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.
James 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.
The Kildare North Fianna Fáil local election campaign launch takes place at 10:30 am in the Westgrove Hotel, Clane, on Saturday 29th March. Fianna Fáil chief whip and TD for Kildare South, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, will officially launch the election campaign at 11:30 am. This will be followed by an address by outgoing Cllr. Liam Doyle. There will then be an address by each of the candidates from the three electoral areas.
Fianna Fáil in Kildare has issued a statement in support of the Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre project, which has been stalled by a refusal of the Department of the Environment to come through with EU funds approved by the County Kildare Leader Partnership.
The statement from Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD reiterates his party’s demand that the €356,000 be released, as the community has raised substantial sums through local funding, by a volunteer local committee which has invested two years into planning and developing a new facility.