Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Communications from our local representatives:

Dear Editors,

I would be grateful if you would publish the following in the next edition of The Ballymore Bugle:

The Kildare County Council KTK Community Levy Project

“The saga goes on; I have requested that we discuss it at our next meeting on the 20th October,
I am sorry to hear that Rose has resigned from the Committee - best of luck with your studies, Rose!

If there are any community groups that want to make an application for KTK Funding, please feel free to contact me directly to discuss: email or phone 086 234 1009.

I was very pleased that the Lisbon Treaty was passed Friday week as I firmly believe it will be good for the Country.
Over the years, Ireland has received a lot of financial support from the EU and I hope that we will continue to do so in the future.”

Cllr Willie Callaghan, FF

South Kildare Community Transport Services

"Following on his motion to call on the Minister to protect the services offered by South Kildare Community Transport in light of recent announcements, Cllr Mark Wall has welcomed the decision of the Council to back the motion.

South Kildare Community Transport offers a comprehensive transport service for the people of Ballymore, Dunshane and surrounding townslands; the service has recently being altered and the company are more than willing to talk to local people in the Ballymore area who would like to discuss the service. They can be contacted on 045 871916.

The company ensures that the people of Ballymore can access the town of Naas and we must ensure that such an important service is protected for the sake of those who use the service and for those that may have to use the service in the future.

I welcome welcomed the decisive ‘Yes’ vote in the recent Lisbon referendum, the input of the Business Community was particularly welcome as we must encourage every possible potential employer into this country and into our county in particular. It is my opinion that this can be best achieved as part of a European Union and the reaction to the decisive ‘Yes’ vote throughout Europe was very encouraging"

Cllr Mark Wall, Labour

Wolfe Tone Cumann
Tributes were paid to the late Des Kennedy, former Chairperson at last month’s cumann meeting. The late Des was acting chairperson at the time of his death and one of the cumann’s hardest workers, having been local Director of Elections for several elections. He will be sadly missed by friends and local representatives. Pat Browne, vice chairperson, was elected to assume the role of Chairman until the next annual general meeting.
The cumann also discussed a fitting feature to be made as a memoriam to Des, plans to be discussed further at the next meeting.
Cumann members are reminded that the Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration Day will take place in Bodenstown at 12pm on Sunday, October 18th – all welcome to attend.
Scoil Mhuire

Works being done at the moment are part of the Summer Works 2008 scheme. The school was initially turned down for this work for the Summer of 2008 due to budgetary concerns in the Department of Education and Science but were surprised to be included for a grant just prior to summer 2009.

We hold yearly consultation meetings between Principal and 6th class pupils and between the Board of Management and 6th class pupils regarding general school policy and facilities to get their opinions. At the consultation meeting in June 2007, 6th class pupils highlighted clearly for the Board the difficulties they experienced having to enter and exit on the pedestrian path as it is too narrow for the volume of pedestrian traffic at peak times. The board explored their proposals and decided to apply for a grant to put a wider footpath on the town side of the gate and to increase the staff car-parking from 12 spaces, as there is now a daily staff of 15 and 248 pupils.

Ideally we would prefer to carry out this work when the school is closed but that was not possible so it is hoped that the works will be finished by the end of Hallowe'en week.While it is an inconvenience to have works during term time, the board believes that anything which will increase pupil-safety is well worth the effort. In relation to the "Suaimhneas" garden, this is a project we hope to carry out in the inner courtyard. We applied in March '08 for a grant for this under the KTK scheme and will consider this work if we are successful in obtaining this grant.Mairead O'Flynn, Scoil Mhuire, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. 18055B
NB Scoil Mhuire was passed for €6,000 earlier this year by the KTK Kildare Co Council Levy Committee but no further meetings have been scheduled and there was no monies in the fund at the end of August 2009. KTK themselves estimate they owe €60,000 approximately. The Bandhall Committee, Scoil Mhuire and the CDA/TIDY Towns can not have their funding released under further monies are paid by KTK. (Tidy Towns project on the Old Library has not been discussed property nor yet approved as the committee has not met for at least 5 months.) I, Rose Barrett, have since stepped down from the committee due to education commitments and frustration......................

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