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700 Palmerstown Estate Lots To Be Auctioned On Tuesday
2014-10-31 15:33:47
700 lots, contents of Palmerstown House in Johnstown, are to go under the hammer on Tuesday.

The lots are the residual contents of the estate during its ownership by businessman Jim Mansfield.

He bought the esate for €12 million in 2000, but subsequently sold it to a Galway based firm.

The auction is being operated by Ashgrove Auctions.
 
Kildare Horse Owners Urged To Know Symptoms Of Seed Poisoning
2014-10-31 15:32:30
Kildare's horse owners are being warned to be watchful of signs their animals have consumed poisonous sycamore seeds.

30 horses in Ireland have died, or been taken ill, over the last two weeks, after eating these "helicopter" seeds.

The first sign that a horse is being poisoned by these seeds is that it appears low, or presents with symptoms akin to mild colic

Bridget McGing is of Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Services in Kildare Town.

She says, depending on which muscle group is affected by the poison, death can be swift.
 
Fares Hikes Will Discourage Public Transport Use: NBRU

2014-10-31 15:31:48

The National Bus and Rail union says increasing fares discourages people from using the services.

Commuters are facing another price hike, with some fares going up from this weekend, affecting 17,000 Kildare bus and rail travellers.

The National Transport Authority made the announcement earlier this week, saying, public transport companies need to raise revenue to survive.

Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU says it's up to the Government to fund the shortfall.

 
Age Action Issues Hallowe'en Advisory.
2014-10-31 15:30:40
Many children are looking forward to trick-or-treating this evening, but we're being reminded that Halloween can be quite distressing for some older people.

Age Action is calling on people to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours tonight, and make sure they're not being bothered.

Spokesperson for Age Action, Clane's  Gerard Scully said not everyone finds bangers and trick or treaters entertaining.
 
Maynooth U Allowed To Proceed With Student Housing Project
2014-10-31 15:29:38

Maynooth University is being allowed to proceed with another facet of its €60 million campus up-grade

It is as An Bord Pleanala has up-held, on appeal, permission for the construction of a 4,365 square metre student accommodation building on the North campus.

ABP has attached 12 conditions
 
19 On Trolleys At Naas General.

2014-10-31 15:10:56

There are 19 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept.

That's down from 25 yesterday.

Nationwide, there are 270 patients without beds at the country's other main hospitals.

 
Bord Na Mona Appoints New Managing Director.
2014-10-31 12:34:50
Newbridge headquartered Bord na Mona has appointed a new Managing Director.

Mike Quinn will to take up his position on January 2nd.
 
Maynooth U Lecturer Appointed To Board Of Human Rights & Equality Commission.

2014-10-31 12:31:51

A Maynooth University lecturer has been appointed to the board of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.   

The new Commission will be established formally on tomorrow

The body will be led by  Chief Commissioner, Emily Logan, former Ombudsman for Children, who will serve for a five year term.

Also serving on the Commission is Mary Murphy, Lecturer in Irish Politics and Society, at Maynooth University.

 
Kildare TD: Civil Service Must Attract Young Staff

2014-10-31 12:20:33

A Kildare TD says it is important the civil service begin attracting young, qualified people.

It follows the unveiling by Government of a reform plan for the service yesterday.

And three-year plan will manage the service as a unified entity, and new staff will be hired for the first time since recession began

Kildare North Fine Gael TD, Anthony Lawlor, says recruitment will help to renew the service.

 
Action Group: Govt. Should "Re-Think" Need For Gridlink Scheme
2014-10-31 11:46:30
Kildare's Grid Link Action Group says the Government should  ‘halt and rethink’ need for EirGrid’s Gridlink project.

The proposal includes the erection of 700 45 metre tall pylons carrying electricity cables linking Dunstown in Kilcullen with Cork.

The call follows a submission by ESB to  the Government's green energy paper.

It says  forecast future energy need is much lower than the predictions which prompted wind turbine and Eirgrid proposals

David O'Brien is spokesperson for the Grid Link Action Group.

He says the ESB may be right in its contention that this process of development needs to be slowed down
 
O'Connor: Abolishing Water Charges Will Lead To Hire Taxes
The SIPTU President is warning that abolishing water charges would see the tax payer pay more than twice as much in the long-run.

Up to 100,000people are expected to protest this weekend against the introduction of the charges, with 80 demonstrations planned countrywide, 7 of them in Co. Kildare.

The Right2Water campaign is backed by unions including Mandate and UNITE - but SIPTU won't be taking part.

And it's Kilteel's Jack O'Connor says scrapping the charge would mean raising the money through taxation at a greater cost to the pubic:
 
Electricity Out In Parts Of Monasterevin.

2014-10-31 10:47:46

Electricity is out in parts of Monasterevin this morning.

The outage owes to a fault and is affecting 49 customers in Lackagh.

An ESB crew is on site effecting repairs, but supply may not be restored until 2.15pm

 
Seven Water Charge Protests Taking Place In Kildare.

2014-10-31 10:03:54
At least seven water charge protests are to take place in Co. Kildare on Saturday.

Its part of a nationwide day of action, in which rallies will take place in 80 locations.

In Kildare, protests are taking place in Athy, Newbridge, Naas, Ballymore Eustace, Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip.


Start times and locations are below:

 

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Kildare's IFSEA Issues Hallowe'en Plea
2014-10-31 09:47:21

The Kildare headquartered Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association is calling on the public to respect emergency and frontline staff, as they carry out their duties during this busy Hallowe'en period.

The IFSEA is based in Sallins.

Its National Chairman, John Kidd says there needs to be a 'Zero Tolerance' attitude when it come to acts of violence toward workers within the emergency services.
 
Some Public Transport Fares Increasing This Weekend.

2014-10-31 09:46:41

Kildare's 17,000 bus and rail commuters are reminded that some public transport fares will increase from this weekend.

A range of price hikes were sanctioned by the National Transport Authority earlier this week.

The National Bus and Rail union has hit out at the move, saying it'll only discourage people from using the services.

Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU, says neither workers, nor the travelling public, should be responsible for funding the public transport system.

 
K Club Supplies More Info. On Expansion Proposal
2014-10-31 09:45:53
The K Club has supplied more detailed information on plans to expand the Straffan hotel.

It is seeking permission to add 70 bedrooms in a 4,000 square metre development.

It also wants to install 70 additional parking spaces.

Kildare planners requested additional information to enable them to make a determination on the proposal, and that has now been supplied.
 
Irish Water Tenders Kildare Plant Up-Grade Contract
2014-10-31 09:45:11
Up-grade works are to be carried out a Kildare water plant which prompted supply restrictions in the Greater Dublin Area for over a week last year.

A production problem at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant affected tens of thousands of homes, schools and businesses in Kildare, Dublin and Wicklow.

Irish Water has now tendered the design, build and commissioning of a new sludge treatment facility at the plant.

 
2 Kildare Pubs Included In Michelin Guide

2014-10-31 09:44:37

34 Irish pubs, from 16 different counties, including Kildare have been included in the 2015 Michelin  Eating Out In Pubs guide.

In the south, all of the 27 pubs listed retained their Michelin status with no change since last year.

Counties Cork and Down share the honours with six listings each followed by four in Clare and Mayo with three.

Kildare have two, the Ballymore Inn and Fallon’s of Kilcullen

 
SIPTU Calls For Different Approach To Water Charges
2014-10-31 09:37:18
The head of the country's largest trade union is calling for a different approach to opposition to the water charge.

It comes as organisers say they expect up to 100,000 people to turn out for around 80 demonstrations against the charge across the country tomorrow.

The Right2Water campaign is backed by unions including Mandate and UNITE - but SIPTU will not be taking part.

SIPTU General President, Kilteel resident Jack O'Connor says preventing the charge's introduction means the public would have to meet it through general tax - and would end up paying more.

"Preventing the introduction of charges doesn't actually mean what it says on the tin" he said.

"It doesn't mean we won't pay - it actually means we will pay more, at least twice as much more" he added.




 
Works Continue On Athy Railway Bridge

2014-10-31 08:48:17

Works are continuing on the Athy Railway Bridge

They are focusing on the footpath, and are expected to continue this evening

A traffic managment system is in place

Traffic delays should be expected and alternative pedestrial routes will be accomodated.

 

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