Power Calls on FG TD to Clarify Position on LEADER Funding

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

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”.

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Cllr Power: Maximising Our Tourism Potential

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

At the Kildare North Fianna Fail Transport and Tourism policy conference in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane,  Cllr. Rob Power led a discussion on ideas for developing the party’s tourism policy. The tourism sector contributes €5bn to the national economy and supports 200,000 jobs. Cllr. Power stated that it was important that government looks to protect these jobs and promote further employment and economic activity at all levels across the industry. The following are remarks made by the Naas area representative to the policy conference.

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New FF Plan Will Revitalise Kildare Towns & Communities

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Naas area Councillor Rob Power says a new plan published by the party earlier this week will help increase economic activity and job prospects in towns across Kildare. The “Streets Ahead: Fighting for the Future of Irish Towns” document aims to rebuild communities through a vibrant network of towns, with strong businesses, good employment prospects and a dynamic cultural life.

The plan proposes a fresh, all-inclusive approach to dealing with the range of problems currently facing regional towns. Rising vacancy rates, the emergence of out of town shopping centres; and crippling commercial rates and rents are decimating small businesses across the country. These new proposals will tackle these issues and provide the building blocks to revitalise these towns through a range of initiatives.

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Power Welcomes Taking-In-Charge Updates from KCC

Cllr. Robert Power

Cllr. Robert Power

Kildare County Council have announced today their intention to take in charge 38 estates around Kildare. This is a major issue across the county and according to Cllr Robert Power was probably one of the most common problems raised with me over the election campaign last year. Of these estates, five sit within the Naas district; three in Kilcullen (Cnoc na Greine, Cnoc na Greine Woods and Castlemartin), Sallins Wood in Sallins and Morrell Estate in Naas. The full list of 38 estates can be seen below.

“I’m particularly aware of the issues in Kilcullen where residents in Cnoc na Greine battled issues with sewage, drainage and a massive problems with lighting over the last number of years. I’m glad that these issues will now be handled directly by KCC which should lead to much quicker resolutions in the future. Although there are still many estates to be taken in charge across the county I’m also happy to report that extra resources and manpower have been allocated to the team overseeing this process” remarked Cllr Power.

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Kildare to Host Ógra Fianna Fáil National Youth Conference

Cllr. Robert Power, Cllr. Kate Feeney and Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil.

Cllr. Robert Power, Cllr. Kate Feeney and Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil.

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.

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