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Electricity Out In Castledermot

2014-10-01 12:25:29

Electricity is out in Castledermot this afternoon.

The outage is a planned one, affecting 48 customers in Crophill.

ESB Networks says supply should be restored by 4pm.

Newbridge Gardai Hunt Four Men After Aggravated Burglary

2014-10-01 11:51:09

Gardai in Newbridge are hunting four masked men following an aggravated burglary in the town last night.

The gang burst in to a home in Piercetown at 9.30pm last night.

Gardai say they "used violence" against the occupant before fleeing the scene in a white van

Sgt Paul Reilly is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Gardai at Newbridge can be contacted on: 045-431-212

Kildare Gardai Issue Distraction Thefts Warning.
2014-10-01 11:41:49
Gardai are warning of distraction thefts involving those claiming to be searching for missing dogs.

The latest such incident occurred in Coldwell's in Ballymore Eustace on Monday afternoon between 2pm and 3pm.

A man approached a homeowner saying his dog was missing and likely at the back of the homeowner’s property.

The thief and the homeowner went to the back of the property, where the thief asked the householder to remain.

The householder didn't do so, on returning to the home, found a second man fleeing the property.

The pair made their getaway with a quantity of cash in a light blue hatchback car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Naas on 045-884-300
Fire-Arm Discharged In Newbridge
2014-10-01 11:41:11
Investigations are continuing in to the discharge of a fire-arm in Newbridge.

Gardai say a shot was fired through the window of a home in Piercetown at 1.30am on Tuesday morning.

No one was injured in the incident.

Gardai are asking anyone with information on the identity of the assailant, or any vehicle that may have been used in the incident, to contact them at Newbridge on 045-431-212
CIF Makes Moves To Stop Pyrite Contamination

2014-10-01 10:45:57

A group representing the construction industry is to publish a survey of suppliers, in a bid to stop materials containing pyrite finding their way onto building sites.

Pyrite was used in the construction of 30,000 homes in Kildare and four other locations

The CIF is concerned that despite the existing safeguards that are in place, pyritic materials are still being supplied to construction companies.

The bill for remedial works to homes which have been damaged by pyrite will run into many millions of euro.

The Construction Industry Federation says builders don't have the capacity to test materials on site and the responsibility for delivering pyrite free products must lie with the suppliers.

NAMA To Sell Three Kildare Hotels

2014-10-01 10:38:39

The National Asset Management Agency is planning to put another eight hotels, three in Co. Kildare,  up for sale as part of its ongoing wind-down of loans and assets.

The Irish Times reports that the Kildare properties are the Osprey and Spa in Naas; the Glenroyal in Maynooth; and Johnstown House Hotel and Spa in Enfield.

While the hotels will be marketed as part of a portfolio they would be expected to be sold separately given their different geographic locations and characteristics.

The sale process is expected to begin shortly although it is not clear how much Nama will seek for the hotels.

Kildare Price Of Farmland 20% Higher Than National Average.

2014-10-01 10:36:22

The price of agricultural land in Kildare is over 20% higher than the national average.

That's according to the latest Sherry FitzGerald Agricultural Land Price Index.

It reports the average price for farmland across Ireland is €9,500 an acre.

In Kildare and Wicklow, however, that figure stands at €12,000

The index reports that, while there was a robust opening quarter in terms of price performance, the pace of growth has since moderated.

Kildare Records 2nd Highest No. Of Bankruptcies.

2014-10-01 10:24:00

There have been 300 bankruptcies registered in Ireland so far this year, eight times the level seen in 2011.

According to the latest figures from business risk analyst firm, Vision-net-dot-ie, Dublin reported the highest number followed by Kildare, Cork and Wicklow.

KCC Publishes Property Tax Rate Variation
2014-10-01 09:49:51
Kildare County Council says the variation to the rate of local property tax will take event from November 1st.

That's described as a "liability date" by KCC.

It follows agreement at Kildare County Council's meeting in September to reduce the rate of the tax by 7.5% for 2015.

That rate will remain in effect until October 31st next year.

Day One At Goffs Orby Sale: 18.9M
2014-10-01 09:48:19
Day one of the Goffs Orby Sale achieved in excess of €18.9 million

The annual two day event is being attended by members of Dubai's royal family, racing icons such as John Magnier, and buyers from 25 countries.

Over 200 lots sold yesterday at what's billed as a "showcase" for Irish racehorse breeding.

The average price paid was €106,000, but one horse went for €1.5 million

Leo Powell is Managing Editor with the Irish Field.

He says the atmosphere at the sale is electric
More Info. Requested On KPMG Athy Housing Application
2014-10-01 09:47:03
More detailed information has been requested on KPMG's application to extend the lifetime of an Athy housing development.

Permission was granted some years ago for the construction of 63 home at Ardreigh, as phase 1B of an estate with a potential development of 280 houses.

Kildare planners were due to hand down a decision early this week, but instead, have asked for additional information on the project.
66% Drop In Volume Of House Sales In Kildare In September
2014-10-01 09:46:16
The number of house sales in Kildare in September was almost two thirds lower than the same month last year.

According to the Residential Property Price Register, 58 homes changed hands in the county over the last four weeks.

That's as against 131 in September of 2013.

However, over the course of the year to date, there's been a 25% increase in the number of homes sold.

Maynooth MD Draft Budget Meeting Taking Place This Morning
2014-10-01 09:44:42
A draft budget meeting is taking place in the Maynooth Municipal District this morning.

Kildare County Council is already in the process of developing its 2015 budget.

It will likely have to contend with a decrease in the amount of All Purpose Grant it gets from central government, which may be off-set by revenues raised through the Local Property Tax.

7.5% of LPT monies raised in Kildare will be ring fenced to each Municipal District, giving them an additional €325,00, each, next year.

Talks on budget priorities take place in Maynooth today, Kildare/Newbridge on Thursday and Celbridge/Leixlip on Friday.
Healthcare Jobs Fair In Newbridge Today.
2014-10-01 09:42:47
A Healthcare Jobs Fair is taking place in Newbridge today

It is being organised by the Department of Social Protection in conjunction with Newbridge Employment Services

25 exhibitors will be present at the event, which aims to connect employers, training providers and local jobseekers

The fare is taking place at Newbridge Town Football Club, between 11am and 3 O'clock.

Collision Cleared From M4

2014-10-01 09:42:03

In Kfm traffic and travel news

Gardai have cleared a crash eastbound on the M4 between the Maynooth and Celbridge exits.

Delays remain on that section of the route.

Positive Aging Week Begins Today
2014-10-01 09:40:34
Around 400 events to mark Age Action's "Positive Ageing Week" will get underway today.

The purpose of the week, which is in it's 12th year, is to celebrate growing older.

A range of events including tea parties, social outings, concerts and cultural events will be held in 28 counties.

Newbridge man Eamon Timmins, is Head of Communications and Advocacy at Age Action.

He says it is an opportunity for communities to recognise the contribution older people make to society:
Roadworks Get Underway On M4

2014-10-01 08:26:55

In Kfm traffic and travel news

Works will be in place both ways on the M4 Dublin/ Sligo Rd at the roundabout at Junction 8 Kilcock today and Thursday.

The works will be in place from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day and motorists should expect delays.

Roadworks Take Place In Carbury

2014-10-01 07:54:44

In Kfm traffic and travel news

The Knockcor Road in Carbury is closed today, to facilitate resurfacing works.

The project is due to conclude tomorrow evening.

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