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Kildare Man Avoid Jail Following "Rampage".

A Kildare man has avoided jail for going "on a rampage"and smashing up his house after seeing ‘very graphic’ text messages his girlfriend was sending to another man.

The Irish Independent reports that 45 yr. old Stephen Kiely  of Thomastown, Enfield, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage at the house he shared with his girlfriend in Oldbridge Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin on June 9 2013.

TD Pays Tribute To Athy's Dr. Lydia Foy In The Dáil.

Tribute has been paid to Athy woman, Dr. Lydia Foy, in the Dáil this afternoon.

Her 17 year legal battle with the State has culminated in the Gender Recognition Bill, which is in second stage debate in the Dáil.

If passed, it will allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates to reflect their acquired gender.

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Labour TD, Anne Ferris has praised Dr. Foy, and says that the house owes her a public apology for the delay in recognising her human rights.

 

Poor Bus Services Means South Kildare Is "Cut Off".

One of the organisers of a public meeting on South Kildare's bus service tonight says many residents are "cut off".

The National Transport Authority is privatise several routes serving the town, while Bus Eireann is to cut by 75% the frequency of one of it's Athy services.

The Chief Executive of the NTA, Anne Graham, will address tonight's meeting, being held in Athy Community College, beginning at 8pm

Sean Cleary is one of the organisers of tonight's meeting.

He has to travel to another county to get a Bus Eireann bus to Dublin

TD Raising Naas General Concerns In The Dáil Today.

A Kildare TD is raising "serious concerns regarding ward accommodation at Naas General Hospital" in the Dáil this afternoon.

It follows a situation whereby  an elderly patient remained on a trolley there for 84 hours.

While the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the hospital reached "absolute crisis point" on Monday, in terms of over-crowding.

North County Fine Gael TD, Bernard Durkan, is to question the Minister for Health on the matter as part of the Topical Issues debate in the Dáil later this afternoon.

 

Naas CU Called On To Open Newbridge Office.

Naas Credit Union is being called upon to open an office in Newbridge "immediately".

On Monday, the Registrar of Credit Unions at the Central Bank approved an application by Naas to extend its bond to include those living and working in Newbridge

Newbridge has been without credit union services since November of 2013, when the High Court approved the transfer of Newbridge CU to Permanent TSB.

The Droichead Nua Credit Union Founding Group says the common bond extension "clearly falls far short of that which is required"

Kildare Fire Service Responded To 1,600 Call Outs In 2014.

Its emerged that Kildare's Fire Service responded to 1,600 call outs last year.

That included house fires, road collisions and incidents reported at businesses.

The information was released as part of a Kildare County Council Twitter event, running today.

It is aimed at opening a dialogue on some of the services the council offers.

People can get involved using the hastags  #ourcouncilday

 

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