Fianna Fáil has gained 2 seats in Kildare North in the recent general election. Both candidates James Lawless and Frank O’Rourke were successful in their bid to win seats in Dáil Éireann in the election on 26th February 2016. Both candidates polled a remarkable 7,461 and 6,341 first preference votes respectively ensuring that Fianna Fáil is now the largest party in Kildare North at both council and national level. The result from neighbouring constituency Kildare South proved equally impressive as Sean Ó Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin were both elected also. The full results from Kildare North can be viewed here.
Cllr 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.
Fianna Fáil have completed the party ticket for the general election in Kildare North. The party’s national constituencies committee recommended the addition of Cllr. Frank O’Rourke of Celbridge onto the party ticket last Friday. A party convention had previously selected Cllr. James Lawless to contest the general election at a vote of party members last March and Cllr. O’Rourke will now join Cllr. Lawless on the party ticket. A party spokesman said the ticket was well balanced with two strong candidates selected. Both candidates had topped the poll in their respective areas in the local elections in 2014.
Micheal Martin TD with general election candidate Cllr James Lawless at a bbq which was held at Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip on 18th June. The party leader and Cllr Lawless toured Naas and Leixlip throughout the day.
Cllr James Lawless has lodged his submission in objection to the proposed Maighne Wind Farm in North West Kildare this week. The submission to An Bord Pleanála comes as over 1000 families across Kildare submit their concerns. The 47x167m turbines are set to damage house prices, tourism, and the local economy if built. Cllr Lawless was one of the first councillors in Kildare to raise concerns about the Maighne Wind Farm at council level calling for a planning moratorium until the new planning guidelines were in place.
Submitting his objections this week Cllr Lawless cited “the premature nature of the building of the proposed wind farm given Kildare County Council are currently drawing up wind energy project guidelines and at government level a public consultation is still underway”.