Power Welcomes Taking-In-Charge Updates from KCC

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Kildare County Council have announced today their intention to take in charge 38 estates around Kildare. This is a major issue across the county and according to Cllr Robert Power was probably one of the most common problems raised with me over the election campaign last year. Of these estates, five sit within the Naas district; three in Kilcullen (Cnoc na Greine, Cnoc na Greine Woods and Castlemartin), Sallins Wood in Sallins and Morrell Estate in Naas. The full list of 38 estates can be seen below.

“I’m particularly aware of the issues in Kilcullen where residents in Cnoc na Greine battled issues with sewage, drainage and a massive problems with lighting over the last number of years. I’m glad that these issues will now be handled directly by KCC which should lead to much quicker resolutions in the future. Although there are still many estates to be taken in charge across the county I’m also happy to report that extra resources and manpower have been allocated to the team overseeing this process” remarked Cllr Power.

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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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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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