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Investigation Into Kildare Town Burglary Underway

2014-04-20 16:20:50

An investigation is underway into a burglary in Kildare town yesterday afternoon.

A house in Crossmorris was broken into between 2 and 3pm.

A neighbour heard the house alarm, and discovered that the home had been broken into.

Some property - motor equipment - was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardaí in Kildare town on 045-527730.

Further Info On Newbridge Development Supplied

2014-04-20 15:18:53

More detailed information has been supplied on plans for a housing development in Newbridge

PME Donnelly Ltd. wants to erect 20 new homes at Grotonstown Grange on the Green Road, in place of 13 units on the same site, permission for which was previously granted and extended.

Kildare planners asked for additional information in order to enable them to make a decision.

That has been supplied.

Suitable Land For Housing Projects Listed

2014-04-20 14:57:27

A list of lands suitable for housing projects in 5 areas is being compiled.

Kildare County Council is drafting the document in relation to Kildare, Rathangan, Suncroft, Newbridge and Monasterevin.

Newbridge Residents Warned Of Distraction Thefts

2014-04-20 14:10:10

Gardaí are warning residents of Newbridge to be vigilant after reports of distraction thefts.

Yesterday at 1pm, a householder in Ros Connell opened the door to a man claiming an inspector from a water company.

He gained entry to the house, and while the owner was distracted, stole money from her purse.

The man is described as approximately 40 years of age, of average build, with short black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and dark jeans.

Gardaí say there have been a number of similar incidents locally. They are advising residents to ask these callers for ID before allowing them into the house, and to call the gardaí on 045-440180 if they encounter any such callers without ID.

Born Na Mona Issues Bog Fires Warning

2014-04-20 13:57:02

Newbridge headquartered Bord na Mona is issuing a warning about the dangers of bog fires this weekend.

Many of its office based staff are patrolling the edges of bog and peatlands this weekend, in an effort to prevent the spread of any fire that may start.

Recent dry weather means that bog and peatland are vulnerable to fire.

Burning of vegetation is prohibited between 15th April and the 31st of August.

Update On Primary Care Centre Sought

2014-04-20 13:56:20

Up-dates are being sought on plans to deliver a primary care centre to Leixlip.

The plan, which involves many of the town's GPs, was flagged last year.

The facility is likely to be built on the old ESB site in the town centre, however, planning permission is yet to be sought for the scheme.

Before the Celbridge Area Committee, Fine Gael Cllr. Theresa Byrne wants to know what stage the project has reached.

Investigation Underway Into Spate Of Burglaries

2014-04-20 13:49:31

Gardaí in Newbridge are investigating a spate of burglaries in the town in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Cash was stolen from a car in Allenview Heights just after midnight.

Around the same time, in Seven Springs there was an attempted car break-in. Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry

Later at 4am, there was a burglary at a home in Kilbelin Abbey. The owner awoke to discover his car being stolen from the drive way.

A laptop, TV and cash was also stolen in the course of the break in.

The car, a grey Peugeot, was discovered in Newbridge later that day.

Also around 4am, there was an attempted break-in at a house in Belmont Green.

The house alarm was activated, which deterred the theives.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardai in Newbridge on 045-440180.

Flooding Remains A Problem

2014-04-20 12:33:27

Flooding remains a problem in parts of South Kildare.

Fianna Fáil Cllr, Markin Miley wants an up-date on progress on dealing with flooding at Ballyburn.

He also wants to know what action is being taken to deal with what seems to be a large volume of unauthorised development in the area.

Possibility Of Further Social Housing For Athy Raised

2014-04-20 12:32:25

Questions are being asked about the possibility of delivering more social housing to Athy.

Labour Cllr. Mark Wall, before the Athy Area Committee, is asking Kildare County Council whether it has lands suitable for the development of houses for those on the waiting list.

The delivery of those homes, however, is dependent upon Government funding.

There are, at present, around 5,000 people on the housing waiting list in the county.

1,600 Hundred Drivers Breathalysed So Far

2014-04-20 12:31:40

Gardaí say they've breathalysed over 16-hundred drivers over the long weekend so far.

It's part of Operation Surround - targeting drink-driving during the Bank Holiday.

Kildare Gardai are expected to apprehend scores of people on suspicion of drink driving this weekend.

They've mounted check-points all over the county, focusing on drink and drug driving, speed, seat-belt wearing and mobile phone use, among other offences.

Kildare's Road Safety Officer, Declan Keogh, motorists must ensure they are completely sober when they get behind the wheel.

Easter Parade Takes Place In Naas

2014-04-20 11:19:15

Naas Easter Parade takes place later today.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are expected to line the steets of the town for the event, which begins on the Blessington Road at 3pm

4 Marching Bands, vintage cars, steam engines, community groups and sport groups are taking part.

The review stand will be at the Court House Hotel, with a prize giving ceremony after the parade in the Osprey Hotel.

Organiser, Willie Callaghan, says a wide variety of organisations are taking part this year.

Bishop Asks People To Support Others At Easter
2014-04-20 10:35:46

The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin is asking people to be aware of the crosses others bear in life.

The sentiment is contained in Bishop Denis Nulty's Easter Message.

Bishop Nulty says people from all walks of life have hardships to bear

Oxegen Festival Won't Go Ahead This Year

2014-04-20 10:33:30

It's been confirmed that Oxegen music festival won't go ahead this year.

Organisers MCD say it's due to a lack of suitable headline acts - and financial demands from local agencies.

The future of the festival - usually held at Punchestown Racecourse - is now uncertain - MCD says "it's no longer viable to stage Oxegen in its current form".

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