Outline recommendations of the Local Government Audit Service and of our internal audit in relation to Voluntary Housing Associations

My motion at May’s full council meeting ‘That this council outline the recommendations of the Local Government Audit Service and of our internal audit in relation to Voluntary Housing Associations and the plan for (or progress) implementing said recommendations. Report Issued by Tadhg McDonnell, Director of Services, Housing and Corporate Services : The Local Government […]

Home Care – The Way Forward

The new Public Consultation process on home care has now commenced. The consultation, launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, TD, is aimed,  in particular, at people who use Home Care services, their families and the general public.  However, everyone with […]

Town/County Twinning

My motion at June’s Full Council meeting, ‘Unless and until the council addresses its’ failure to ask all Town or County Twinning Associations to provide evidence of good governance, accountability, transparency and fairness in the expenditure of council funds which, being tax-payers money of up to €100,000 +/yearly, the Twinning Associations are likely to, and […]

Need for a comprehensive small town centre improvement upgrade at Athgarvan

My second motion at today’s (21st June) MD meeting was a joint motion by myself,Councillor Pender, Councillor Power & Councillor Lynch. ‘That the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District recognise the immediate need for a comprehensive small town centre improvement upgrade at Athgarvan. This should comprise of an upgrade to the crossroads to include a Plaza Type design […]

Review of the Town Hall

My first motion at today’s (21st June) MD meeting ‘ That the review of the Town Hall includes a matrix pricing structure allowing for flexible pricing of the Town Hall. This should include a reduced fee for people or organisations renting the Town Hall for a purpose with a clear community dividend. A more appropriate […]

Update regarding the Traffic Management Plans and the Town Design Statements for Newbridge and Kildare Towns

My second question at today’s (21st June) MD meeting ‘ Can the council provide an update regarding the Traffic Management Plans and the Town Design Statements for Newbridge and Kildare Towns? This should include: an explanation as to why the €70,000 Local Property Tax (LPT) fund allocated by municipal district councillors for Town Design Statements […]

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

The Standards Commission has produced two sets of guidelines which will be of particular interest; 1.Guidance for Designated Public Officials https://www.lobbying.ie/media/6033/guidance-for-designated-public-officials.pdf 2. Guidelines on lobbying in relation to development and zoning of land. https://www.lobbying.ie/media/6020/zoning-and-development-guidelines-v2.pdf