Central Bank Mortgage Rules Should Look at Rent Payments – Lawless

James Lawless Fianna FailCllr 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.

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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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Lawless: Irish Water Issue Blocking Estate Maintenance Resolved

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

The long awaited protocol from Irish Water for taking in charge of estates finally issued on the 6th November. Cllr. James Lawless has been campaigning for estates to be taken in charge by the council for the past two years. When an estate is taken in charge it means that the council assume responsibility for maintenance such as fixing street lights and repairing broken kerbs. If an estate is not taken in charge it can lie in limbo for years with nobody performing basic maintenance, especially with so many builders going bust in recent years. Cllr. Lawless had been working with a number of estates to get them taken over by the council and the final blocker was Irish Water which had created an obstacle from the 1st January this year on any new taking in charges.

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Lawless Expresses Concern at Kerdiffstown Landfill Application

James Lawless raises concerns over latest application at Kerdiffstown landfill site.

Sallins Fianna Fáil Representative James Lawless has expressed concern as to the proposed new waste facility at Kerdiffstown, at an adjacent site to the A1 landfill which was only recently shut down amongst huge controversy and public expense.

“The new application comes in from an apparently different party but there are too many similarities for people to be comfortable about this starting off again” said James. “There is such a negative history of waste management and enforcement actions in the area that people are rightly thinking ‘once bitten, twice shy’” continued James.

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Naas Fianna Fáil Election Candidates Announced

The Naas Fianna Fáil team for 2014: James Lawless, Cllr. Willie Callaghan and Robert Power.

Naas Fianna Fáil’s election candidates were announced at the party’s selection convention that took place on 2nd October at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas. Three candidates were selected to run in the local elections scheduled to take place in May 2014.

Cllr. Willie Callaghan, James Lawless and Robert Power were nominated by the members and selected at the convention to run in the Naas local electoral area. The Naas local electoral area includes Naas town as well as Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Caragh, Kilcullen and Ballymore Eustace.

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