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  • Title: James Lawless - A View from the Tracks
    Descriptive info: .. James Lawless A View from the Tracks.. Politics, Kildare, Work and Play!.. Search.. Main menu.. Skip to primary content.. Skip to secondary content.. Home.. About Me.. Contact Me.. Policy Goals.. Post navigation.. Older posts.. Still no shelter in sight at Sallins and Naas train station.. Posted on.. July 6, 2012.. by.. James.. Reply.. A commuter at Sallins station yesterday.. Sallins and Naas railway station has been undergoing maintenance and upgrade works for the past several months and installation of a new footbridge and ramp has almost completed.. Whilst welcoming the upgrade, spokesperson for NASRUG (Naas and Sallins Rail Users Group) James Lawless said it was important the station retain the same level of facilities after the upgrade as beforehand or it risked defeating the purpose.. “Well obviously the disability access is most welcome and was very important and we lobbied for that for some years before we got it” said James.. “But as part of the process they removed the shelters which means people were literally kept waiting in the rain, hail and snow all through the winter months”.. “People could put up with that over a limited period but we are still wondering when and what kind of shelters will be installed at the finish” said James.. “With the weather not exactly being Summery this is still a live issue and I am concerned that the new replacement shelters when they eventually arrive will be smaller and fewer than what we had before.. Considering the new Adamstown station which still has low passenger volumes has almost a dozen shelters installed, with the much greater numbers at Sallins we need at least the previous capacity of platform shelters restored at Sallins” explained James.. “I have raised this with Irish Rail management and I am hopeful they will now ensure these form part of the finished upgrade over the next few weeks.. Anything less than the two Dublin bound shelters that previously existed would be a step backwards”.. James also criticised the council planning process – “It’s not clear from the planning permissions that much attention was given to use and role of Shelters in the upgraded station” said James.. “The council did stipulate what colour of paint was allowed on the railings but do not appear to have mandated that at least the same level of shelter as before should be provided.. Commuting can be trying at the best of times but at 7.. 30am standing in the lashing rain with not a shelter in sight is no fun at all.. It’s a basic requirement and I hope now Irish Rail and Kildare County Council will ensure it is delivered” James concluded.. Posted in.. Clane.. ,.. Environment.. Johnstown.. Kill.. Local Focus.. Naas.. Sallins.. Transport.. |.. Leave a reply.. Lawless appointed Naas Area Rep for Fianna Fail.. June 30, 2012.. Statement.. Micheál Martin TD.. Party Leader.. 29 June 2012.. FF Appoints Local Area Representative for Naas Electoral Area – Martin.. Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has announced the appointment of James Lawless as a Local Area Representative for the Naas Electoral Area as part of the party’s ongoing renewal strategy.. Deputy Martin said: “I am delighted to announce that James Lawless will be a Local Area Representative for the party in Naas.. The Kildare North constituency is a key target area for the party and I recently announced the appointment of Áine Brady as a Local Area Representative for the Clane Electoral Area.. “I have been delighted to see the energy and commitment displayed at all levels of the party at meetings I have held in Kildare and around the country.. I am committed to ensuring that Fianna Fáil renews from the grassroots and that all levels of the party have significant input into policy development.. It is essential that Fianna Fáil continues to play a constructive and positive role in politics, bringing forward policies and solutions to the problems being faced by people in their daily lives and ensuring there is a strong team on the ground in all communities.. ”.. James Lawless lives in Sallins where he is married with a young family and is involved with several community groups.. He is a campaigner and spokesperson for the commuter group Naas and Sallins Rail Users, he is also involved with Sallins GAA and several local community organisations.. James studied Maths and Finance at Trinity College and has over a decade’s experience working in systems development.. James is now training as a Barrister at Kings Inns.. He is a member of the Fianna Fáil Ard Comhairle and was recently appointed to party’s internal Justice Policy Committee.. James Lawless said: “It is an honour to be appointed a Local Area Representative for Fianna Fáil in the Naas Electoral Area.. I see this as an important step in the party’s local and national renewal strategy.. I am looking forward to working alongside Councillor Willie Callaghan who has been elected as Mayor of Naas.. Willie is playing a crucial role in representing the community and Fianna Fáil on Naas Town Council and Kildare County Council.. “James has actively campaigned for community facilities including the successful zoning of lands back to amenity use in the last round of local area plans.. James was very involved in flood relief efforts when Sallins and surrounds  ...   political entitlement that those who ask the public trust should earn it and be clearly able to demonstrate why.. Law.. Social Economic.. Replies.. Seeing the wood for the trees.. March 8, 2012.. In fairness the media were reasonably balanced at this year s Ard Fheis, indeed the Irish Times were quite proactive and I even featured myself in their innovative video blog sequence, captured from the conference centre:.. Ard Fheis Video Blog.. However I was disappointed with later colour pieces from the same stable, where Miriam Lord put the boot in, choosing to focus on what are effectively ghosts from the past, rather than engaging with the actual live delegates, motions, workshops etc.. I penned the below letter to the Times in response to one of her pieces:.. A Chara,.. I was very pleased to be a participant in the very successful Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis last weekend.. A very constructive weekend of policy discussion, organisational reform and internal renewal including elections where I was privileged to join many other new faces on the national executive.. I noted your coverage included juxtaposition of the ‘working abroad’ expo which was held concurrently at the RDS and some snide commentary of same (Miriam Lord, March 5.. th.. ).. On that theme it should be noted that many of our delegates also visited that expo whilst at the Ard Fheis, being in a similar boat to any other expo attendees.. It should also be noted that our gathering this year included new cumainn formed from members already abroad, representatives from the exiled Diaspora, indeed some election candidates and very valued voices were amongst their number.. The vast, vast majority of the 4,000 delegates at Ard Fheis and the 40,000 Fianna Fáil members nationwide experience the difficulties of recession as starkly as anyone else.. We remain determined to find constructive solutions to these problems.. Others may differ on the political way forward.. But the Fianna Fáil party is not and never was an elite cabal but is a party of ordinary members living ordinary lives and with the same ordinary problems as everyone else.. Rather than media images obsessing on a handful of familiar faces in the crowd they should perhaps listen to the other 3,997 delegates there in attendance and actually now in the driving seat.. The get together at the weekend was in one large part about the membership taking back ownership of the party and that project is well underway.. Is mise,.. James Lawless.. As I have said so many times on this blog and elsewhere, the party is not one or two voices (or faces) but an army of members whose views should be canvassed by anyone wanting to understand the party in 2012.. Anyway we will keep moving on, and as I said in that video clip, and have often said on this blog, the members are now retaking the party and we shall certainly not be surrendering it lightly ever again.. One Member, One Vote was a fantastic result at the weekend, changing an 80 year old rule on a delegate system, and allowing every member of the party from now on have equal say.. The delegate system certainly wasn t the cause of the recent problems but its replacement is symbolic of the appetite for and capacity for change the party is showing today.. 4,000 delegates at the Ard Fheis, 1,500 members at the Leader s Dinner last October, 550K raised by ordinary members in the national draw, our new members magazine into its 3rd edition, 2nd place in Dublin West by-election months after we d been written off and now a brand new Ard Chomairle ready to take the reins on the renewal.. Change has come and will continue to come to Fianna Fáil.. Letters.. Joining the Ard Chomhairle.. Just a quick note to relay the outcome of the election.. I exceeded the quota on first preferences and was elected on the first count.. This result surpassed my expectations and I am truly grateful to all those that supported me from around the country and of course to my wonderful campaign team.. I look forward to advancing the renewal of Fianna Fáil at the top table.. 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  • Title: James Lawless - About James Lawless
    Descriptive info: James Lawless is a long serving active member of the.. Fianna Fáil party.. and will be contesting the Committee of Twenty elections at this year’s Ard-Fheis.. James has been active politically since university when he was involved in students union campaigns.. James is a former Chair of Wexford Ógra Fianna Fáil and is currently Chair of the.. Sallins Cumann.. and vice-Chair of.. Naas Comhairle Ceantair.. James served at national level before as a Leinster rep on the National Youth Committee.. In 2011 James re-established the Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh cumann at Kings Inns and is currently Chair.. In 2009 James ran for local elections to Kildare county council as a Fianna Fáil candidate despite a record low for the party, James polled credibly for a first time candidate achieving half a quota on the first count and was the last to be eliminated.. James would be economically centrist whilst being more conservative on social issues.. Public transport, area planning, political and legal reforms are policy interests allied to a strong Republican ideology.. James is a strong believer in traditional party heritage and is a local organiser of the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown (as pictured).. He was also part of the team behind the new Fianna Fáil magazine,.. CUISLE.. , launched recently.. Growing up in north Wexford, as  ...   and their dogs.. James is also a keen follower of Gaelic games and is involved locally with Sallins GAA.. Other local involvements include Sallins Community Games, Sallins Community Council, Naas Sallins Rail Users Group, Naas Toastmasters, Bodenstown Golf Club, Sallins Fianna Fáil and Sallins Pier Residents Association.. 5 thoughts on.. Orla.. on.. December 3, 2007 at 11:40 am.. said:.. the things I have learnt about you on this blog!.. Pingback:.. James Lawless - View from the Tracks » Blog Archive » More than just a number.. Paul.. January 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm.. Love the new website.. Best of luck at the Ard Fheis.. I ll hopefully be there!.. Thomas Crowley.. February 13, 2012 at 1:28 am.. Go n-eiri go geal leat as Toghachain the TWENTIES.. Ard fhear!.. Hope to see you there and will be glad to offer support.. February 13, 2012 at 1:29 am.. There is to be no lawlessness at the Ard Fheis,.. Leave a Reply.. Cancel reply.. Your email address will not be published.. Required fields are marked.. *.. Name.. Email.. Website.. Comment.. You may use these.. HTML.. tags and attributes:.. a href= title= abbr title= acronym title= b blockquote cite= cite code del datetime= em i q cite= strike strong.. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.. Notify me of new posts by email..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Contact Me
    Descriptive info: If you wish to get in touch with me, please fee free to call me on.. 086 8348869.. or alternatively you can.. email me.. directly using the form below.. You can also keep in touch with me via.. Facebook.. or.. Twitter.. (denotes required field).. Name:.. E-Mail Address:.. Subject:.. Message:..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Policy Goals
    Descriptive info: Jobs: Create jobs and support the local economy; work with local business on growth initiatives.. Infrastructure: Maintain roads and maintain water courses to avoid preventable flooding and freezing.. Facilities: Work with sports and leisure groups to ensure facilities are in place and up to standard.. Ensure essential  ...   charge or management company issues.. Revitalise Naas town centre – address parking and planning issues; enhance the streetscape; promote the town.. Work with An Garda Siochana to improve community policing throughout North Kildare.. One thought on.. James Lawless - View from the Tracks Blog Archive Sallins Manifesto..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Still no shelter in sight at Sallins and Naas train station.
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  • Title: James Lawless - Author
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  • Title: James Lawless - Clane
    Descriptive info: Category Archives:.. Updates on Killeenmór.. February 7, 2010.. I attended a meeting last Wednesday night, organised by the residents of Killeenmór to discuss the recent and recurring flooding issues.. The meeting was also attended by Cllr.. Liam Doyle, Cllr.. Brendan Weld and Michael Fitzpatrick (who had to vote in the Dáil) was ably represented by his aide Johnny Callaghan.. The map above shows some the areas affected.. The Morrell river flows under the canal and alongside the railway.. When it overflows the culverts under railway see it spill over onto nearby fields houses.. We discussed the root causes which included increased drainage demands from infrastuctural developments ranging from the M7 upgrade to the railway tracks.. Some work was done at the time of the motorway upgrade, including upgrading of bridges and some banking of ditches but a lot more is now needed.. In a sense the problem is constantly moving downstream as the issues at Johnstown are now manifesting in places like Killeenmór and the neighbouring Turnings townland.. The Painestown and Morrell rivers intersect and both join the Liffey eventually.. A comprehensive drainage landscape survey is required and I understand from Deputy Fitzpatrick s office, that this is underway involving both the Office of Public Works and Kildare County Council.. The full course of the Morrell has been walked by officials and a report should be drawn up shortly to see what s needed.. A report was  ...   possible routings for this water and some of these form a relief valve however the overspill goes across a field, through a set of culverts under the railway line and right onto this road and all its occupant houses.. I have been down at the location a few times recently when this has happened and I brought Michael Fitzpatrick TD with me on Saturday morning.. We drove around courtesy of a resident in a 4 4 as no normal car could get through the feet of water across the road.. I know Councillor Liam Doyle also visited later that day.. Anecodotal evidence suggests the situation has worsened since the motorway upgrade as surplus surface water increasingly swells the streams.. There is a small aqueduct by the 14th lock where the Morell goes under the canal and it is just downstream of this that the problem occurs.. At the aqueduct there is a sluice gate beside Kileen golf club which appears to be perennially closed.. Whilst this does not cause the problem it doesn t help matters either.. I feel a comprehensive drainage report needs to be compiled for the whole region from Ardclough down to Johnstown.. Whilst this straddles at least two electoral areas (Clane and Naas) it needs to be considered in tandem.. We have been in touch with both areas about this and I hope to arrange a meeting onsite shortly.. Will post here with updates..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Environment
    Descriptive info: Things that smell bad in the night.. May 30, 2010.. 2.. It s been a busy few weeks in the life of waste processing in the greater Naas area, and in particular on one stretch of road along Kerdiffstown and Monread, where not one but three current or proposed waste complexes have received permissions, injunctions or stays of execution over the recent while.. I summarise below the current state of play.. Bio Energy Plant.. A huge number of objections were received by Kildare county council against the proposed bio-energy complex at Monread / Kerdiffstown.. The upshot of this was that the council refused planning permission for the proposed facility.. The owner now has five weeks to appeal this decision.. Residents or interested parties can also make a submission on the appeal.. NB Whilst the proposed facility is located adjacent to the existing Kerdiffstown dump, however the proposal comes in from a separate party, an M M Coldstores company.. Existing Kerdiffstown Dump.. After almost three years of filing by the EPA the high court granted a temporary injunction against the A1 waste facility at Kerdiffstown on Friday 14th May.. This prevents A1 from lodging any further waste into this landfill.. A question then arises as to how the estimated 1.. 5 million tonnes of unprocessed waste in the landfill is to be cleaned up.. I have raised this question with the Minister and it is also being pursued by a number of parties including the EPA and the CAN (Clean Air Naas) group (www.. can.. ie).. Extension to.. Kerdiffstown Dump.. Although the existing dump has now been shut down, at least temporarily, the council simultaneously granted planning permission for the construction of a new dump on an adjoining 26 acre site across the road from the existing plant.. The council maintain that each planning proposal is dealt with on its own merits and this application satisfied the various grounds.. However this new extension has yet to receive a license from the EPA and that application process will be ongoing through the Summer.. Please see attached map for the location of the above three sites.. At any stage residents can continue to report odours to EPA on (01)268 0100 and these will all be logged and referenced in future cases and applications to extend / continue operations.. bio energy.. dump.. Funding boost for Killeenmore.. April 21, 2010.. I have spoken about Killeenmore a few times on this blog recently and how I was disappointed to see them miss out on the first round of funding announced last month for flooding relief works in the local area.. Good news this week as I have kept onto our Dáil reps and the council officials and got word through Deputy Fitzpatrick s office that Killeenmore will now be granted a flood relief allocation of 20,000 this year, with work due to start in May.. This is badly needed and we will keep a watching brief to ensure delivery.. Flood Relief Funding for Co.. Kildare.. April 1, 2010.. Funding has now been announced for flood  ...   Michael Fitzpatrick about this after the program and he raised the issue in the Oireachtas this week as follows:.. Deputy Michael Fitzpatrick: I shall be brief.. I shall mention one or two matters in relation to the flooding and move on to more recent events.. There was not that much flooding in Kildare, but nonetheless it was very severe.. Some of this was caused by the Liffey, as I mentioned earlier, and the way in which it is managed.. We need to examine carefully how the Liffey is managed, because while it is flooding in Clane, it then starts to move down to the Strawberry Beds in Dublin, so there is a whole ripple effect.. Perhaps I can ask Mr.. Dowling about the Waterways in Sallins.. It was flooded very badly, mainly because of blocked drains and outlets.. It would not have been flooded at all if proper maintenance had been done before the event.. In a recent television comment, the Minister made reference to the Waterways and said the name indicated the development had been built on a flood plain.. I have known this area for many years and it was not built on a flood plain, but rather on what was formerly a pitch and putt course, in a strategic location close to the railway station.. It got its name from the Grand Canal which runs through the village and the promotional literature when the development was being sold highlighted the canal as a very special amenity, which it is.. Comments such as that are very severe on the people now living in those houses, if they want to sell a house in the Waterways since the Minister has indicated it was built on a flood plain.. The position needs to be clarified in the public arena about this particular estate.. I appeal to the officials and indeed, the Minister, to clearly state that this enormous estate which contains all the infrastructure needed for a proper development, is not built on a flood plain.. Deputy Michael Fitzpatrick: I have one more question for Mr.. Dowling, whose answer he may communicate to the committee later.. I made a comment earlier about waterways in Sallins.. A statement was made by the Minister on television which has the potential to devalue properties in the area substantially and many people are under stress due to this.. Most of them are in negative equity at the moment and if his comments stood up, it would be serious for them.. Chairman: I will assist the Deputy.. He has raised the matter and the committee will write to the Minister in this regard.. We will try to obtain a transcript of the Minister’s comments.. I saw the broadcast myself and I remember a certain phrase he used about the name of the estate, but I did not think of the consequences for the estate.. We will obtain a transcript and ask the Minister to clarify his comments.. We will write to the Minister rather than ask Mr.. Dowling.. The full transcript can be seen.. here..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Johnstown
    Descriptive info: Fine Gael and Labour Cllrs have noone left to blame.. September 6, 2011.. Chairperson of Sallins Fianna Fáil, James Lawless has called for urgent action on roads at various locations across Kildare and says that the Fine Gael / Labour ruling bloc can no longer shift the blame onto national government or claim they have no control over spending.. “For years Fine Gael and Labour have it both ways by controlling the council yet playing the blame game that Fianna Fáil were in power and that they had no control.. But that ignores the reality that Fianna Fáil have not held a majority on Kildare county council for over twenty years.. And now that Fine Gael and Labour Ministers are undeniably holding the purse strings at both national and local level they can not hide behind the excuse of being powerless any longer” said James.. “What’s more even as recently as last January 2011, when Fianna Fáil were in power nationally, one of the last acts of the outgoing Fianna Fáil Minister Pat Carey was.. to allocate a funding of 900 Million.. from the Department of Transport to be allocated for regional road works by local authorities.. This money was made available and ring fenced even in a time of scarcity and that money should now be put to use by the Kildare County Council on the many urgent projects long outstanding throughout the constituency.. ” James explained.. “So the blanket response of no money is not accurate on a number of levels.. In the current council.. budget.. an allocation of 25 million is contained for road and transportation improvements.. Resource are scarce but there is funding available and these scarce resources need to be prioritised to those urgent projects most in need”.. “A critical example close to home is the Osberstown junction on the Sallins – Naas road.. This junction sees huge volume of traffic traverse the main thoroughfare whilst traffic from the neighbouring estates and side-road struggle continuously to find a break in fast moving traffic.. Traffic from Caragh also uses this junction and the volumes of throughput have only multiplied in recent years.. Yet despite being an accident waiting to happen we have yet to see any action at this junction barring the farcical situation where traffic lights were erected and then taken down again almost as quickly, all in the space of a crazy three weeks at the midpoint in the crisis” according to James.. “Scarce resources need to be targeted to those areas most in need and this junction is surely one of them” James continued.. “The excuse of no funds is a blanket one that is not entirely accurate and the council needs to prioritise this and many other outstanding works for the welfare and safety of people at all these locations“ concluded James.. Roads.. Bio Energy ; Once bitten, twice  ...   relief as the stench really extended to pollute the atmosphere for miles around.. Just this week a high court injunction forced the place into some kind of compliance and the end may be in sight.. there.. This hangover bodes poorly for another waste disposal facility in the same vicinity.. A new applicant, M M Coldstores, have applied for planning at a nearby site.. Their proposal is for a bio-energy plant as mentioned above and the facility would create 50 new jobs once opened.. The applicants also claim the facility would consume waste from the surrounding area and return energy to the same locations.. Considering we currently purchase energy on the international markets I would be very interested in the technicalities of keeping it local if it could be achieved.. (Am a little sceptical until I hear them unfortunately.. ).. There has been widespread alarm about the proposed facility, a central concern being that it may process thousands of tons of animal carcasses.. I gather this is not planned by the operators although the sought permission would enable it were it to be granted.. This in itself not necessarily a bad concept, unpleasant as the idea is, the output of killing floors must go somewhere and at least in the best Catholic tradition from ashes to ashes, from dust to dust a natural circle converting the waste matter back to energy for the living.. Esoterics aside I do not believe this will happen at this site in any event, even if the plant does go ahead.. On a very practical level I would have concerns re the proposals on the following grounds:.. Traffic volumes in Sallins and Monread are already very high and would struggle to absorb more HGVs.. The EPA has not inspired confidence in its dealings with the other Kerdiffstown facility; if these are the regulators then I am afraid in recent times the law has been shown to be an ass.. Proximity to residential areas is very acute.. An even slightly more removed site would be preferable.. There are also many technical arguments on the nature of the scientific processes used although these as always are open to expert debate.. I think the more local practical problems are enough of a challenge at this point.. I have seen some good letters of objection doing the rounds and I include one.. UPDATE: I learned overnight that the site location is currently zoned Agricultural.. In planning terms, this means that a change of use proposal would have to go before the council to allow this be zoned Industrial.. This would require a majority of Councillors voting to override the existing planning status in what is called a material contravention.. I cannot really see this happening on something as contentious as this and therefore I would be very surprised at this point were this facility to go ahead..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Kill
    Descriptive info: Access all areas.. December 17, 2009.. Great night had last night at our Waterways benefit night fundraiser, in Boss Byrnes lounge.. I was on quizmaster duty and we had a full house, over 25 tables entered and some great prizes, thanks to all our sponsors and supporters.. We even had music at the interval, from Sallins latest trad sensations, Sult Na Sollain.. View.. Shortcut to Motorway.. in a larger map.. On related note, the  ...   know it is causing some inconvenience to the residents along that road, which unfortunately will be the case until is is sorted permanently, however for the casual commuter, there are other options to get out onto the motoray.. I have documented one of these above, an alternate route for Sallins motorists, in particular, to get out onto the N7 without needing to go anywhere near Naas or the Monread road etc.. Just follow directions above..

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  • Title: James Lawless - Local Focus
    Descriptive info: Accessibility at last for Sallins station.. November 18, 2011.. Good news at last for disability access at Sallins train station as accessibility works have finally started this week.. The works have been sought for some considerable time, practically since the station re-opened a decade or so ago and whilst newer stations such as Adamstown got accessibility access from the off, we had to wait for the upgrade works to commence and there were a number of false dawns along the way.. Still better late than never and it’s great to now see the construction phase begin, the machinery is finally on site and the project is commencing.. The accessibility access issue has been the most pressing item in terms of station works for some time.. It will be a huge relief primarily for disabled passengers of course and am sure it will also be welcomed by anyone who has ever had to push a buggy or cart a load of shopping over the existing stairway.. The works will not put in an elevator as I understand it but rather a set of footbridges and ramps.. This is probably not ideal as an elevator would be more convenient but this seems to be the model Irish Rail are going with now as it is lower mainteance and less vandalism prone given lesser complexity and fewer moving parts.. I do think longer term the station has a lot of development potential – there are a fine set of buildings there and there is a lot more that could be done in terms of facilities including an enhanced ticket office, waiting area and  ...   traffic.. On the flip side I do welcome the recent road surfacing just gone in at the road from the junction mouth up over the old railway bridge and down the far side to the creche and almost to the canal bridge.. I successfully lobbied to get the pavement extended along same stretch of road almost two years ago.. The traffic volumes are only growing however and it is hard to see any start being made on the bypass in the current climate and conditions.. Regardless of longer term plans however, there is still every argument for proceeding immediately with works at the Obserstown junction anyway.. My own view is that a roundabout may be the most appropriate fit, given the many traffic lights already lining the main flow through Sallins and a roundabout would both slow approaching traffic as well as provide a right of way for road users to exit the junction from the Osberstown direction.. The council keep saying they ve no money but in reality they ve €25 Million in a fund for road and transportation safety works for the current year, allocated from the Kildare County Council budget.. As well as the fund at local level, one of the last actions of Minister Pat Carey before leaving office in February was to create and ringfence a fund of several hundred million euro for regional and local road upgrades around the country.. So there is money there, it s just a matter of the right projects being prioritised.. I will keep on this one and I would welcome any feedback / views also.. mothergooseclub.. com/uploads/image/183-large.. jpg..

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