Prosperous – Not the Case in Terms of Public Infrastructure

Naoise on the street in Prosperous

Naoise on the street in Prosperous

Prosperous is falling behind other towns in Kildare in terms of infrastructure, amenities and services. With a population of over 2,500, the town should have basic amenities but this is not the case.

Fianna Fáil Rep, Naoise Ó Cearúil stated that “The situation in Prosperous is beyond a joke at this stage. There are no simple facilities for families or for residents of the town such as picnic benches, a playground or adequate lighting”.

The main amenity in the town is a footpath that surrounds the town and this is where the majority of people go for a walk. However this walk is posing a risk as there is no lighting on the footpath and an accident is sure to occur if this is not resolved.

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Kildare Tidy Towns Deserve Better

Several Tidy Towns groups around the county received news last week that their annual grant allocation under the Kildare County Council amenity fund would not be approved this year. This news is a massive setback to the trojan work and the huge voluntary effort members do in every area. This is a slap in the face for Tidy Towns as “Gathering” takes grant money away.

Naas Fianna Fáil representative, James Lawless, said he had been contacted by several groups who were bitterly disappointed at this news.

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Kildare North FF Welcomes U-Turn on Sale of Coillte

Kildare North Fianna Fáil welcome the announcement by the Government that is has reversed its decision to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights. This will bring relief to residents in Kildare who were worried over the future of Donadea forest.

FF spokesperson Deputy Ó Cuív said the Government finally decided to listen to reason and perform a U-turn on the “ridiculous” proposal.

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Irish Sign Language Motion Put Forward by Fianna Fáil

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith, chairperson of Clane Area Fianna Fáil

At the recent Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis, Kildare man Gerard Smith led a motion that Irish Sign Language (ISL) be recognised as an official language within the State. The delegates at the party’s annual conference in the RDS accepted the motion unanimously. The next stage will be to bring a bill through the Oireachtas to make it official.

Gerard Smith, a member of Fianna Fáil, has campaigned for years, along with the Irish Deaf Society, for the official recognition of ISL. There are over 45,000 members of the deaf community in Ireland. The ISL bears a huge cultural and human rights significance among the deaf and their families.

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