Leixlip-based independent local election candidates, Cllrs. Anthony Larkin and Denis McCarthy, launched their respective campaigns together at the Springfield Hotel on 24 March.
Both are Town Councillors known for their role in projects over the years – rolling up their sleeves – they are concerned the disappearance of the Town Council will deprive Leixlip of its share of resources.
The two, who were both recommended by Deputy Catherine Murphy when she was elected to the Dail in 2011, will be supported by her.
Speaking at the Springfield launch, she said the local government reform programme was disappointing “modification of a system designed in the 19th century.”
Deputy Murphy claimed that €600m was being taken out of the local government fund.
She said that 27,000 people were employed by local government.
Kildare County Council employed 750 of these, but based on its population, should have 1,300 people.
Cllr. Larkin said it is a shame the Town Council will be abolished.
Pointing to all it has done, he said good projects were still being planned – including an extended tour of the areas connected with the first Arthur Guinness.
Denis McCarthy said the independents were not beholden to any party, and were grateful for Deputy Murphy’s support.
He recalled the fight to have the Town Council’s Capital Fund being spent in Leixlip.
Cllr. McCarthy has a particular interest in the Wonderful Barn.
“If that existed twenty miles south of here, we would have tour buses going to it,” he said.