowest amount of funding for any county in the country.” Kildare County Council have written to the Department of Environment asking for clarity on why the amount allocated to the county is so low. Cllr Power added, “I find it amazing that a county such as Kildare with a large rural population would be at the bottom of the list nationally for LEADER funding. Even more amazing is how any politician could “welcome” such a decision for their own county”.

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