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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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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