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Bumblance Push Arrives In Dublin, Via Kildare.

2014-09-19 17:14:37

The Bumblance Ambulance push has made its way to Dublin.

A group of 8 people have made their way from Dingle to Dublin, a distance of over 370 kilometeres.

It has been travelling through Co. Kildare since Wednesday, leaving at around 2pm this afternoon

€100,000 has been raised for the charity, which stations the bumblance in Leixlip.

It needs another €100,000 to fund its services.

Kildare TD Concerned About Potential Irish Water Data Protection Issues
2014-09-19 16:05:54
A Kildare TD says she is concerned about the potential data protection issues that may emerge if Irish Water is sold.

It is as the utility, which is a private company, is sending out information packs to every household in Kildare, asking for residents PPS numbers.

It is doing so to ensure that the correct water allocation is given to every home before charging for water kicks in.

But, Kildare North Ind. TD, Catherine Murphy, is concerned about what happens to this sensitive information if Irish Water changes hands.
Car & Horsebox Recovered In Athy Raid
2014-09-19 16:05:12
Three men have been arrested in Kildare after a car and two horse boxes were recovered in an operation in Athy last night.

The Honda CR-V, two horse boxes and a selection of hand tools and equipment were found when Gardai searches a property at Blackwood.

The three men - who are 26 - 28 and 30 - are being questioned at Kildare and Newbridge Garda Stations under Section 4 Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The items have been removed to a Garda compound where a detailed examination will be carried out.
Barnardos Collection Day Continues In Kildare
2014-09-19 16:04:11
Barnardos is calling on Kildare people  to dig deep and support it's National Collection Day today.

Barnardos says that one in ten children, or around 5,000 in Co. Kildare, lives in consistent poverty.

The charity says the issues it's dealing with have become more complex, with families facing extreme hardships every day.

It is holding fundraising collections in Celbridge, Maynooth, Naas and Newbridge today
"Cultural" Catholicism May Be A Factor In Falling Vocations

2014-09-19 16:03:25

"Cultural Catholicism" may be contributing to the fall in Irish vocations

Just 14 men entered seminary at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, this year.

The number of  men beginning priestly studies in England and Wales is four times higher - despite the fact there are less Catholics there than in Ireland.

Reporter with the newspaper, Cathal Barry, says it may be the case that those in the English Catholic Church are more actively committed to clerical vocations

Investigation Of "Incredibly Busy" Sallins Junction To Take Place
2014-09-19 16:02:47
An investigation is to be under-taken on an "incredibly busy" junction in Sallins, which has five feeder roads.

Collisions frequently occur at the  Osberstown junction.

Locals have been asking for some traffic calming or funnelling measures there for years, and it has often been featured in motions before Kildare County Council

Sallins resident and Naas Fianna Fáil Cllr., James Lawless, brought the latest motion on the matter

He says KCC is now to investigate options for making the junction safer.
IBA: 400 Bookies Have Closed Since 2009

The Kildare headquartered Irish Bookmakers Association says almost 400 of its member shops have closed in the last five years

Turnover has dropped by a billion euro a year in that time

Some of that is being attributed to the recession, but mobile operators are having the greatest impact on the traditional bookies outlets

Sharon Byrne is spokesperson for the IBA, which is based in Kilcock.

She says current legislation prevents bookies from competing with their online counterpart
Kildare Gears Up For Culture Night.
Its Culture Night in Kildare, billed as a great way to get to know the gems on your own doorstep

56 free events are taking place right across the county as part of a nationwide showcase of  arts, culture and heritage.

Kildare's Arts Officer, Lucina Russell

She says every single event is free
Driver Who Killed Kildare Man In UK Facing "Lengthy Jail Terms"

2014-09-19 12:14:46

A driver who knocked down and killed a Kildare man in England has been warned to expect a lengthy jail term.

The Irish Independent reports that Fahid Saber will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to causing the death of 22 yr. old Leixlip native, Joseph 'Jody' O'Reilly by dangerous driving.

Mr O'Reilly was on a night out in Birmingham when he was struck by Saber's Volkswagen Polo on December 15 last.

The Irish Independent reports that Saber, of Bromford, Birmingham, also pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday to a separate charge of dangerous driving.

A sentencing hearing will take place on October 24th

Electricity Restored To Ballymore Eustace

2014-09-19 12:08:11

Electricity has been restored to parts of Ballymore Eustace West

The outage was a planned one, affecting 16 customers in the Longstone area.

10 On Trolleys At Naas General.

2014-09-19 12:07:10

There's are 10 people being treated on trolleys at Naas General Hospital's Emergency Dept.

That is up from 9, yesterday.

Nationwide, there are 242  people on trolleys at the country's other main hospitals.

Sallins Rail Commuters Paying Double Comparable Fare Rates

2014-09-19 11:32:14

Sallins train users are paying in excess of twice the return fare to Dublin of their Hazelhatch counterparts

The charge, from Sallins to Dublin and back is €8.60.

In Hazelhatch, one station ahead on the line, the rate is €3.80

Naas Fianna Fáil Cllr., James Lawless, says the fare from Sallins is significantly higher than those in other stations a similar distance from Dublin city centre.

Just 14 Men Training To Be Priests At Maynooth

2014-09-19 11:27:22

There's been a dramatic drop in the number of men training to be priests in Kildare

The Irish Catholic has published results of a survey which found that just 14 men entered seminary at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, this year.

The newspaper says the number of men beginning priestly studies in England and Wales is four times higher - despite the fact there are fewer Catholics there than in Ireland.

Reporter with the newspaper, Cathal Barry, says the fall in vocations means these new seminarians face huge challenges

McGuinness Appointed Children's Rights Mediator At European Parliament.

2014-09-19 10:21:20

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has been given the role of Children's Rights Mediator for the European Parliament.

She represents Midlands North West, which includes Co. Kildare

Ms McGuinness was recently appointed a Vice President of the Parliament and so was given extra responsibilities.

KCC Collating Data On 4,222 Land Based Assets

2014-09-19 09:40:09

Kildare County Council is in the process of collating a data bases of its 4,222 land based assets.

Among them are the almost 3,000 homes the authority owns, but also council buildings and depots, and assets such as playgrounds and cemeteries.

KCC got the list from the Property Registration Authority in 2011, and it was up-dated last year.

It says work to match these maps with physical land acquisition files stored in various locations in Áras Chill Dara and off site continues.

Barnardos Collection Day In 4 Kildare Towns Today
2014-09-19 09:38:58
Its Barnardos National Collection Day, and fundraising is taking place in four Kildare today.

The charity says 1 in 10 Kildare children, or around 5,000, living in consistent poverty, and monies raised today will go towards helping them.

Collections  are taking place today in  Celbridge, Maynooth, Naas, and Newbridge.

56 Culture Night Events Taking Place In Kildare Tonight

2014-09-19 09:35:45

Tonight is Culture Night in Kildare, and 56 free events are taking place right across the county.

Its a nationwide night-time festival of arts, culture and heritage, and this is the fifth time it has taken place in Kildare.

Kildare's Arts Officer, Lucina Russell, will be a guest on this morning's Kildare Today programme with Shane Beatty at 10.40am, to detail all the workshops, tours, talks, performances, exhibitions taking place this evening

Kildare Business Re-Opens Today

2014-09-19 07:57:49

Holmestead Saddlery is re-opening its outlet in Kill today.

It was closed by a devastating flood in October 2011.

The firm returns to business today, and says it will  roll out 30 full- and part-time positions over the next two years.

Permission To Change Credit Union Sign Requested

2014-09-19 07:56:39

Commissioners of Public Works have applied for planning permission to remove signage from the former Newbridge Credit Union building.

permanent tsb will be relocating the former CU business in early 2015.

The  Commissioners of Public Works indicated in March of last year that the building  is likely to be turned in to a social welfare office.

This planning application, lodged with Kildare County Council, also seeks leave to erect new external signage

A decision is due on November 11th.

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