Chief Executive Report – July Meeting

This months  News and Highlights – Chief Executive Report-July Meeting

Annual Meeting of Kildare County Council

Councillor Sean Power was elected Mayor of Kildare at the annual meeting of Kildare County Council and Councillor Robert Power was elected Deputy Mayor.

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF)

As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government announced the establishment of a new Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), primarily to support the compact growth and sustainable development of Ireland’s cities and large urban centres.

Maynooth Harbour Cycleway Link

Minister Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport officially opened the Maynooth Harbour Cycleway Link on Monday, 02 July 2018.


An Bord Pleanála has confirmed the Compulsary Purchase Order (CPO) for remediation of Kerdiffstown Landfill and the construction of Kerdiffstown Park, on the 11 May 2018.

Summer Stars

Summer Stars Reading Adventure 2018 is currently running in Kildare Library Service. Registration began on the 23 June 2018 and runs until the end of July and so far more than 2000 children have registered to take part.

Heads Up – Young Men’s (18-24 years) Programme

Email below I received re: Heads Up Programme.

We were delighted to be successful in our recent application to the Department of Community and Youth Affairs, Q.C.B.I. Innovation Fund to develop a programme for young men aged 18-24 years in Kildare following a successful pilot earlier in the year.  The aim of the programme is to support marginalised young men aged 18-24 years build positive futures and realise their full potential by providing a community based youth mental health programme.  These programmes will be offered in Athy and Kildare Town (Phase 1).

 When will it happen?

Phase 1 – 5 sessions, 1 day a week X 2 groups, September to October.

Phase 2 – 20 sessions, 2 days per week, October to December.

How will it be run?

Group work, individual 1:1’s, peer learning, sharing of stories, reflection, physical exercise, access to counselling supports and a range of creative arts etc.

 What will the programme focus on?

4 key elements of Heads Up.

  1. Wellbeing & resilience.
  2. Life planning.
  3. Physical fitness.
  4. Social connection.

 What are the programmes objectives?

To enable participants to:

  • Develop skills, confidence and knowledge to support their mental and physical health.
  • Build resilience.
  • Access supports and services within their community.
  • Make positive life choices.
  • Develop strong protective factors that will enable them deal with what life brings.
  • Create more positive future outcomes, including improved mental health, educational attainment, better parenting, reduce crime and positive coping strategies.

 We are now taking referrals.  The referral process is key to engaging young men and the role of the referrer/key worker is central.  We will meet any young man who may be interested/unsure about the programme at your premises/other suitable locations within 7 days of receiving a referral/request from yourself.

Deirdre Bigley – Life Planning Coordinator – will be available on Tuesdays to meet potential participants.  Please consider any young men you may know who might benefit.

 Attached please find:

  • A copy of our poster for the Young Men’s programme commencing the second week of September in both Athy and Kildare Town.
  • A copy of the referral form.
  • A copy of the dates for the programme in both locations.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 HeadsUp Kildare Young Mens Prog Sept 2018

Council put a protocol in place to ensure that all councillors are consulted in pre-budget discussions and consultations

My motion at July’s Full Council Meeting, ‘That the council put a protocol in place to ensure that all councillors including those not represented on the Corporate Policy Group or at meetings of group leaders at which no minutes are taken, are consulted in pre-budget discussions and consultations.
Here is the report issued by: Ms F Millane, A/Head of Finance; , ‘Kildare County Council follows the relevant legislation vis-a-vis the budget process (Appendix I attached). The Corporate Policy Group are consulted with regard to the overall budget strategy; the draft budgetary plan is brought to all elected members at the municipal district meetings in October and discussed with the members then. In addition, each municipal district has a nominated representative on the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is convened a number of times in September and October to discuss how the draft budget is progressing. If members have particular concerns they can be brought to the Finance Committee by themunicipal district representative.
The draft budget that is presented by the Chief Executive to the elected members in November, is the best estimate of expenses based on the resources available to the organisation. This budget can, however, be amended by the members by agreement at council. In accordance with legislation the draft budget is brought to council in November where it is discussed and agreed, subject to amendments brought by the members. In Kildare there is also a pre-budget meeting a week or so in advance of the actual budget where members can discuss line items with the relevant senior officials.
If the elected members wish to change any element of the budget they can do so, by agreement at the budget meeting, but should always be aware that any amendments must be met by reductions to other, identified areas of expenditure and/or valid areas of additional income.

Council watchdog reveals satisfaction rankings

The National Oversight and Audit Commission’s Local Authority Satisfaction Survey of the 10 largest local authority areas has revealed that Limerick City and County Council tops the rankings in overall satisfaction, with a score of 69%, ahead of South Dublin County Council on 61%, Fingal County Council on 58%, Galway County Council and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council on 57%, and Dublin City Council on 53%, the national average.

Cork County Council, Meath County Council, Kildare County Council, and Tipperary County Council scored below the average, from 46% down to 40%. Of the services offered by councils, affordable housing saw the greatest discrepancy between importance and satisfaction, with 27% considering it the most important local authority service, while just 25% were satisfied with availability. Satisfaction was higher on other important services, such as roads, parks, footpaths and local amenities and leisure areas.

Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick, welcomed the survey results, saying they validated the “hard work being done by the local authority’s troops on the ground.”

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NOAC Local Authority Satisfaction Survey 2018 (1)


Pedestrian lights/yellow box at College Farm/Sexes Bridge

My second question at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘Can the council include in its annual budget to be agreed in the autumn a budget for pedestrian lights/yellow box at College Farm/Sexes Bridge to deal with ongoing safety and traffic flow issues at this location?

Report: A technical examination will have to be carried out to assess the suitability of a pedestrian light at this location

Traffic Management Plan for Newbridge

My first question at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘Can the council outline the process, timeline and funding for the delivery of the eagerly anticipated Traffic Management Plan for Newbridge, detailing all progress since the draft plan was presented by the National Transport Authority to municipal district councillors in February?

Report issued by Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section: The Director of Services is engaging with the National Transport Authority (NTA) in relation to proposed plans for the Newbridge area. As per Motion 10 (Councillor Lynch) if the members are in agreement, this request can be forwarded to the NTA for response.

Traffic calming and Pedestrain safety around Athgarvan

My first motion at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘That the council include in its annual budget to be agreed in the autumn a budget for traffic calming and pedestrian safety around Athgarvan to include a pathway from the lights at Athgarvan towards the Mill, and speed ramps near Connolly Villas.

Here is the Report Issued by Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section: The Municipal District Office will list the location to be surveyed and assessed for possible inclusion in the 2019 Road Works/Local Property Tax (LPT) Programme. It may not be possible to install a footpath from the traffic lights to the Mill due to the road width restrictions and may require land acquisition and relocation of services (ESB etc). The Municipal District Office will assess the location further and report back to the members. The request for traffic calming near Connolly Villas, Athgarvan will be referred to TAAG for assessment.

Chief Executive Report – June Meeting

News and Highlights to the  Chief Executive Report-June Meeting

  • Change in District Managers – effective from July 2018

Athy – Mr N Morrissey

Celbridge-Leixlip – Mr T McDonnell

Kildare-Newbridge – Mr J Boland

Naas – Mr P Minnock

Maynooth – Ms S Kavanagh

  • The Boundary Commission Report was received on 14 June 2018 and is available on the membersnet.
  • Development Bonds for Housing Estates As and from the 25 May 2018 the Building and Development Control Section have taken over the acceptance, monitoring and maintenance of the development bonds from the Planning Authority.
  • Speed Limit Review – Pre-Draft consultation notices have been issued inviting adjoining local authorities, An Garda Siochána, elected members, members of the Oireachtas and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to make submissions/observations.
  • Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) Minister Ring launched the new €4,500,000 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) on 31 May 2018.


Council facilitates the provision of a governance training session to members of the Public Participation Network in Kildare

My motion at Monday’s  (25th June) Full Council meeting; ‘That the council facilitates the provision of a governance training session to members of the Public Participation Network in Kildare.


Here is the report issued by Ms S Kavanagh, Director of Service, Economic, Community and Cultural Development;  The Department of Rural and Community Development fund training programmes for People Participation Networks (PPNs). If the PPN members feel that there is a demand for a certain type of training then they can communicate that through the PPN resource worker. Kildare County Council will of course facilitate and support any such request.