Tallaght courthouse to remain open after successful consultation process – Keane

Fine Gael bye-election candidate for Dublin South West, Senator Cáit Keane has today (Monday) welcomed the news that Tallaght courthouse will not close as previously proposed.

“Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald telephoned me directly this morning to inform me that Tallaght courthouse will not close as planned,” Senator Keane explained.

“I have been making representations to the Courts Service and my Government colleagues for months about the proposed closure and am glad to see that these have been taken into account and that the right decision for this area has been taken,” she continued.

“Tallaght is an ever expanding area of South Dublin with over 70,000 people living here. It needs key administrative services to serve this growing population and closing the courthouse would not have been in the best interests of the citizens who live in the area. Tallaght is the administrative centre of South County Dublin and to remove such a vital organ of the justice system at local level would have been a regressive and very damaging action.

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This post was written by on September 22, 2014

FG Senator commits to providing more quality childcare options for local families

Fine Gael Dublin South West bye-election candidate, Senator Cáit Keane affirmed her commitment to providing affordable, high quality childcare for parents in the area at a Public Meeting in the Maldron Hotel last night.  Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly TD, attended the meeting.

I have been working for Early Years services and interventions since 1991,” Senator Keane told the meeting.

“I want to raise the quality of early years care and education for our children through increased training for staff.  Childcare staff carry out such important work and I would like to see them properly supported.  Every euro we spend on young people reaps an extraordinary reward and having the best trained staff in childcare settings makes a huge difference to children and to their parents, who can see the difference this makes to their children,” she stated.

“I also think inspections of childcare providers should be increased, but it’s vital that the inspectors are trained adequately to do this job,” she continued.

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This post was written by on September 22, 2014

Keane calls on Council to clarify plans for Firhouse Schools’ Site

Senator Cáit Keane, Fine Gael’s candidate in the Dublin South West bye-election, is today (Tuesday) calling on South Dublin County Council to elaborate on plans to dispose of land at a site opposite The Old Mill pub, in Old Bawn, Tallaght, to the Department of Education.

The site, if agreed by local Councillors, would provide for one new school.  The provision of a school at this busy junction would be subject to normal planning permission procedure.

“This issue was on the Council agenda last year but the land disposal did not take place at that time, due to considerable local concerns about the proposed site,” Senator Keane explained.  “That site, which was adjacent to Firhouse Community Centre, was considered totally unsuitable.  It is the only open space in the area, which is already extensively used by the football club and other local sports’ clubs. I have asked South Dublin County Council to take this site off the disposal agenda permanently,” she stated.

“The two new schools which opened in 2013, Firhouse Educate Together and Gaelscoil Na Guise, deserve proper sites and accommodation for staff and pupils,” Senator Keane continued.

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This post was written by on September 22, 2014

Keane welcomes news that HSE has purchased Mount Carmel Hospital

Senator Cáit Keane, Fine Gael’s candidate in the Dublin South West bye-election, has today (Tuesday) welcomed news that the HSE has purchased Mount Carmel Hospital.

“The HSE has confirmed that the hospital will be used for step-down service for patients who no longer need acute hospital care, and will be commissioned next year.  This is good news for healthcare professionals in Dublin South West,” Senator Keane stated.

“The loss of 328 jobs in this facility earlier this year was a huge blow to the area.  Mount Carmel had been in operation for 65 years and the people of this constituency had a huge affinity with the hospital and rightly so,” she continued.

“Medical workers will be keen to learn about the staff requirements available to be filled.  This news will also come as a bonus to construction workers in the area, as the hospital will require refurbishment to accommodate the new units.

“I would urge the HSE to engage positively with all stakeholders in the coming months to ensure plans for the hospital are adequately communicated,” the Senator added.

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This post was written by on September 22, 2014