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”.
There was a full house at Cllr James Lawless’ recent election campaign event in Sallins. The event which was a breakfast for supporters was held at Café Grange in Sallins marked the first in a series of campaign events which the Lawless campaign will be holding around the Kildare North Constituency.
Cllr Lawless was selected in March as the Fianna Fáil candidate for the upcoming general election in Kildare North. The breakfast was a great success with queues forming out the door and barely enough chairs to seat everyone. A great buzz ensued, the mood was optimistic and all present were confident that Fianna Fáil will win a seat back in the constituency at the next election.
At the party’s Ard Fheis last weekend which took place in the RDS, Dublin, Cllr James Lawless spoke on the motion condemning the high interest rates charged by Irish banks on variable rate mortgages. These particular mortgages attract rates up to 2% higher than the average across the eurozone where interest rates are now at all time lows. Cllr Lawless, together with party finance spokesperson Michael McGrath TD, have condemned this practice and will be putting pressure on banks and the Government to address this anomaly which is costing families up to €6,000 extra in interest per annum compared to similar sized tracker mortgages. Below is a copy of Cllr Lawless’ speech.