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Early Years Advocacy Group Winding Down After Seven Years In Operation.

Early years advocacy group, 'Start Strong' is winding down after seven years in operation.

The group was funded for quality early years provision, accessible childcare and education as well as the free pre-school year.

Many of the projects the group worked on were included in the new Programme for Government, including commitments to paid parental leave and a second free pre-school year.

CEO of the group Ciairin DeBuis says the group has achieved a lot but there is still work to do.



531 Farmers Applied For Assistance Under Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme In 2015.

531 farmers in Kildare applied for monies under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme last year.

The scheme provides payments on a per-hectare basis for those farming on challenging land.

According to new figures, just under €900,000 was paid out in Kildare last year in 479 allocations.

Refugees Living In Monasterevin And Kildare Volunteers Assisting Construction Of Major Show Garden At Bloom.

Members of the Kildare Volunteer Centre and a number of refugees living in Monasterevin have been assisting award winning garden designer, Brian Burke with constructing his garden at the Phoenix Park for this year's Bloom festival.

The show garden has been specially designed to provide a place of sanctuary for people displaced by war in the Middle East.  

KCC Asked To Report On Efficiencies Being Acheived Through Current Procurement System.

Kildare County Council is being asked to report on the efficiencies "achieved through current procurement system"

Fianna Fáil Kildare/Newbridge Cllr., Suzanne Doyle, says this should "regard to both cost and time including a comparative analysis with previous system, from all departments."

Her motion will be debated before tomorrow's May meeting of the council.


Further Details Provided On Kildare Town Building Plans.

Kildare planners have been supplied with more detailed information on a proposal to demolish a two story derelict building in Kildare town.

Ronlen Taverns Limited wants to knock down the building, at Market Square and Firecastle Lane, and construct a new mixed use development there.

If approved, it will include a 9 bed guesthouse and retail space.

Planners requested additional information to enable them to make a decision and that's been submitted.

Nine Seminarians Ordained As Deacons In Maynooth Today.

Nine seminarians have been ordained as deacons at a ceremony in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth today.

Amongst those ordained by Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, was David Vard of Kildare and Leighlin.

The nine men ordained in Maynooth today are all transitional deacons who will exercise the diaconal ministry for approximately one year before being ordained to the priesthood.

Kildare Cllr Wants Review Of Practices To Allow Faster Delivery Of Social Hosuing.

Kildare could lobby the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for a review of tendering and procurement practices.

Sinn Fein Maynooth Cllr., Réada Cronin, says such an amendment could cut project times to allow for fast delivery of new social housing.

Her motion will be debated before the May meeting of Kildare County Council.



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