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Water Out In Parts Of Naas.

Water is out to parts of Naas this evening.

Kildare County Council says its water-works crew are effecting repairs to a burst watermain in the Woodlands Estate.

The supply there and in surrounding area will be interrupted until repairs are complete, which could take until 9pm this evening.


KCC To Engage With Maynooth University On Swimming Pool.

Kildare County Council is to engage with Maynooth University on the planned closure of the latter's swimming pool.

The facility is over 100 years old, and has been operating at a loss for years.

It is scheduled to close on August 31st.

KCC says it is considering a number of factors "before any decision is made to spend any money".

This includes "what technical and legal arrangements are needed before public money is then committed." to the facility

Naoise O'Ceiruil is a Fianna Fáil Cllr. in the Maynooth District.

Kildare TD: Govt. Showing "Contempt For The People".

A Kildare North TD says the government is "showing contempt for the people" in the manner and form of Irish Water  amendments to the Environment Bill.

Independent Deputy, Catherine Murphy was speaking in the midst of a two day Dáil debate on the legislation.

The bill provides for mandatory registration with Irish Water, and permits the placing of a lien on the sale of a property where charges haven't been paid.

Relevant Ministers had indicated, according to Deputy Murphy, that ammendments would result in "little change" in the status quo.

Kildare Nursing Home Costs Among Highest In Ireland.

Nursing home costs in Kildare are among the highest in Ireland.

The Health Service Executive indicates that, in public nursing homes in Kildare, of which there are three, the average cost of care per week is €1,544.

Care in some homes in Carlow, Kerry, Leitrim & Mayo is quoted at around €1,000 per week.

Nursing Homes Ireland is indicating that private sector average care costs in Kildare nursing home is €1,040 a week

Curragh Camp Training Centre Could Be Expanded.

The Curragh's Defence Forces Training Centre could be expanded to include a new international Institute for Peace Support and Leadership.

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, has flagged the possibility as part of statements made on the
White Paper on Defence.

The DFTC already contains a United Nations training school

Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD, Sean O'Fearghail, says there is a huge appetite for training for UN staff, which can be met on the Curragh.


ICAN Urges Cyclists To Appeal Fixed Penalty Notices.

Concern's been expressed over how some of the new cycling offences outlined today will be enforced.

Around 2,000 Kildare people commute by cycling, daily, and hundreds of others cycle, recreationally.

Cyclists who break red lights or cycle the wrong way up a one-way street will now face fines, under the new offences.

The 36 additional charges also includes an offence of cycling without reasonable consideration.

Mike McKillen is Chair of The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network.

Kildare Councillors Want 100% Of All New Build Homes Inspected.

Kildare County Councillors, in what is understood to be a first in Ireland, have passed a motion to aspire to inspection of 100% of newly built homes.

At present, local authorites are only obliged to ensure via inspection 15%  of newly built homes comply with building regulations as they are at the time of construction.

The motion was lodged by Ind. Cllr. Willie Crowley, who proposes inspections be funded by increasing the fee for lodging commencement notices

It would also require an ammendment to the relevant act by the Minister for the Environment.


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