Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil has called on the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) litter results into question. For the second year in a row the organisation has said that Maynooth, Co. Kildare falls short of “clean” status. It is one of six towns in Ireland to be deemed not “clean”. Ó Cearúil commented, “These results really have to be questioned. Not only has Maynooth won a Bronze medal two years in a row in the Tidy Towns competition but it only won ‘Ireland’s Best Kept Large Town’ last July”.
Kildare County Council have agreed to create an Irish Language Committee (Coiste na Gaeilge), following a motion submitted by Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil. The committee will be comprised of eight members to begin. Five councillors, one per grouping, the Irish Officer for the council and two members of the public.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr. Ó Cearúil stated, “this is an important issue to me and to many Irish speakers in Kildare. There is a Gaelscoil in nearly every town in Kildare and Irish Language usage is growing year on year. I stated during the meeting that the committee will be inclusive and seek to promote the language and engage with the public as much as possible.”
The motion received widespread support from Fianna Fáil colleagues and other parties.
Ógra Fianna Fáil are to hold their 2014 National Youth Conference in the Westgrove Hotel, Clane Co. Kildare. The joint bid from Ógra organisations in both Kildare North and South beat off competition from other constituencies to host the weekend of policy debate in November of this year.
The decision was made by the Ógra National Council at a meeting in Athlone on Saturday where Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil and Cllr. Robert Power presented the bid on behalf of the Kildare organisation.
Fianna Fáil is growing its membership again. With two Ógra Councillors elected in Kildare and the NYC coming in November, the party hopes to capitalise and recruit new young members. Young members in Kildare will have a fantastic opportunity to have their say in how we run our party.
Fianna Fáil won 12 seats to Kildare County Council which is the largest seats total ever for the party in the county. This also places it with 30% of the seats making it the largest party in the council chamber. The party’s candidates are delighted with the result and have thanked voters and campaign supporters for the result at the polls on May 23rd.
Of the 14 candidates the party did run in Kildare, 2 unfortunately were not successful: Gráinne Whelan in the Celbridge-Leixlip district and Ben Doyle in the Maynooth district, however, this wasn’t for a lack of effort as both candidates put a lot of work in to their campaigns.
In 4 of the 5 districts in the county, Fianna Fáil topped the poll. These were Athy, Kildare-Newbridge, Naas and Celbridge-Leixlip. With such a strong mandate, the party’s candidates look forward to working together on the council and the challenges facing Kildare over the next 5 years.