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"Substantial" Amount Of Jewellery Stolen In Naas Raid.

2014-10-20 15:41:48

Gardai in Naas are hunting four men suspected of involvement in the theft of a "substantial" amount of jewellery.

The gang, wearing gloves and balaclavas, gained entry to Statham's Jewellers through the wall of an adjoining premises, between 4.15am and 5am this morning

Gardai in Naas say the number of items taken is still being catalogued, but the amount is significant.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Gardai at Naas on 045-884-300

Calls In Kildare For Changes To Housing Association Board Memberships.
2014-10-20 15:32:13
There are demands in Kildare for an end to the practice of including elected representatives on the boards of  voluntary housing associations.

These housing organisations exist all over Ireland, and have provided thousands of homes to those on the housing waiting list.

Local authorities around Ireland ended the involvement of all councillors  in the allocation of council houses around a decade ago.

However, it is frequently the case that elected representatives sit on the boards of housing associations.

Kildare/Newbridge Sinn Fein Cllr., Mark Lynch, says that should stop
Inquiry Launched In To Naas Theft From Car.

2014-10-20 16:50:11

Gardai in Naas are investigating a theft from a car.

It happed at the Naas RFC grounds yesterday afternoon, between 1.30pm and 2pm.

Thieves smashed the rear passenger window, and stole a wallet, which had been stowed in the glove compartment.

10M In Funding Announced For Maynooth University

2014-10-20 15:30:59

Research funding of between €8 million and €10 million has been announced for Maynooth University.

Much of the investment will be spent in the areas of Mathematics, Communications and Computation, in the recently expanded Maynooth University Hamilton Institute

The funding , over a six year period,  is part of the overall research announcement of €155 million from the Department of Jobs  coupled with €90 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners.  

Vice-President for Research at Maynooth University, Professor Bernard Mahon says “We are delighted that the unique expertise at Maynooth University is so central to this national programme,” Prof. Mahon said. ”The investment here will focus on some key projects. For example, we will be working with leading telecoms companies to solve problems in wireless communication and network congestion.  Other teams will work with major multinational companies in Ireland to design the software and business models needed to run future smarter cities.”

45% Rise In Residential Project Commencements In Kildare.
2014-10-20 15:24:25
The number of residenital construction projects on which work has begun in Co. Kildare is higher than the national average

The latest National Housing Construction Index show project commencements in Kildare are up +45%, as against 40%, countrywide.

The index, compiled and issued by Link2Plans , also shows that in the first 8 months of the year, there's been a 15% increase in the number of new planning applications in Kildare.
Taking-In-Charge Protocol Ready Before Christmas
2014-10-20 15:23:51
A protocol clearing the way for the taking in charges of scores of Kildare housing estates should be ready before Christmas.

Irish Water now own all water and sewerage infrastructure in Kildare.

Since January 1st, this has prevented Kildare County Council from taking over the maintenance of estates, as water infrastructure is a key part of the taking-in-charge process.

Kildare/Newbridge Fine Gael Cllr., Fiona McLoughlin Healy attended a meeting last week, and directly questioned the head of Irish Water, John Tierney, on the matter.

He told her the protocol would be ready before Christmas.
Irish Graduates More Likely To Get Jobs Than Counterparts Elsewhere.
2014-10-20 15:22:00
Those attending Irish universities are more likely to get jobs on graduation that those attending colleges in "many other countries"

That's according to a report co-authored by Sallins resident, Prof. Brian Lucey of Trinity College Dublin .

The return for every  €1 invested Irish third level instituions is just under €4.

It shows that gross income of all 21 institutions included in the study was €2.6 billion in 2010-11 and generated gross output nationally of €10.5 billion.

Prof. Lucey says graduates of Irish universities perfom well in the jobs market
13 On Trolleys At Naas General.

2014-10-20 15:21:30

There are 13 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept. today

There is a slight rise from 12 on Thursday.

Nationwide, there are 258 people on trolleys at the country's other main hospitals

Kildare House Prices 58K Above Nat. Average.
2014-10-20 15:19:22
Three bed semis in Kildare are going for €58,000 more than the national average.

That's according to a study by the Real Estate Alliance.

It shows the average price of this kind of home, nationally, is €179, 981.

In Kildare, it is €238,750, an increase of 19.80% in the 12 months to September.

Demand for homes is greatest in Naas and Newbridge, where REA reports supply shortages.

Demand also remains strong in Maynooth and Celbridge.
2 Awards For Kildare Road Safety Officer

2014-10-20 11:54:02

Kildare's Road Safety Officer has been named Outright Winner 2014' in the Public Sectors 'Excellence in Business' awards.

Declan Keogh has also been presented with a road safety accolade.

This is Mr. Keogh's second time to win the Excellence in Business award for Kildare County Counicl, and his third national award for road safety.

Man Accused Of Stabbing During Alleged Carjacking Applies For Bail
2014-10-20 11:50:16
A man accused of stabbing a taxi driver during an alleged carjacking in Dublin is applying for bail in the High Court.

Mark Lavelle from Swinford, Co. Mayo was arrested after Gardai spotted a taxi being driven dangerously through Maynooth, Co. Kildare,  almost a month ago.
Lucey Wonders "If Irish Water Are Up To The Task".

2014-10-20 11:34:41

A Kildare based financial expert says he "has to wonder if Irish Water are up to the task of running...vital national infrastructure".

Sallins resident, Prof. Brian Lucey, is one of thousands of householders yet to receive their information pack from Irish Water.

His neighbours got the booklet during the summer, and he has been pursing Irish Water to obtain the pack since then, to no avail.

Prof. Lucey says he is concerned at Irish Water's ability to manage its workload, given that it hasn't been able to organise the sending of its own booklet to him

Kildare Man Includes On Laureate List

2014-10-20 11:14:03

The Arts Council has published the full list of nominees for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, and it includes Castledermot man, John MacKenna

34 Irish writers have made the list from over 100 nominations from libraries, book clubs, arts organisations and book shops.

The first Laureate for Irish Fiction will be announced in January.

The full list is below:

KCC Voting On 4.5M Overdraft Today

2014-10-20 09:45:14

A Kildare County Council overdraft of €4.5 million is likely to be approved later today.

It is described as a "continued" over-draft for the year to end December 31st, 2015.

The issue will come before KCC's October meeting this afternoon.

Recovery Underway In Kildare Residential Construction
2014-10-20 09:44:22
The latest National Housing Construction Index is indicating a recovery in residential construction in Co.Kildare

The report has been compiled and issued by Link2Plans .

It shows that the number of project commencements and planning applications in the county both increasing in the first eight months of 2014.

When compared to the same period in 2013, project commencements in Kildare are up +45%, while the number of new planning applications are up +15%.
Public Meeting On Water Charges In Athgarvan Tonight
2014-10-20 09:43:42
A public meeting on water charges is taking place in Athgarvan tonight.

It is being organised by the Kildare branch of the Scrap the Water Charges Campaign.

It is taking place in the Athgarvan Inn, beginning at 7pm.
Roadworks Begin In Kilmeague Today
2014-10-20 09:42:55
In Kfm traffic and travel news.

Road works are due to being in Kilmeague today.

In order to facilitate these works, the R415 road will be closed, during daytime hours, between Kilmeague Village and the Traveller’s Rest Pub from Monday to Friday, inclusive.

A detour will be in place via Robertstown/Lowtown.

This work is weather dependant
KCC To Issue Report On Controversial Electricity Generation Methods
2014-10-20 09:40:10
Kildare County Council's Chief Executive is to issue a report on submissions made on plans to vary the county development plan as it pertains to pylons later today.

Councillors called for a change in the CDP earlier this year, on foot of proposals by EigGrid to erect 700 45 metre tall pylons carrying power lines linking Dunstown in Kilcullen with Cork.

KCC launched a public consultation on the proposed amendment, to which over 4,000 people made submission.

It is widely speculated that CEO, Peter Carey, will recommend no change to the county development plan.
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