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,...

COVID19 – Testing

Health: If you feel unwell contact your doctor in line with HSE guidelines. For any other information or if you cannot reach your doctor please consult the HSE website: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ Click on the 'Covid info-finder' link on the right hand side to...

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...

Drop €40 weekly room payment by homeless families

Full council: 24th Febuary 2020 Motion: That the council re-examines the financial contribution required of homeless families living in emergency accommodation,with a view to its removal from the 2021 budget. Report: In accordance with Section 10 of the Housing Act...

COVID19 – Testing

Health: If you feel unwell contact your doctor in line with HSE guidelines. For any other information or if you cannot reach your doctor please consult the HSE website: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ Click on the 'Covid info-finder' link on the right hand side to...