Issues

News, Updates and Resources

Here I report on some events and activities in which I have been involved that relate to an issue affecting our locality or County. Also are articles discussing specific topics or motions that have been raised at Council, as well as articles highlighting progress on plans, services or facilities.   Get in touch if you would like to meet, get involved with, or have comments on any of these issues. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section also or share for discussion on social media.

 

Submission: Ireland’s Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

The aim to produce a long-term strategy for the reduction of Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 is welcome. However, I would like to note at the outset, significant concerns with the way the consultation has been conducted on this critical public issue. These...

Green Forum – First Meeting

Thank to everyone who came to the first meeting of the Green Forum in the Acre Project, Celbridge last Wednesday 4th Dec. The idea behind the Forum is to connect everyone interested in climate change and biodiversity recovery and to mobilise for concrete actions that...

Public meeting on Climate Adaptation Strategy

On Friday 5th July, we had a very successful public meeting on Kildare County Council's climate adaptation strategy. Hosted by Ciara Galvin and myself, it was an active session of information sharing and questions to the Council represented by Director of Services,...

Planning

The Government's General Scheme on the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 proposes significant restrictions on the ability of the public to access justice in the courts on planning and environmental issues. To explain the issue I asked Fred Logue for some...

Local Authority Funding

Local Authority Funding is based on a Needs and Resources model set up in 2000. The purpose of the model was to bring about equalisation between local authorities in terms of having enough resources, from central grants and local income, to provide a reasonable level...

Environmental data that Council holds

Municipal District: 17th January 2020 Motion: That Kildare County Council provide a list of all environment-related datasets held by the Council on the Celbridge-Leixlip MD. These may include but are not limited to: traffic counts, water quality data, air quality...

Planning

The Government's General Scheme on the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 proposes significant restrictions on the ability of the public to access justice in the courts on planning and environmental issues. To explain the issue I asked Fred Logue for some...

Local Authority Funding

Local Authority Funding is based on a Needs and Resources model set up in 2000. The purpose of the model was to bring about equalisation between local authorities in terms of having enough resources, from central grants and local income, to provide a reasonable level...