Lack of transparency in KCC Part II

The Development of Newbridge Town Hall While I am delighted at the allocation of €400,000 last year to refurbish Newbridge Town Hall ( see pictures of the interior now being revealed inch by glorious inch ) the veil of secrecy around its development is unacceptable to me both as a public representative and as a […]

Farcical use of ‘In committee’ meetings to gag people-the Great Connell saga.

I am concerned at the incorrect use of ‘in committee’ meetings within the Council. For those not familiar with officialese ‘in committee’ is similar in effect to ‘in camera’ and means that the meeting is private, no minutes are kept and no-one may discuss the meeting in public subsequently. Kildare-Newbridge municipal district has had ‘in […]

That the council provide details of derelict sites/buildings in the district with an update on how many there are and where

My second motion in Septembers Municipal Distrtict was  “that the council provide details of derelict sites/buildings in the district with an update on how many there are and where, how many have been assessed for dereliction in the last year versus how many were actually designated derelict and the outcome or consequences in each case […]

Artwork commissioned for Georges’s Street

One of my questions in Septembers Municipal District meeting was “Why were the councillors who had used their allocation of monthly motions/questions to find out where the artwork commissioned for Georges’s Street in 2009, since left in storage, not invited to or even made aware of a visit facilitated by the council, to which traders […]

Building Control Regulations for single dwelling houses and extensions

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey T.D, has made new amendment regulations which remove the mandatory requirement for statutory certificates of compliance in respect of a new dwelling on a single unit development or a domestic extension. An owner, which includes self-builders, of such projects […]

Standing up for small business

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Each year we seek to build the capacity of enterprise to create jobs. The actions being taken are making a difference. We need to make sure enterprise knows what is available. I have set out here important supports for: Starting Up Access to Finance Recruiting Exporting and Innovation Finding […]