Leixlip Newsletter Oct 2011


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Leixlip Newsletter Oct 2011

  1. 1. Anthony Lawlor’s Newsletter A om Ant ony message frthe people ofh ldare North for Ki to I am most grateful in Dáil Éireann. I am electing me to represent them to do my position and intend ho noured to be in this of Kildare North. I ha ve a best fo r the people and area h is open daily, and I am constituency office in Naas, whic ing so I every Thursday even g a clinic in Celbridge to raise holdin ntact me if you wish encourage you to drop in or co organise more than happy to an is sue. I would also be als, groups or school s. tours to Dá il Éireann for individu sitate to ent! Please do not he r all it is your parliam l me at Afte 01 6183007 or emai give my Dáil office a call on tour. htas.ie to arrange a an thony.lawlor@oireac ting with you. I look forward to meeIncreased funding for Winter RoadMaintenanceMinister for Transport, Tourismand Sport, Leo Varadkar, has These works will provide a cleaner, brighter more welcomingallocated an extra €1.25 experience for the customer. It is anticipated that these stationmillion to help local authorities upgrade works will be completed by year end. The overall estimatedaround the country with winter cost of the refurbishment programme is €2 million.maintenance and keeping roadsclear during harsh weather. Thetotal being allocated nationallycomes to €11.25 million, withKildare County Council set toreceive €262,788, an increase of €29,199. According to recentreports in the press, we are set to have another cold winter and itis reassuring to know that the Council will be prepared for extremeweather conditions.Funding to upgrade Louisa Bridge andConfey train stationsFunding of €2 million is being provided to Iarnród Éireann to upgradethe railway stations on the Maynooth line. This line had been one ofthe fastest growing routes in the Irish Rail network with approximately15,000 passenger journeys daily. Despite the fact that the trainservices along this line have been modernised over recent years, thestations, however, have not been upgraded since construction and are Be sure to vote!now in need of modernisation. Therefore the following elements are On the 27th October, Irish citizens are being given an opportunityincluded in the proposed works: to vote for the next President of Ireland. Because of the successful two term tenure of President Mary McAleese, the last time a vote was• Building structural, platform and lighting improvements; put to the people was in 1997. The role of the President has evolved• New customer shelters and furniture on platforms in recent decades to become more high profile and the recent state incorporating new seating; visits by both Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama are testimony• Upgrade of station signage plus new information panels; to this. Therefore, I encourage people to use their democratic right• New signage on approach roads; to vote at this very important election and I hope there will be a high• Upgrade of electrical services at each station. turnout on the day.Anthony Lawlor TD - Working for the people of Kildare North
  2. 2. Winners of Leixlip Tidy Estates, Medium Estate CategoryFront Gardens and Adopt an Area 1st prize: Leixlip Parkcompetitions 2nd prize: Duncarraig Large Estate CategoryFirstly, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to 1st prize: Ryevaleeveryone who made an effort to make Leixlip a prettier and tidier Lawnstown. Their hard work throughout the year should be recognised andcommended. Well done! Adopt an areaCongratulations to all the winners in the various categories of this Small area winner –local competition. Old Hill, two flower beds on left and rightFront Gardens adopted by I.C.A.1st Joint Winners: Eamon & Catherine Farrell, 1027 Avondale & Small area runner Kevin Carey, 52 Lougnamona Park up – the side of RoseAward for Innovation: Christie Muldoon, 1048 Avondale Cottage adopted byAward for the Best Lawn: Valerie Colton, 120 Glendale Meadows John & Valerie Malone, Large area winner –Most Improved Garden: Mary McHugh, St. Catherine’s Bungalow Barnhall Roundabout,2nd front Garden: The O’Connor Family, 56 Castletown adopted by Leixlip Tidy3rd front garden: Mary & Paddy Haughney, 59 Leixlip Park Town Association.4th front garden: Marian Lyons, 39 Riverforest, Large area runner up5th front garden: Brigid Lambe, 70 Oaklawn –Leixlip Garda Station,6th Front garden: Mary Keane, 47 Forest Park Adopted by Ryevale7th front garden: Patricia Kinnane, 35 Glendale Lawns Residents Overall WinnersHighly commended: Kathleen Poynton, 181 Glendale Meadows; Adopt an Area: Leixlip Tidy Town Association for the work on theKeelan & Nancy Doolan, 95 Leixlip Park; Bill & Angela Leahy, Barnhall Roundabout9 Forest Park; Gordon & Mabel Long, 341 Castletown; Nancy Front Garden Competition: John and Valerie Malone of Rose CottageDunne, 1034 Avondale; Mary Geraghty, 249 Castletown; Raymond Best Overall Estate: Castletown EstateKilpatrick, 208 Ryevale Lawns; Kay McLoughlin, 3 Forest Park.Estate Winners LOCALSmall estate category1st prize: Ryemont Abbey TICS IS ALL POLI s Tidy TownJoint 2nd prize: Loughnamona & Rockingham ed in the to all involv to see that Leixlip Well done e. It is great ed ints award Committe the number of po the 2011 increased e judging panel in 12 Leixlip will o Town isChanges to the Fuel C lations t h ongratu Joe Neville on ach of to it by th ompetition. In 20 ry of entry into C National its 50th anniversa be great toAllowance and Household Coun cillor ment as Cath aoirle im appoint wn Council. I w le. ish h cele brate etition an d it would er. h the comp ints increase furtBenefits Scheme Le ixlip To in his new ro est se e the po all the bFrom September 2011 a number of changes havebeen introduced to the Fuel Allowance and HouseholdBenefits Scheme:• Fuel Allowance is to be standardised at €20 per h regret With Halloween approachi It is wit ichael week, the rate currently received by the majority planning a celebration to ng, I urge everyone that F r. M careful manner. It is alw do so in a safe and rmer of customers. ays wonderful to Hurley, fo rish see so many adults and Leix lip Pa d• From September 2011, the top –up Smokeless chi streets on this date but ldren take to the as move Fuel Allowance of €3.90 per week will no longer regrettably every year Priest, h tures new. carelessness results in per onto pas e sorely be paid. This will affect residents in the Leixlip damage to property. Let sonal injury and He will b ’s area which is a designated smokeless fuel area. 2011 a fun and safe one make Halloween missed. ! contact Leixlip fire statio For emergencies• The number of free units provided under the n on (01 6244455). Electricity and Gas Allowance will be reduced from 2,400 to 1,800.• The rate of the cash payment for Electricity and Gas Allowance will be adjusted from €43.80 a month to €35.80 a month from Tuesday 6th September 2011.• The annual value of the Gas Allowance will be adjusted from €489 to €393 effective from 1 September 2011.• The rate of the cash payment will be adjusted from €40.70 a month to €32.70 a month from Tuesday 6th September 2011.• The monthly rate of the Telephone Allowance will be adjusted from €25.91 to €22.22 effective from 1 September 2011. This change is automatically applied to your bill.• The Department has negotiated a deal with Eircom which will provide customers in receipt of the ‘Social Benefits Package’ with line rental (€25.36) and a monthly call allowance of €1.50 (reducing from €2.47).• Help will continue to be available for people with special or additional heating needs through the Heating Supplement and Exceptional Needs Payment Scheme under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.ANTHONY LAWLOR TD • Tel: 045 888488 • Email: anthony.law
  3. 3. the form of a pension levy and a reduction challenged their constitutional right to in basic salary. Although a voluntary the Supreme Court. They did so on the scheme was established allowing judges basis that the Oireachtas did not have the to make a contribution to the Revenue power to establish such a committee and Commissioners, not all judges availed of that the Committee’s findings may have the scheme (21 out of 147 judges failed to adverse effects on their constitutionally- make any contribution). protected right to one’s good name. The Supreme Court subsequently found Purpose of the Referendum: The that the Oireachtas did not have the Programme for Government contains a inherent general power to set up an specific commitment to hold a referendum investigative committee. Rather, under to amend the Constitution so that judges’ the Constitution, it had limited powers to Referenda pay can be adjusted as part of any general inquire into certain matters with a view to Along with the Presidential Election on public service reduction. drafting protective legislation. 27th October, the Irish people are also being asked to vote in two referenda. Referendum 2: The Thirtieth Purpose of the Referendum: The reversal Amendment of the Constitution of this decision by the Supreme Court will Referendum 1: The Twenty Ninth (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiry) ensure that the Oireachtas has an effective Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2011 – This amendment to system of inquiry which can secure effective (Judges Remuneration) Bill the Constitution will reverse the and cost-efficient parliamentary scrutiny 2011 – This amendment to the effects of the Abbeylara decision of issues of significant public importance. Constitution will reduce the and will enable Oireachtas This is essential in facilitating more remuneration of Judges in line Committees to undertake full open, transparent and better Government with other public servants. investigations. as promised in the Programme for Background: In the aftermath of the Government. By passing this referendum Background: In 2009 the then Finance shooting dead by members of the Gardaí of the Oireachtas would be in a position Minister, Brian Lenihan, announced John Carthy in Abbeylara in April 2000, an to conduct an inquiry into the recent that judges would be exempted from Oireachtas Sub Committee was formed to banking scandal. pay reductions imposed on other publics servants because the Constitution investigate the circumstances surrounding precluded such cuts. These reductions took his death. A number of Gardaí who were compelled to appear before the committeewillintoto Dáil Business I was delighted to be appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education. The work of this committee will be instrumental in getting Ireland back on its feet and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. I have spoken in the Dáil on a number of issues such as suicide prevention, white collar crime, electoral reform, bankruptcy laws and the protection of Good Samaritans in our society. 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 and the need to ring fence funding to deal with the landfill site at Kerdiffstown. I have tabled a number of Dáil Questions to various Ministers on topics such as extra resources in Co. Kildare as a result of the To keep up to date with my activities in the Dáil, increased population according to Census 2011; the level of funding distributed by including speeches and responses to Dáil Questions, Irish Aid and the need to extend the online join me on Facebook or on my website page. service for motor tax to commercial vehicles.ny.lawlor@oireachtas.ie • www.anthonylawlor.ie
  4. 4. Leixlip useful contact details: Kildare County Council (045 980200) www.kildarecoco.ie Leixlip Town Council (01 6245777) Newtown House, 41 Captain’s Hill Leixlip Health Centre (01 6244931) Main Street, Leixlip Community Welfare Office (01 6245266) Leixlip Health Centre, Main Street Social Welfare Branch Office (01 6106000) Town Hall, Maynooth Naas General Hospital (045 897 221) www.hse.ie Connolly Hospital (01-646 5000) Blanchardstown, North East Doctor on Call (1850-444600) KDOC Newbridge (01 890 599 362) Leixlip Community Library (01 6060050) Captain’s Hill, Leixlip Leixlip Garda Station (01 6667800) Station Road, Leixlip Leixlip Fire Station (01 6244455) Mill Lane, Leixlip For all local information on Leixlip www.leixlip.ieDáil Reform Competition Time!I warmly welcome the package of reform for Dáil Business, For the opportunity to win a tour of Dáilwhich have been effective since September 2011. Among Éireann followed by a meal in the Dáilthe measures, the Dáil will now sit earlier on Tuesdays and Restaurant for two people, email thewill sit on the first Friday of every month; Topical Issue answer to the following question:Debates will be introduced giving backbench TDs morespeaking time; Leaders Questions will now be taken by theTánaiste on Thursdays and TDs can raise issues regarding Q.Who is the current Junior Minister forreplies to Parliamentary Questions. European Affairs? All correct answers to anthony. lawlor@oir.ie Deadline for receipt of entries 31st October 2011. Kildare County Council Representative Cllr. Senan Griffin Email: griffins@eircom.net Your Local Leixlip Address: Ballygoran, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contact Numbers: 01-6285177/ 087- 2331267 Fine Gael Team: Leixlip Town Council Representative Cathaoirleach Joe Neville Email: joeneville.no1@gmail.comANTHONY LAWLOR TD Address: 93 Ryevale Lawns, Leixlip, Co. Kildare Contact Number: 086 6062207Email: anthony.lawlor@oireachtas.ieConstituency Office: 56 South Main Street, Cllr. Teresa Byrne Email: tbyrne35@gmail.comNaas, Co. Kildare Address: 1035 Avondale, Leixlip, Co. KildareContact Number: 045 888488 Contact Numbers: Home – 01 6243124, Mobile – 087 6951546Opening Hours: 9am -12am & 3pm – 5pmCelbridge Clinic: Every Thursday 7pm – 8pm Cllr. Pat Burke-WalshVenue - Kildrought Inn, Main Street, Celbridge Email: pbw397@gmail.com Address: 397 Ryevale Lawns, Leixlip, Co. KildareWebsite: www.anthonylawlor.ie Contact Numbers: 087 1335633 Find me on Facebook