Cllr Rob Power has questioned whether Fine Gael backbench TD Anthony Lawlor is actually aware of what’s going on in rural Kildare. Cllr Power has accused Kildare North TD Anthony Lawlor of being “either ignorant to the situation in rural Kildare or allowing his standards as a government backbencher to slip”. The comments come after Deputy Lawlor issued a press release “welcoming €5.26 million LEADER funding for Kildare”.
“What Deputy Lawlor doesn’t seem to realise is that €5.3m represents the lowest amount of funding for any county in the country.” Kildare County Council have written to the Department of Environment asking for clarity on why the amount allocated to the county is so low. Cllr Power added, “I find it amazing that a county such as Kildare with a large rural population would be at the bottom of the list nationally for LEADER funding. Even more amazing is how any politician could “welcome” such a decision for their own county”.