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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New FF Plan Will Revitalise Kildare Towns & Communities

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Naas area Councillor Rob Power says a new plan published by the party earlier this week will help increase economic activity and job prospects in towns across Kildare. The “Streets Ahead: Fighting for the Future of Irish Towns” document aims to rebuild communities through a vibrant network of towns, with strong businesses, good employment prospects and a dynamic cultural life.

The plan proposes a fresh, all-inclusive approach to dealing with the range of problems currently facing regional towns. Rising vacancy rates, the emergence of out of town shopping centres; and crippling commercial rates and rents are decimating small businesses across the country. These new proposals will tackle these issues and provide the building blocks to revitalise these towns through a range of initiatives.

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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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Lawless Slams Government on Sallins Bypass and M7 Upgrade Funding Cuts

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless has expressed his dismay at the news that the government have refused to grant funding for the Sallins bypass, Osberstown interchange and M7 widening projects. Minister Pascal Donohue confirmed in Dáil questions last week that funding would not be forthcoming for these projects. “These are absolutely vital projects, not just for Sallins and the Naas area, but for the whole county” said James.

“I know the Sallins bypass is eagerly awaited not just in Sallins and the immediate area where it will bring huge relief but right across North Kildare where everyone knows the journey time it will take to get past and into Naas or out the far side. Sallins village itself is stuck in a warp also that every single planning project is told it can happen after the bypass. Local business organisations, residents, the whole community is up in arms over this abandonment of Sallins and the Naas area” claimed Cllr. Lawless.

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