Road resurfacing, the enhancement of community facilities and the provision of a safe and proper water supply for the Kildare Municipal area are priorities for Rathangan solicitor, Mark Stafford.
MEP, Mairead McGuinness officially launched the Fine Gael man’s campaign last Wednesday night, March 26 in the Burrow, Rathangan.
She commended Mr Stafford’s candidacy, emphasising his commitment and dedication to serving his community.
Deputy Martin Heydon and former Minister, Austin Currie also endorsed his campaign.
Mr. Stafford stressed; “We are about to embark on the greatest reform of local government ever in the history of this State, bearing in mind that current system can trace its roots back to the 1871 and the 1898 Acts.
“We currently have local administration, not local government.
“Our Government is bringing the system into the 21st Century ensuring less duplication, more integrated services and savings for small businesses.”
He added: “More than ever, we need to elect councillors wwho have the right skill sets and necessary experience to bring about reform, reduce waste and duplication and provide real value for money.
“Savings to families and businesses in terms of reduced rates and local property tax must not be as a result of a reduction in services.
“We must do more for less. My priorities include putting in place a plan for the resurfacing of minor roads in the area, the provision and enhancement of community facilities in our towns and villages – and the provision of a safe and proper water supply for the area.
“The problem with hard water in this area was an issue that I made a priority five years ago, and I am doing so again.
“We cannot have a situation where some parts of the county have a greater problem with lime in their water than others, and yet we will all be expected to pay the same when it comes to water charges.”
He thanked the party at both branch and constituency level and all of his canvassing team for their hard work.