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 Confirms Irish Water Still Delaying Taking in Charge of Kildare Estates

James Lawless with Sean O'Fearghail TDJames Lawless, Naas area local election candidate, had questions raised in the Dáil last week, seeking clarification regarding the stalling of taking-in-charge of estates since the set up of Irish Water. Kildare South Deputy, Sean O’Fearghail, tabled a number of questions to the Minister on James behalf to clarify the situation on water and taking-in-charge.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan responded stating there is no specific legal impediment preventing the taking-in-charge of estates by local authorities. However, when James spoke to Kildare County Council on 6th May, they confirmed to him that taking-in-charge cannot progress as the new Irish Water rules have put a hold on everything.

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Lawless Success on Garda Clinic for Kill

James Lawless has setup a community alert scheme as well as Garda clinic for Kill since station closure.

Kill village can sleep a small bit safer now, thanks to the efforts of Fianna Fáil representative James Lawless and Superintendent Ian Lackey in Naas Garda Station.

Following the government closure of Kill Garda station earlier this year, Mr. Lawless has been working with Garda management to provide an alternatives policing presence in Kill village and surrounds.

Superintendent Lackey, has now agreed to a new Garda clinic in Kill to be held weekly. The clinic will be located at the Parish Office and will be held every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm. The clinic is on a trial basis and will be reviewed again in the new year based upon levels of activity and local demand.

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