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42,241 Kildare People To Receive Social Welfare Christmas Bonus This Week.

The social welfare Christmas bonuses are being paid this week.

Around 42,241 Kildare people will benefit from the payment, which is 75% of their standard payment.

Those in Kildare to get the bonus include 14,111 pensioners, 9,043 on Jobseekers, 3,870 people on disability allowance and 2,220 people in receipt of Carer’s allowance.


No Plans To Extend DART Network To Kilcock.

The Minister for Transport says "there are no plans to extend"  the DART rail network to Kilcock... or to Enfield".

The National Transport Authority is finalising the draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area, which will span twenty years, on adoption.

The draft strategy envisages the extension of Dart to the existing rail stations at Maynooth and Hazelhatch.

The extension of the Dart to these locations would necessitate the construction of the Dart Underground Tunnel and would be subject to business case approval and availability of funding, after 2022.

16 Hectares Of Land Acquired In Kildare Under Land Aggregation Scheme.

16 hectares of land were acquired in Kildare under the Land Aggregation Scheme in the three years to 2013.

The primary purpose of the scheme was to assist in the gradual unwinding of loans taken out by housing authorities to purchase land for the social and affordable housing investment programme.

Loans of a combined value of €11 million  were fully redeemed by Kildare County Council with funding recouped from the Dept. of the Environment

The lands are in Naas, Clane, Nurney and Kildare town.


More Than 1,000 People Attending 'Celebration Of Light' In Maynooth.

Thousands of  friends and family members of people lost through suicide will come together this afternoon to honour the lives of their loved ones at nine Christmas Celebrations of Light.

More than 1,000 people are attending a keynote event in St Patrick’s College in Maynooth remembering those who have lost their lives with the lighting of candles and a minute’s silence.

Identical ceremonies of song, music, poetry and reflection are taking place at the same time in other venues around the country.

Kildare Gardaí Appealing For Witnesses To Crash.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a serious crash in the county overnight.

Three young men were hospitalised after the single car collision which happened on the Kilteel Road at Old Miltown at around 10.50pm last night.

One passenger was taken to Beaumont hospital and is said to be in a very serious condition. The driver and a second passenger were taken to Naas General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Naas Garda Station on 045 884300.


KCC Being Urged To Establish Commercial Rates Assistance Fund.

Kildare County Council is being called upon to establish a commercial rates assistance fund.

Fianna Fáil Cllrs. Power, Callaghan and O'Loughlin, in a motion to be debated before tomorrow's meeting, say it should be "similar to the government's decision last year to fund Irish Water's commercial rates bill. "

Further, they are asking KCC to call on government to begin a process of reform of the rates system.

Around 6,000 premises in the county are liable for the charges.


Planners Given Detailed Information On Monasterevin Development.

More detailed information has been supplied on a proposal to construct 113 homes at an unfinished housing estate in Monasterevin.

Targeted Investment Opportunities Ltd. is seeking permission to build the houses at a site off Cowpasture Lane.

Kildare County Council planners sought more information to enable them to make a decision on the application; that's been submitted.


Kilteel Road Reopens Following Serious Collision.

Motorists are beiong advised that the Kilteel Road has reopened between Cromwellstown Crossroads and Old Milltown following a serious collision overnight.

Three men remain in hospital after a single car collision on the Kilteel Road at Old Miltown at around 10.50pm last night.

A 21-year-old passenger is in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital while the driver and another passenger are in Naas General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Naas Garda Station on 045 884300.



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