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Kildare Union Raises Concerns About Waterford Child Mental Health Services.

The Kildare headquartered Psychiatric Nurses Association says it's extremely concerned that the Waterford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has suspended taking new referrals - due to the inability of the HSE to appoint a permanent consultant psychiatrist to the service.

The PNA, based in Sallins, says this has left families and children in the greater Waterford area in need of these services, in an unacceptable situation and distressed.

The Association said it's unacceptable to admit children to adult mental health services in Waterford.

Kildare Growers Design Keynote Bia Bloom Festival Garden.

The Kildare Growers' group is again taking a major role in the Bia Bloom Festival.

It is a group of 6 wholesale nurseries in the county.

More than 800 thousand plants will be sold over the next five days at the Bia Bloom show in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

25 different gardens will compete in the ninth annual event, with up to 100 thousand people expected at the show which opens tomorrow.

The largest garden on show is the Crumlin Children's Hospital one.

Progress Being Made On Leixlip's Old ESB Site: Cllr.

Proposals to being in to use the old ESB site in Leixlip are progressing.

Kildare County Council acquired the Main Street site almost 10 years ago.

It is likely to eventually house a primary care health centre.

Celbridge/Leixlip Municipal District officials say those behind the plan have "indicated that they do intend to lodge a planning application in the near future."

Joe Neville is a Fine Gael Cllr. in the district.

He seems satisfied that progress is being made


Wall "Happy" That Progess Can Be Made On Wind Turbine Set-Back Distances.

A Kildare TD who attended a meeting with the  Minister for the Environment on wind turbine set back distances says he is "happy" that "progress can be made"

Minister Alan Kelly is understood to be considering plans to increase the distance required between homes and turbines from 500m to 700m.

It is in the face of proposals in Kildare, and elsewhere around Ireland, to erect wind turbines with tip heights of up to 169 metres.

Kildare South Labour TD, Jack Wall, says it does seem that a workable solution can be developed.


10.5 Day Average Stay For Those Who Undergo Surgery At Naas General.

People who undergo surgery at Naas General Hospital face a wait for discharge that is twice the HSE's target.

The Health Service Executive national performance review for March indicates that the average length of stay in hospital for surgical patients is 5.1 days.

At Naas General, the average is 10.5 days, the highest such figure in Ireland.

Other hospitals exceeding the discharge targe by in excess of 1 day include Beaumont Hospital and Cork University Hospital.


Working On Delivering 51 New Social Housing Units In Kildare Continuing.

Works to deliver 51 new social housing units to Kildare are continuing.

They are 10 units in Athy, 20 Kilcock, and 21 units in two developments in Newbridge.

Kildare County Council is spending a combined €5 million on these homes.

In addition, KCC says it is now begining examination of existing planning approvals to deliver 56 social housing units in Rathangan, Prosperous and Rathangan "to ensure construction at an early stage."

Delivery of these homes is costed at €9.6 million.

Donadea Against Wind Turbines Holding Public Meeting Tomorrow.

Donadea Against Turbines  is holding a planning clinic is to take place tomorrow night.

It has been set up in response to Element Power's planning application to An Bord Pleanala, seeking permission for the erection of 47 wind turbines in various locations in Kildare and Meath.

Ind. Maynooth District Cllr., Padraig McEvoy, this meeting "will be informed by expert reports from planning and environmental specialists".

"The community has had to try to raise €15,000 to achieve this level of professional input."


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