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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Ben Doyle Picked for Election in Maynooth Area

Ben Doyle has been selected to run for Fianna Fáil in the Maynooth area. A Peace Commissioner appointed by the Department of Justice, Ben lives in Carbury with his wife and two children.

He has worked tirelessly in the Carbury area over the past few years on issues such as unfinished housing estates in Derrinturn, lack of amenities for children and is presently working on bringing a new Enterprise Unit to the North West Kildare area. He is especially proud of his involvement in the establishment of an Autistic Unit in St. Conleaths’ local primary school.

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Paul Ward Selected to Contest Election in Maynooth Area

Kilcock resident Paul Ward has been selected to contest the May 2014 Local Elections in the Maynooth Local Electoral Area. The Maynooth Comhairle Ceantair is pleased to announce that Kilcock resident Paul Ward has been selected to run in the 2014 Local Elections.

Paul is married to Thersa Tighe a local secondary school teacher in Scoil Dara Kilcock and has two young children both being educated in Kilcock. He is a barrister by profession having previously worked for nine years as an investigation barrister for the Ryan Report.

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