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Naas newsletter March 2012


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Naas newsletter March 2012

  1. 1. Anthony Lawlor’s Newsletter thony A message from An year since I been that it has It is hard to believe s been! at a busy time it ha was elected, and wh eep learning curve an d Person ally it has been a st es every counter new challeng I will continue to en myself have tried to make day. Over the past year I have a public as possible. I as accessible to the ily, and as which is open da cons tituency office in Na to raise an drop in if you wish I encourage you to ppy to also be more than ha e with me. I would oups issu n for individuals, gr organise tours to Dáil Éirean Please do is your parliament! or schools. After all it tour. act me to arrange a not hesitate to contFINE GAEL’S FIVE POINT • Renegotiated the IMF/EU agreement to reduce the interest rate ALLOCATION OFPLAN – A YEAR LATER: • Provided no more cash to Anglo FUNDING FOR ROADS IN1. New Politics - Aim: To reform and • Forced State-owned banks to reduce CO. KILDARE improve the current political system interest rates to be in line with ECB Kildare CountyAchieved to date: 4. Public Sector Reform - Aim: To reform Council is to• Cut the number of Oireachtas committees and streamline the public service receive €20.8 Achieved to date: million in• Changed the legislative process to overall grants give backbenchers more of a voice • Drafted a plan to reduce the size of the public service by 23,500 for Road• Passed a referendum on judges’ pay Allocation• Implemented ministerial pay cuts and • Ended privilege days in the public sector and the decentralisation plan Funding in eliminated the use of State cars 2012. Included • Opened up senior positions to private2. Jobs - Aim: To do everything possible sector applicants is a Restoration to create jobs Grant of €4.8 • Plans to abolish or merge 40 quangos million whichAchieved to date: in 2012• Reduced the VAT rate for hotels, gives local 5. Health-Faircare - Aim: To reform our authorities the discretion to spend the restaurants and leisure to 9% health services by transitioning to a• Reduced employers’ PRSI in order to funds as they see fit. universal health care model reduce the cost of hiring people Achieved to date: Funding to the value of €410,000 has also• Increased tourism marketing • The HSE Board has been replaced been allocated in a Block Grant to Naas• Established NewEra, the Strategic Town Council. This grant gives greater • The Minister for Health is taking Investment Fund, the JobBridge greater control of the health service flexibility to Naas Town Council to select Scheme & an Action Plan for Jobs roads which they believe require work. • Cancer care and screening have been It also allows for a greater consultation3. Tax and the Budget Deficit - Aim: To improved get the budget deficit under control process with their colleagues in the County • A Special Delivery Unit (SDU) has Council to allocate funding appropriatelyAchieved to date: been set up to drive changes within individual hospitals to roads in the Naas area.• No increase on income taxAnthony Lawlor TD - Working for the people of Kildare North
  2. 2. STATE SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSESAlong with the recently announced Government’s Job Plan to create100,000 jobs by 2016, there are also a number of supports availableto assist start-up business or enterprises wanting to expand and/ortake on new recruits.If you are starting up your own business assistance can be foundthrough:• County Enterprise BoardTheir role is to provide a source of support for micro-enterprise in thestart-up and expansion phases, to promote and develop indigenousmicro-enterprise potential and to stimulate economic activity and • Seed capital schemeentrepreneurship at local level. If you start up and work full-time in your own company, you canSee: for further information. claim back the income tax you paid in the previous six years to invest equity into a company (subscribed as shares) engaged in a• High Potential Start Up (EI) qualifying trade. For full information see: Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) team provides en/tax/it/leaflets/it15-seed-capital-scheme.pdfintense support, seed and venture capital to entrepreneurs and earlystage companies that are considered to have an innovative product, If you require assistance to take on new workers:service or technology, and have the potential to achieve exports • Revenue Job Assistsales and create employment. See http://www.enterprise-ireland. Revenue Job Assist offers both employers and workers an incentivecom/en/Start-a-Business-in-Ireland/ for more information. where people who have been 12 months on the live register (or• Competitive start up fund (EI) disability allowance) are taken on.The Competitive Start Fund awards €50,000 to innovative start- - The employer gets double write-off of the wages plus employersups, which have the capability to succeed in global markets. PRSI for three years. Further information for employers is availableFor more information on the Competitive Start up Fund e-mail: here: or phone 01 7272202 - The worker gets an extra tax allowance. Further information for• Micro Finance fund employees is available here: Government is finalising a Micro finance fund targeted at start- leaflets/it58.pdfup, newly established, or growing micro enterprises across allsectors, employing not more than 10 people. It will provide loans • JobBridgeof up to €25,000 for commercially viable proposals that do not meet JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will providethe conventional risk criteria applied by commercial banks. It should an initial 5,000 places for 6-9 months in the private, public orbe up and running by April 2012. community and voluntary sectors. To qualify you must be signing on as available for work and getting a payment or credits for three mounts. Participants will receive an additional €50 on top of theirRelief for Stressed Home Owners welfare entitlement. For further information see Minister John Perry also recently launched a new website whichWhen the Budget was announced last December it was brought to is an open resource for small businesses of all background atmy attention that some homeowners who bought during the years various stages of development on business planning and financial2004-2008 would not be entitled to the higher rate of 30% interest management. www.smallbusinessfinance.iemortgage relief. I raised this matter on a number of occasions withthe Minister and was delighted to know that my efforts paid off withan amendment in the Finance Bill. According to Minister for FinanceMichael Noonan TD: “I have been impressed with how active Anthony GOVERNMENT CREATIONLawlor has been in working for his constituents. After the Budget, OF JOBS TO DATEhe actively lobbied for the inclusion of those who drew down theirmortgage between 2004 and 2008 and those who made their first ✔✔Extra 15,900 places for further education and training programmesinterest payment in those years in order to qualify for the revisedmortgage interest relief arrangements. After considering his proposals ✔✔New National Internship Scheme providing 5,000 and consulting with the Revenue Commissioners, I was pleased to be work experience placesable to extend the eligibility in the Finance Bill.” ✔✔Lower rate of employers’ PRSI halved ✔✔VAT on tourism-related services cut by a third under the Jobs InitiativeNew contact details for Naas Town ✔✔Reversal of minimum wage cutCouncil planning applications ✔✔Extra €75m for shovel-ready transport projects to From January 2012 Planning Applications relating to Naas Town create/sustain 1,000 jobsCouncil are to be submitted to Naas Town Council Planning ✔✔Extra €40m for 2011 Summer Works Scheme for Department, Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. 453 schools to create 2,400 jobsContact details in relation to planning applications are as follows: ✔✔New support programme for home energy Planning Enquiries 045 980845 retrofitting to create 2,000 jobsFax Number 045 980834 ✔✔Rolling out the last phase of the National Email Address Broadband SchemeDevelopment Contributions 045 980843Compliance 045 980833ANTHONY LAWLOR TD • Tel: 045 888488 • Email:
  3. 3. Success of al oc Punchestown 2011 It was recently revealed that €60 million A ll Po litics is L CASUAL TRADING was generated by the 2011 Irish National VATION Hunt Punchestown Festival. Interestingly, ISE A ND INNO ive Following an extenss, Naas Town in excess of €8 million was spent on attire ENTERPR R NAAS t at the s budge as the consultation proces FUND FO passed it ced a new alone. A staggering €7 million was spent by n council hieveme w nt n council has introdu bye-laws. Naas tow011. The key ac e and Innovatio set of casual tra ding female attendees on hats, dresses, coats, d of 2 f an Enterpris 00,000 fund e it illegal shoes and accessories in 2011. Almost half en o €1 These bye-laws mak ted without creation the town. This initiatives thatof for stands to be erec of the visitors attending the Festival were fund for sed to support mic wellbeing ly al of the the express approv ly limited female and on average spent €196 preparing will be u te to the econolors are current council and under on for the day. contribun. Town council f the scheme circumstances. the tow on the terms o shortly. Further working ublication due at with a p tion is availablee informa astowncouncil.i RD VIC AWA osted its NAAS CI cil h wn Coun late Naas To ivic awards in ent c w annual . The awards s in y OSBERSTOWN JUNCTION SALLINS Februar iduals or group de an to indiv ave ma to the I have made a number of representations in n who h n the tow nt contributio ony relation to the need to install traffic lights at im porta s. The cerem and aa all the Osberstown Junction to aid pedestrians life of N in the town h ulate accessing the train station. Negotiations are wa s held e to congrat lik Male attendees also went to extra lengths to currently underway in relation to the allocation I would ell deserved of grant funding to undertake this work and our all the w f awards. compete with their female counterparts by ts o spending in excess of €1 million on racing local Councillors are working hard to ensure this recipien work is completed without delay. attire. This is very welcomed news for the local shops and boutiques, particularly in Naas, who reap the benefits of such spending. 58% decrease in people on trolleys in Naas General Hospital The number of people waiting on trolleys in Naas General Hospital has been reduced by 58%, thanks to initiatives undertaken by the Special Delivery Unit (SDU) over the winter months. Between January 3rd and 25th of this year, there was a total of 178 people waiting on trolleys at Naas General Hospital, which is a significant drop of 58% compared to the figures for the same period last year, which saw 425 people waiting on trolleys. While having 178 people waiting on trolleys over a three week period is still too many, a decrease of 58% on last year means we are moving in the right direction. The SDU, which was established by It will aim to ensure that 95% of patients I’d like to thank the hospital management Minister James Reilly last June, is will be discharged or admitted within six and staff of Naas General Hospital for their providing tailored guidance to hospitals hours of registration at an emergency tremendous hard work and dedication on how to cope with, and reduce, department. We also want to ensure no over the last 12 months which delivered overcrowding in emergency departments. one is waiting more than nine months for such impressive results. It is important The success of the SDU to date will be planned surgery and further targets will that we continue to work together and further built on over the coming year, be set to improve access to outpatient further improve on these figures. with more ambitious targets than before. and diagnostic •
  4. 4. Useful Numbers Competition Time! Kildare County Council (045) 980200 For the opportunity to win a tour to Dáil Éireann followed by a meal in the Dáil Restaurant for two Naas Town Council (045) 980990 people, email me the answer to the HSE Local Health Office (045) 876001 following question: St. Mary’s, Craddockstown Road, Naas Naas Citizens Information Board (045) 879 489 Q.Who is the for current Minister Naas Social Welfare Office (045) 884430/884431 Unit 2, Rathesker Square, Naas Transport, Tourism Naas Garda Station (045 897 333) and Sport? Kilcullen Road, Naas All correct answers to Naas General Hospital (045) 897 221 Naas Fire Station (045) 879964 Deadline for receipt of entries Friday 16th March KDOC (out of hours GP Service) 1890 599 362 Vista Primary Care Campus, Ballymore Rd., Naas. New website I have launched my ‘new look’ website page If you are interested in how I spend my time in the Dáil and my opinions on various matters, log onto the website to see my speeches, responses to Dáil Questions and Press Statements. As your public representative in the Dáil it is important that you know of my activities. Cllr. Fintan Brett MCC Email: Address: 5 Johnstown Gardens Johnstown Naas Contact Numbers: 087 6257842 0612 Cllr. Darren Scully MCC TC Email Address: 3 Kerdiff Park, Naas, Co. Kildare Contact Number: 086-3860955 Cllr. Alan O’Kelly TC Address: 67 Oak Glade, Blessington Road, Your Local Naas Naas, Co. Kildare Contact Number: 086 3623940 Fine Gael Team: Cllr. Emer McDaid TC Email Address: 11 Maple Walk, Oldtown Demesne, Naas, Co KildareANTHONY LAWLOR TD Contact Number: 085 7054862Email: Clinics: Naas – Every Monday 4pm – 7pmConstituency Office: 56 South Main Street, Website: www.anthonylawlor.ieNaas, Co. Kildare. Find me on FacebookContact Number: 045 888488Opening Hours: 9am -12am & 3pm – 5pm