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Urgent need for a new Secondary School in Kildare South

Urgent need for a new Secondary School in Kildare South

The shortage of secondary school places in Kildare South has been an ongoing issue for a number of years. While short-term solutions can be found for Sept 2021 by increasing capacity in nearby secondary schools, the only definitive solution is to build a new secondary school for the Curragh/Newbridge/Kildare area as ...

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Portarlington Regeneration Strategy

Portarlington Regeneration Strategy

A major priority for me over the next four years is the redevelopment of both the Curragh Camp and Portarlington. Both towns need new secondary schools and numerous derelict buildings to be refurbished. Accordingly, please see the below flyer from Downey Planning Consultants requesting submissions on the future ...

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Pfizer Development Plans in Newbridge

Pfizer Development Plans in Newbridge

Pfizer has announced approximately €300 million capital investment in its Irish operations which will support the further development of existing manufacturing sites, including their site in Newbridge, which is great news for the town. The investment will provide additional manufacturing and laboratory capacity ...

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The Hive – Kildare Youth Hub

The Hive – Kildare Youth Hub

Youth mental health is such an important issue throughout these difficult times. The Hive in Kildare Town provide support for young people and their doors are still open, particularly for individual support work. They are working hard to provide positive alternatives and support for young people in the coming ...

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Laois Gift Card

Laois Gift Card

Laois Chamber is launching the Laois Gift Card in collaboration with the Laois Local Enterprise Office and Laois Tourism. This is a prepaid Me 2 You Gift Card that can be spent in over 100 businesses in Laois including hairdressers, jewellers, hotels and restaurants both in-store and online. For details on ...

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Public Meeting: Urban Regeneration of Portarlington Town

Public Meeting: Urban Regeneration of Portarlington Town

The Portarlington Business Association will hold a Public Meeting (Webinar) on Tuesday, 20 October, at 7pm on Urban Regeneration of Portarlington Town. The meeting will be addressed by Simon Wall, Architect with Mayo County Council, who was deeply involved with the transformation of Westport from a coastal town ...

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NDFA Devolved School Building Programme

NDFA Devolved School Building Programme

I am delighted to receive confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that St. Marks Special School (Newbridge), Patrician Post Primary School (Newbridge) and Cross & Passion (Kilcullen) are included on the NDFA Devolved School Building Programme. The programme, entitled the Devolved Schools ...

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St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin

St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin

Congratulations to the principal, staff and students of St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin on the news that construction of the new school build will commence soon. This is great news for the whole school community. Looking forward to similar good news for Colaiste Isogáin in Portarlington and the Curragh ...

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Portarlington Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations

Portarlington Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations

Another productive meeting in Portarlington tonight with the Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations in the town. The meeting was led by Mark Prendergast (Prendergast Leadership) who gave a great insight into how to maximise achievement within our community groups and organisations. It was great to get together ...

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Funding for Social Housing

Funding for Social Housing

I very much welcome new State supports for the refurbishment of unoccupied social houses. This would be an ideal opportunity to bring run down unoccupied Department of Defence housing in the Curragh Camp back on stream for service personnel and their families. Funding Allocations - Kildare County Council ...

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Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted in Kildare with Immediate Effect

Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted in Kildare with Immediate Effect

I welcome the great news that the restrictions in Kildare are being lifted with immediate effect. The people and businesses in Kildare deserve huge credit and recognition for no doubt, saving many lives. A lot of unpaid volunteers gave their time to work tirelessly in the testing hub in Newbridge and Punchestown, ...

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Supporting Kildare – Education and Tourism & Hospitality Sector

Supporting Kildare – Education and Tourism & Hospitality Sector

This week I attended a conference call with Tourism Minister Catherine Martin, Into Kildare and other local TDs and Senators, to discuss a specific financial support package to help the Tourism and Hospitality sector in Kildare during this difficult time for many businesses following the recent extension of Covid-19 ...