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Taxi Drivers Propose 15% Fare Increase.

2014-11-28 15:33:39

Taxi drivers are proposing a 15% fare increase.

It is as, according to the National Private Hire and Taxi Association, fare structures suggested by the NTA would leave drivers out of pocket.

The National Transport Authority is proposing a 4% rise, with the abolition of the start and end tarriffs.

The NPHTA says this new fare means a driver will lose €16 on an airport run from Newbridge.

Association spokesperson,  Jim Waldron, acknowledges the increase will not go down well with customers

Safe Stolen During Sallins Burglary.
2014-11-28 15:31:01
A safe containing jewellery and personal documents has been stolen from a house in Sallins.

The burglary happened at the home on St Brigid's Terrace between 8pm and 9.30pm last night.

Thieves ripped the alarm console from the wall, and place it in a sink of water, and removed the safe through an up-stairs window.

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

4 Men Sought After Swordlestown Burglary
2014-11-28 15:30:33
Gardai are asking witnesses to a burglary in Swordlestown in Naas last night to come forward

Between 8.50pm and 9pm last night, the front electric gates of a home were forced, front door kicked in, house ransacked an internal doors were damaged.

CCTV captured images of four men on the premises, whom Gardai describe as being "well concealed".

They may have fled the scene in a silver Seat Leon with alloy wheels.

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

Gardai Issue Warning To Kildare Motorists
2014-11-28 15:29:45
Drivers are being warned not to leave their cars to get fuel in the event they run out on motorways.

It following an incident last night in which the centre console an tthe ECU, the vehicle's "brains" were taken.

They are valued at between €1,000 and €1,500.

A man ran out of fuel on the N7 at Kill at 11pm last night, and walked to a nearby petrol station.

He returned to find the theft 20 minutes later.

The car is a grey Renault estate, Grey Renault estate 06 D 84990.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Naas on 045-884-300
Cllr. Calls For New Liffey Bridge In Caragh.
2014-11-28 15:28:42
There are calls for the replacement of the Liffey Bridge in Caragh.

It is the oldest and narrowest bridge over the River Liffey.

Fine Gael Naas District Cllr., Fintan Brett, says the bridge is too narrow to cope with the size of many of the vehicles using it, daily.
Appeal For Witnesses To Sallins Robbery Underway
2014-11-28 15:28:10
Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in Sallins yesterday evening is being asked to make contact the Gardai.

A man held up Sunny Launderette on Chapel Lane with a steel bar.

It happened between  5.30pm and 5.35pm yesterday evening.

He threatened the employee, and ordered her to put the contents of the til in to a blue plastic bag.

He made off with a small sum of money.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Naas on 045-884-300
Inquiry In To Burglary At Naas Business Premises Continues

2014-11-28 15:27:37

An inquiry is underway in to a burglary on a business premises in Naas.

Gardai on patrol noticed an alarm activation at the building on Poplar Square at 4.45am on Wednesday morning.

The back door to the office had been smashed.

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

Kildare 2nd Level Schools To Shut On Tuesday.
2014-11-28 15:27:04
Kildare's 37 secondary schools seem poised to close on Tuesday as the stalemate between teachers unions and the Education Minister on Junior Cert reform deepens

Jan O'Sullivan says there needs to be some movement by teachers, because she's already moved from 100 percent assessment in schools to 40 percent.

TUI President Gerry Quinn is hopeful further action can be averted:
14 On Trolleys At Naas General.

2014-11-28 13:22:47

There are 14 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept.

That's down from 15, yesterday.

Nationwide, there are 335  people on trolleys at the country's other main hospitals.

Cllr. Calls For Expansion Of Kildare Dog Pound.

2014-11-28 12:39:04

There's only enough space for 24 dogs at any one time in Kildare's only dog pound.

The pound, in Portersize in Ballitore, has just 12 double kennels, and can only hold animals for a specific time before they must be re-homed or euthanised.

There are now calls for the expansion of the facility to cater to 40 dogs at any one time.

Fine Gael Naas District Cllr., Fintan Brett, says providing more kennels wouldn't be "a big cost"

New Research: Many Irish Catholic Priests Are Sexually Active.

2014-11-28 12:21:39

New research by a Maynooth University lecturer into the sexual lives of Irish Catholic priests shows many are sexually active or have been in the past, and that there is a gay scene within the church.

'Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity' publishes new analysis of priests' views from a series of interviews conducted by Dr John Weafer, a former seminarian who is now married with children.

The book also reveals that the bishops are often aware of the situation.

Author Dr John Weafer, who lives in North Kildare,  says one priest he spoke to told about his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality:

"One priest was going through ti in a personal ordeal - who basically was trying to come to terms with his priesthood and with being gay" he said.

"He spoke about the difficulties and how eventually he went out to look for other gay people - not necessarily priests - and in one situation he went into a bar in a part of Ireland and he saw other priests that were also in the bar".

"So he was surprised (and) a little bit shocked himself" he added.

TUI "Confident" Further Strike Action Can Be Avoided.

2014-11-28 11:55:22

The head of the TUI says "he's confident" that further strike action can be avoided at the country's secondary schools.

Action is to take place at Kildare's 37 secondary schools on Tuesday

Talks between the unions and the Education Minister broke down last week over the self-assessment of exams under the planned reforms to the Junior Cert.

TUI President Gerry Quinn says his members have a number of other issues with the changes.

But he says he believes they won't lead to more strikes down the line.

Glanbia, Ballitore, Permission Referred To ABP
2014-11-28 10:21:10
Permission granted to Glanbia for up-grade works to its Ballitore plant has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

Kildare County Council last week approved the proposal, which include a carton breaker extension, construction of an office block and other works.

The scheme has been referred to the national planning authority by a third party.
Kildare Research: Drugs A Factor In 10% Of Collisions.

2014-11-28 10:19:00

Research carried out in Kildare has show that drug use is a factor in 10% of fatal road collisions.

The study, conducted by the Kildare Coronor's Office, spanned a 10 year period.

New American-style roadside co-ordination tests for those suspected of driving under the influence are now in force

Motorists suspected of taking drugs before getting behind the wheel can be asked to take a 5-step test - which tests drivers' balance, co-ordination and focus.

Blood tests for drivers who have been injured in crashes are also coming on stream.

ABP Up-Holds Permission For 1,200 Space Temp. Car Park.
2014-11-28 10:16:25
A temporary car park to be used by staff involved in the $5 billion up-grade of Intel's Leixlip plant can be constructed.

Kildare County Council granted permission in May for a 1,200 space car park at Boycetown, for a period of four years.

It also includes three bus set down areas, a security hut and a new access point adjoining the R148 roundabout.

That was appealed to An Bord Pleanal on behalf of the Kilcock and Districts Community Council.

ABP has up-held the permission, but has attached 14 conditions.
Curragh Tenders 55M Re-Development Project Services
2014-11-28 10:09:51
The Curragh Racecourse is moving ahead with plans for its €55 million re-development.

It has tendered the provision of a framework agreement for planning consultancy services for the project.

Curragh management has already conducted adesign competition for the project and is in the process, independent of this tender, of appointing a lead architect for the implementation of the winning masterplan design.
Teachers At Kildare's 37 Seconday Schools To Strike

2014-11-28 10:07:31

Strike action is to go ahead at all of Kildare's 37 secondary schools on Tuesday.

It follows the breakdown in talks between Minister Jan O'Sullivan and the unions over teachers marking their own students' exams.

Earlier the President of the Teacher's Union of Ireland Gerry Quinn said they will continue to oppose the move.

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan says she's already backed down and can't go any further:

Permission For Supermarket Refused

2014-11-28 07:58:34

An Bord Pleanala has refused permission on appeal for a Lidl store in Kildare Town.

Kildare County Council granted permission for the project in mid-June.

It relates to part of the former site of the Presentation Secondary School on Dublin Street, on which Lidl wanted to build a shop with a total footprint of 1,920 square metres.

Tesco Ireland appealed the permission to the national planning authority.

ABP has now refused Lidl leave to proceed, citing, among other factors, the planning history of the site and the nature the proposed retail development.

Section Of M9 Closes This Evening

2014-11-28 07:57:41

A section of the M9 closes this evening.

The motorway closes, north and southbound between the Athy and Kilcullen exits at 7pm this evening.

It is  to facilitate the installation of bridge beams for a new structure across the carriageway.

The road will re-open at 6am on Sunday morning.

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