Category Archives: Local Issues

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme Workshop Launch

Following the launch of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, I wish to make my constituents aware of a series of an Ireland 2016 workshop taking place in the South Dublin Co. Co. area in Tallaght Stadium on June 2nd at 7pm.

Local authorities are currently reaching out to communities to seek ideas on the development of a 2016 centenary programme for every county. Dedicated coordinators have been appointed in each local authority and they are working closely with the Ireland 2016 team in my Department to ensure the maximum participation of communities. This will be achieved initially by holding a series of 2016 public consultations in every county in the country, a process which is already underway.

Updates on the schedule of workshops as well as further information in relation to the Ireland 2016 Programme, will be provided on www.ireland.ie If you have any queries in relation to the Community Participation strand, please contact 2016projectoffice@ahg.gov.ie or 01 6449788. You can also contact my office on 016183179 or cait.keane@oir.ie for further information on the 2016 Programme.

D6W retained in new national post code system – Keane

“I welcome the new national post code system for Ireland, Eircode, and I am very pleased that the code D6W will be retained for the areas contained in Dublin 6W”, says Fine Gael Senator Cáit Keane.

“Two years ago I made representation through Seanad Éireann that the D6W code be retained and the announcement today that ‘W’ is going to be allowed only for the code ‘D6W’ is a great result. I also congratulate the many the people of D6W who also campaigned on this.

“In the summer of 2015 every address in Ireland will receive its unique Eircode. The Republic of Ireland will be one of the first countries in the world to have a database of unique address identifiers for all properties which will assist citizens, business and public bodies to locate every individual address in the country.

“Each Eircode is comprised of seven characters that are unique to each mailing address. The seven characters are divided into two parts – a routing Key and a unique identifier. It is great that Dublin 6W will get to keep its unique D6W code.”

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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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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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