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Anthony Lawlor TD - NAAS Newsletter July 2011

  1. 1. Anthony Lawlor’s Newsletter Constituency Office I had the pleasure of Taoiseach Enda Kenny opening my constituency office on Saturday 7th May. Despite the rain A message from Anthony re people of Kilda a large crowd turned out to see the opening of the office, I am most grateful to the resent them in Dáil which I hope will see much traffic over the coming years. North for electing me to rep be in this position Éireann. I am honoured to for the people and and intend to do my best ve recently opened a area of Kildare North. I ha , which is open daily, constituency office in Naas p in if you wish to raise and I encourage you to dro also be more than happy an issue with me. I would eann for individuals, to organise tours to Dáil Éir it is your parliament! groups or schools. After all give my Dáil office a call Please do not hesitate to at Anthony.lawlor@ on 01 6183007 or email me tour. to arrange a with you. I look forward to meeting 100 Days in Office Nugent Manufacturing I am very happy with the achievements I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Stephen Nugent, the managing director, and all the of the new Government since the staff at Nugent Manufacturing, Naas on the magnificent steel structure they recently built, allowing election on 25th February. On gardener Diarmuid Gavin to take gold at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. It is wonderful that the Thursday 16th June, the Government town of Naas had an input into such a huge Irish was in office for 100 days and, as achievement overseas. promised, addressed three main areas of concern: I had the pleasure of visiting Nugent Manufacturing the day the “pod” was completed and I was amazed at • the design of a smaller and more the detail and work which was involved to complete effective banking system; this structure. • a Jobs Initiative which has set about changing the VAT and employer PRSI rates; the creation of an internship programme and restoring the minimum wage; • much needed reform of the political system with an overhaul of ministerial transportation; The final product at the political staffing arrangements Chelsea Flower Show and corporate donations, and a commitment to hold bye-elections within six months. These actions among many more, which were implemented in just the first 100 days, demonstrate the With Stephen Nugent in the commitment by the Government to workshop the morning after the fulfil their election promises. structure was finally completed. Anthony Lawlor TD - Working for the people of County KildareAnthony Lawlor Newslet July11.indd 1 15/07/2011 15:12
  2. 2. New shop openings l tics is Loca in Naas I was delighted to attend the opening of two new commercial businesses in Naas which have brought a jobs boost to the town. All Poli erage Treatm ent Plant erstown Sew at the expansion to Osb d th t It is expecte wn Sewerage Treatmen Located at the new Monread Shopping y Grants Centre, Argos has employed 30 people and Communit ersto r this Art hurstown tions the Osb to go to ten der late Boots have employed 13 new staff member, all organisa Plant is due nstruction commencing inf in addition to those employed in the town Congra tulations to eir application already. It is also great to see in the town in th successful from the Arthursto ll wn year, with co hortly after completion o S centre the new Sweet Emporium with long g for fundin mmunity Scheme. A early 2012. upgrading of the network constru ction, to the queues out the door every day after school Landfill Co alloca ted. will be given s now been will fo llow. Priority h will ensure that closes and the delightful aroma wafting funding ha on whic from the new bakery on North Main Street, Sallins Secti completed as early as works wil l be of the Sunflower Bakery. d upgrading Kerdiffstown Landfill Site possible . This propose current sewerage dress the I have met with the EPA to discuss plant will ad s. Online Motor the ongoing issues associated and issue in Sal lin Tax facility for the remediation of this landfill site. commercial vehicles Congratulations ate Cllr. Fintan In response to a Dáil Question I tabled I would like to congratul ent co-option rec Brett on winning the County Council, to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, I was delighted to learn that plans are in Naas Town Dev convention for Kildare ement as local place to enable commercial vehicles to 2011 – 2017 elopment Plan s and becoming my replac wish him every avail of the online motor tax service. He councillor for the area. II would also like informed me that currently 85% of the The Naas Town Development Pl success in his new role. gratulations to national vehicle fleet can be taxed online for 2011-2017 came into effect an to extend my warmest con nominated by s 6th June 2011. on Mary Ann O’Brien who wa Seanad. I am and arrangements are at an advanced plan can be ac The details of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the stage in his Department to enable a ce ssed at http:// ution to society further 327,000 commercial vehicles aastowncouncil/ delighted that her contribbeen recognised to be taxed online, when covered by a . and to County Kildare has current roadworthiness certificate. The at such a level. implementation of these reform measures will provide a more efficient service to small businesses, many of which are currently struggling, by easing an unnecessary administrative burden. Private cars can currently be taxed online at Funding for road projects I was delighted to learn that as part of the recently announced Jobs Initiative, €5m of the total funds of €15m for smarter travel and public transport initiatives, has been allocated to schemes in the Greater Dublin Area (including Kildare). The types of works being funded include bus corridor road improvements, pedestrian crossings, cycle routes, footpaths, and pedestrianisation projects. Included in this funding is €200,000 for improving the Kilcullen Road Junction. This work will involve signalising the junction known as “Swan” in Naas and will provide significant safety and utility improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. ‘Swan Junction’ Naas State visits The visits of Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama to Ireland in May catapulted Ireland onto the international stage and showcased the country as a spectacular tourist destination. Resulting from the Queen’s visit to Kildare alone, tourist accommodation in the county (according to Hotels. com) has seen a 191% increase in web hits from the UK, 111% from the US and 225% from within Ireland. I was particularly impressed by the security provided by the Irish services throughout both state visits. Credit must be given to the Gardaí and the Irish Defence Force for the excellent work undertaken in preparing for the visits and executing their security duties during the week. I was also delighted to see Queen Elizabeth II inspect the Captains Guard of Honour, under the command of local Naas man Captain Thomas Holmes (5th Infantry Battalion). This was a great honour for Captain Holmes, his family and for his Battalion. You did Naas proud! I had the pleasure of being in College Green on May 23rd to hear two wonderfully inspiring speeches by our Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US President Obama. A day to remember! ANThONy LAwLOr TD • Tel: 045 888488 • Email: anthony.lawAnthony Lawlor Newslet July11.indd 2 15/07/2011 15:12
  3. 3. Third Level Grant Applications The time of year is here again for students to apply for a third level grant. The forms and accompanying notes are available on the Department of Education website There will also be a supply of application forms available in my constituency office where I can also assist you with any questions you may have regarding the process. You should apply early to avoid delay! If you have any queries regarding the Grant Scheme you can contact the Higher Education Section of Kildare County Council on 045 980202 or email You should however be aware that Budget 2011 introduced a number of changes to the STuDeNT GrANT SCheme: 1: reduction in overall rates of grant kilometres) to 45 kilometres and applies to all students. • A reduction of 4% is to be applied to the rates of all student • The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012 academic grants since January 2011 year. • This reduction applies to all existing grant holders and to new C: Automatic entitlement of mature students to non-adjacent grant holders alike. rate of grant. 2: Qualifying distance criterion for non-adjacent rate of grant • The automatic entitlement of mature students to the higher non- adjacent rate of payment has been removed. • The qualifying distance criterion for entitlement to the higher non-adjacent rate of grant (distance from home to the higher • The implementation date is the start of the 2011-2012 academic education institution) has been changed from 15 miles (24 year. Changes to Citizenship Application Scheme announced Minster Alan Shatter has announced a contribute to more efficient and streamlined The introduction of this scheme also aims new scheme whereby, save in exceptional processing times. to address the unemployment crisis. Plans circumstances, persons applying for A new Citizenship Ceremony has also been are in place to recruit an appropriate citizenship will now be given a decision introduced to give proper recognition to the number of interns under the new Internship on their application within six months. importance of a person being granted Irish Programme announced in the Government’s On 17th June a new application form for citizenship. There are also new streamlined Jobs Initiative to assist in areas dealing naturalisation became available on www.inis. and accelerated checking procedures for with naturalisation applications such as the This more simplistic application form certain categories of applicants such as Citizenship Section of the Department of aims to dramatically reduce the numbers spouses of Irish citizens and applicants Justice and Equality and the Garda Vetting incorrectly completed and will substantially recently granted long term residency. Office. National Internship Scheme As part of the Government’s Jobs Initiative, a new National Internship Scheme was announced. This is a time limited scheme operating for two years only with 5,000 places. Internship placements will operate for a 6 to 9 month period with the payment of €50 per week additional to social welfare entitlements. It will operate in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The National Internship Scheme will be available to individuals who are on the Live Register and have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or signing on for credits for at least 3 months. Further information on this scheme can be found at http://www. National Issues The Irish political world has been rocked by the passing of three great politicians within a very short timeframe. Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was one of the great social reformers of our time. His foresight in terms of social justice, equality and Ireland’s place within the European Union was to bring this county in line with other modern European states. This sad passing was followed by that of another great Fine Gael politician Declan Costelloe, whose Just Society policy became a blueprint for the party to follow. Sadly, former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan also lost his brave battle with cancer at a young age and his presence in Dáil Éireann will be missed by the Fianna Fáil party in particular but also by Deputies from every political background. I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to the families of all three • Anthony Lawlor Newslet July11.indd 3 15/07/2011 15:12
  4. 4. Dáil Business • I have been appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education. • I have also spoken in the Dáil on a number of issues such as suicide prevention, white collar crime and the landfill sites in Arthurstown and Kerdiffstown. • I have engaged in a number of Dáil debates and raised on the Adjournment of the Dáil the need to extend water services to facilitate the new development at Intel. To keep up to date with my activities in the Dáil and to see footage of my Dáil speeches join me on Facebook. Some useful contact details: Kildare County Council (045) Naas Town Council (045) HSE Local Health Office (045) 873 200 ................. St. Mary’s, Craddockstown Road, Naas Naas Citizens Information Board (045) 879 489.................. Naas Social Welfare Office (045) 884430/884431..... Unit 2, Rathesker Square, Naas Naas Garda Station (045 897 333) .................Kilcullen Road, Naas Naas General Hospital (045) 897 221.................. Naas Fire Station (045) 879964 KDOC (out of hours GP Service) 1890 599 362 ..................Vista Primary Care Campus, Ballymore Rd., Naas 0612 your Local Naas Fine Gael Team: CLLr. CLLr. CLLr. CLLr. FintAn Brett MCC DArren SCuLLy MCC tC ALAn O’KeLLy tC eMer McDAiD tC E mail: Email: Email: Email: Address: 5 Johnstown Gardens, Address: 3 Kerdiff Park, Address: 67 Oak Glade, Address: 11 Maple Walk, Johnstown, Naas. Naas, Co. Kildare. Blessington Road, Naas, Oldtown Demesne, Naas, Contact Number: 087 6257842 Contact Number: 086-3860955 Co. Kildare. Co Kildare. ANThONy LAwLOr TD Email: Constituency Office: 56 South Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare Contact Number: 045 888488 Opening Hours: 9am -12am & 3pm – 5pm Clinics: Naas – Every Monday 4pm – 7pm Website: Find me on FacebookAnthony Lawlor Newslet July11.indd 4 15/07/2011 15:12