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Michael Kitt Announces Retirement From Politics.

Michael Kitt , brother of former Kildare North TD and Minister of State Aine Brady, has announced he's to retire from politics.

The Galway TD says he will not seek re-election when the general election takes place.

First elected to the Dáil in 1975 - he has contested a by-election and eleven general elections throughout his career.

Mr Kitt has served as Minister of State in three Departments and is now the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.

 

Kildare Man In Vienna Sets Up Initiative To Help Thousands Of Refugees.

A Kildare man is rallying to the aid of of thousands of refugees in Austria.

David O'Connor, who has lived in Vienna for four years, is the owner of O'Connor Old Oak Pub.

He has, this week, set up the ‘Expat and Austrian aid for Refugees’ initiative.

The Irish independent reports that the group is gathering food, toiletries and other goods for the thousands of people now kept in the Traiskirchen refugee camp some 40 kilometres outside Vienna.

 

Trócaire Calls For Recall Of Dáil To Establish Irish Response To Refugee Crisis.

Maynooth headquartered charity, Trócaire, is urging the recall of the Dáil to establish an "immediate and effective" Irish  response to the refugee crisis.

In the past year, 3,573 people have died attempting to reach Italy, Greece and Spain by sea, an average of ten people a day.

Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said:

"A week has passed and there is still no concrete commitment from some EU members including Ireland to respond to the refugee crisis in a way that reflects its scale and severity.

McVerry Slams Standard Of Some Emergency Hostels.

Some of the hostel provision being offered to homeless people is so bad that they're better off sleeping rough.

That's according to campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry, whose trust operates Newbridge's homeless shelter.

He says that some of the emergency hostels elsewhere in Ireland are a disgrace and are intimidating places.

Speaking at the RENUA Ireland think in he said that people in recovery from drug addiction were being placed in rooms with active drug users.

Fr McVerry said that in many cases homeless people are better off sleeping rough.

 

INMO Holding Meetings At St. Raphael's, Celbridge, Tomorrow.

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to dold meetings at St. Raphael's Center in Celbridge tomorrow.

It is to " to agree a collective response to grave concerns they have in relation to governance, staffing levels and adequate training for support staff to ensure the safety of residents with intellectual disability in St Raphael’s."

The meeting begins at 1pm

Minister: Govt. Has Not Done Enough To Help Refugees.

A Minister of State admits the Government has not done enough the help the refugees fleeing to Europe.

Ireland has committed to taking in over 1,100 people, 520 of whom will be  temporarily accommodated in groups of around 70 people, at the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin, between now and the end of 2016.

Minister Aodhan O'Riordain says its important countries including the UK and Denmark also do more.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is discussing the migrants crisis with the French President, Francois Hollande today.

Maynooth U. President Welcomes Reform Of CAO System.

The President of Maynooth University says he’s confident that changes to the points system will encourage more students to take higher level papers.

From 2017, the CAO points system will have eight grades each for higher and ordinary level, compared to the current 14.

The latest batch of 5th years will also be the first to get points for marks above 30 percent at higher level, soon to be a H7 grade.

Prof. Philip Nolan says that will take the risk out of sitting a higher level paper

 

OPW: No Comment On Use For Ex-Employment Exchange In Newbridge.

The Office of Public Works says it is "not currently is a position to confirm which State agency will occupy"
the former Employment Exchange Office in Newbridge.

Some residents had expressed the hope that the premises, in Market Square, would be turned over to community use.

The OPW, in a statement to in a statement to Kildare/Newbridge Cllr., Willie Crowley, has confirmed it "being retained for future State use"

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