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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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 Expresses Concern at Kerdiffstown Landfill Application

James Lawless raises concerns over latest application at Kerdiffstown landfill site.

Sallins Fianna Fáil Representative James Lawless has expressed concern as to the proposed new waste facility at Kerdiffstown, at an adjacent site to the A1 landfill which was only recently shut down amongst huge controversy and public expense.

“The new application comes in from an apparently different party but there are too many similarities for people to be comfortable about this starting off again” said James. “There is such a negative history of waste management and enforcement actions in the area that people are rightly thinking ‘once bitten, twice shy’” continued James.

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