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Electricity Restored To Ballitore

2014-04-23 17:29:17

Electricity has been restored to 00 customers in the vicinity of Timolin Terrace, Ballitore.

The outage, which began at 10.51am this morning, was  a planned one to allow maintenance works to take place.

 

 
Man Due In Court This Evening In Connection With Athy Death
2014-04-23 16:48:38
A man is to appear in court in Kildare this evening charged in connection with the death of a well known dissident republican in Athy in July.

The man - who is in his forties - was arrested this morning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He was brought to Newbridge Garda Station for questioning and is to appear before a special sitting of Naas District Court this evening.

56 year old Larry Keane died after being found seriously injured at St John's Lane in the town just before midnight on the 18th of July.



 
New Land League Formed In Kildare

2014-04-23 15:51:30

A "New Land League" has been formed in Kildare

It aims to prevent the evictions of residents from their homes.

The inaugural meeting, attended by 350 people, took place in Naas on Monday

The group will now show up, en masse, when a property owner is threatened with eviction or repossession

NLL founder, Jerry Beades, says members feel "enough is enough"

 
11 On Trolleys At Naas General

2014-04-23 15:43:27

There are 11 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept.

That is up from 3, yesterday.

Nationwide, there are 246 patients on trolleys at the country's other main hospitals

 
Man Still In Custody Over Enfield Robbery

2014-04-23 15:13:04

Gardai are questioning a man in connection with a post office robbery in Enfield on Friday last.

The man - a 44 year old - was detained this morning when Gardai carried out a number of searches in the Coolock area of Dublin.

He's being detained at Trim Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

A 19 year old man appeared in court last week charged in connection with the robbery.

 
Debris Reported On M7 At Naas.

2014-04-23 15:11:48

In Kfm traffic and travel news

There are reports of debris on the M7.

It is understood to be in the middle land, southbound at the Naas South exit.

Care is needed

 

 
Child's Specially Adapted Tricycle Stolen From Naas.

2014-04-23 14:43:43

Gardai in Naas are appealing for information the theft of a tricycle, specially adapted for a little girl.

The trike was taken from outside the family home, at Radharc an Caislean , at around 10.30am on Monday morning.

It was designed specifically for this child's use and cannot be replaced

Garda Paul Daly says the tricycle is "the child's treasured possession".

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

 
Appeal For Info. On Theft Of Over 20 Kegs From Kildare Pub

2014-04-23 14:27:48

There's a fresh appeal for information on the theft of "more than 20 or thirty" kegs from a pub in Kildare town.

Gardai say it occurred between 5am and 6am at the Silken Thomas pub last Wednesday morning.

Theives would have required a vehicle in which to move the kegs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Kildare Town on 045-52-77-30

 
INTO Calls For Reduction In Class Sizes

2014-04-23 14:24:52

The primary teachers union is calling for reductions in class sizes.

The INTO conference in Kilkenny has heard that primary schools in Ireland have some of the largest classes in the EU

INTO statisics from late 2013 show just 4% of Kildare children are being taught in class sizes comparable to the EU average.

In contrast, 7,600 Kildare pupils are being taught in classes of 30 or more students.

It makes Kildare classrooms among the most over-crowded in Ireland,

The Government is being asked to pledge to reduce class sizes to the EU average within three years

 
All Pyrite Fund Applications "Deemed Satisfactory"

2014-04-23 14:19:01

All of the applications processed by the Pyrite Remediation Scheme to date have been deemed satisfactory.

The Department of the Environment set-up the scheme earlier this year, to fund repair works for houses damaged by the building material, of which there are 30,000 in Kildare and four other locations

418 applications have been lodged so far, 9 from Kildare, and over half have been fully auditedwith the damage condition satisfactory in all cases.

The PRB says it s aware of actions by builders and developers against those who may be liable for the cracks and subsistence.

It says that those liable for pyrite damage should contribute to the scheme - as long as it doesn't delay homeowners in urgent need of remediation.

 
Funding Allocated To KCC To Cover Irish Water Redundancies
2014-04-23 14:17:29
€39 million euro is being allocated for job cuts at local authorities, including Kildare County Council,  as Irish Water gets up and running.

It's being slated to cover 1,100 voluntary redundancies, however no further details have been released.

The new semi-state company is taking over the water system from city and county councils, and the Taoiseach told the Dail earlier this year that 2000 staff would leave the system by 2025.

Irish Times Political Correspondent Fiach Kelly says it's not the easiest way to deal with staffing, but the government has little choice:
 
Kildare Disposable Income 4% Higher Then National Average

2014-04-23 14:16:10

The disposable income of people in Kildare is 4% higher than the national average, at €19,779 a year.

That's according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office today, on earnings in 2011.

Dubliners have the highest disposable income, at €21,000 per annum, and those in Donegal, the lowest, at €15,800 a year

The total household income in Kildare in 2011 was €5.4 billion, and people in the county paid €1.2 billion in taxes

 
Straffan Burglary Under Investigation

2014-04-23 14:09:11

Gardai in Celbridge are investigating a burglary

An owner of a home in Coursemoore in Straffan awoke in the middle of the night to find that thieves had entered the property.

Anyone that witnessed anything unusual in the area is asked to contact the Gardai at Celbridge on 01 628 8222

 
Man Arrested In Connection With Enfield Robbery.

2014-04-23 12:45:01

A man has been arrested in connection with a post office robbery in Enfield.

The 44 year old was detained after Gardai carried out a number of searches in the Coolock area of Dublin this morning.

He's being detained at Trim Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

A 19 year old man appeared in court last week charged in connection with the robbery.

 
Staffan Man Raises Awares Of Bowel Cancer Among Young People

2014-04-23 12:39:30

A Straffan man is trying to raise awareness of instances of bowel cancer in young people, after surviving the illness.

Robbie Lunn was 22 years old and on a J1 visa in New York when the symptoms of the cancer first emerged.

He put off getting his symptoms checked until he returned to Ireland.

Mr. Lunn, who is now 26 years of age, says when he did seek medical advice because of mounting pain, he was shocked to learn of his diagnosis, because he didn't fit the standard profile of those who develop bowel cancer

 
Kildare INTO: Quinn's Proposals On Religion Unfair.

2014-04-23 11:54:04

A Kildare INTO spokesperson says proposals by the Minister for Education to change timetables to facilitate religious education are fundamentally unfair.

Ruairi Quinn, addressing the INTO's conference yesterday, suggested that religion classes should take place at the beginning or end of the school day, so that pupils can opt out of them.

Bryan O'Reilly is Principal of Ballymany National School, and is a member of the union's National Executive.

He says that proposal is unfair and further, no provision is being made for the tens of thousands of pupils from families of no religious affiliation

 
Reports: Monasterevin's Fire Station Closed Briefly Over Staffing Issues.

2014-04-23 11:50:25

Its alleged that Monasterevin's Fire Station was forced to close for 6 hours on Sunday because of staffing issues.

The claim was made by a member of the fire service to Sinn Fein Athy Cllr., Thomas Redmond, in advance of a meeting with Kildare Chief Fire Officer, Celina Barrett, yesterday.

Its alleged that Monasterevin's Fire Station was not open on Sunday between 9am and 3pm.

In the event of an emergency in the area cover would have been provided by one of Kildare's 5 other fire stations

Cllr. Redmond says this allegation, combined with issues with the ambulance service in terms of staffing and response times in the area, is deeply worrying

 
One Month Until Local & European Elections

2014-04-23 11:33:47

Local and European elections take place one month from today.

Midnight last night marked the starting point from when local election candidates could display their posters on poles across Kildare.

They must all be taken down again within 7 days after the poll, or candidates could face a fine of €125 per poster

The Minister for the Environment is also reminding the public to check if they're eligible to vote on May 23rd - details are on 'check-the-register-dot-ie'

 
Kildare Among "Richest" Counties In Ireland
2014-04-23 11:45:41 Dublin is the richest county in Ireland, with over €2,000 more in disposable income per head than the national average.

It is closely followed by Kildare

According to the Central Statistics Office, the average person in Dublin has over € 21,000 in disposable income, 12 per cent more than the national average of €19,000

Kildare's average is € 19,779, and it is one of only three other counties which beat the national average for incomes once tax and housing costs are excluded.

Donegal has the lowest figure at just under 16-thousand - followed by Monaghan, Offaly and Kerry.
 
200 Without Power In Ballitore

2014-04-23 11:13:05

200 customers in the vicinity of Timolin Terrace, Ballitore, are without electricity this morning.

The outage, which began at 10.51am this morning, is a planned one to allow maintenance works to take place.

ESB Networks says supply should be restored by 5pm this evening.

 
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