Cllr. Mark Stafford, Chairperson Simon O'Flaherty, Martin Heydon T.D., Brendan Wyse, Cllr. Brendan Weld
A new branch of the Fine Gael party has been launched for West Kildare.
Dep Martin Heydon chaired a meeting in Glennons of Allenwood last Monday, September 10, where the new branch was formed to represent the region.
Opening the meeting, Dep Heydon expressed the importance of the branch in the party structure and how it was essential to have the branch in place to allow public representatives, such as himself, work for the areas more effectively.
"Welcoming members from Killinagh, Lullymore, Allenwood, Coill Dubh, Robertstown, Ballyteague and Kilmeague, the branch will work closely with Cllrs. Mark Stafford and Brendan Weld on local projects and issues and with Deputy Heydon on national issues," said a party spokesperson.
"It is has been a few years since the party had a branch in West Kildare and recruitment for the branch was led by the Secretary of Allenwood Tidy Towns, Brendan Wyse."
Brendan explained; “as local organisations, we communicate regularly with Kildare County Council. Sometimes directly and sometimes through our local councillors. This branch will allow us to connect with our councillors in a more structured fashion in order to keep them up to date with ongoing projects and issues in our area.”
Cllr. Mark Stafford welcomed the formation of the new branch and said that he believed it would be good for the area.
He outlined the work he has been doing for the area in recent years but explained that the boundary changes for 2019 will see him having to leave the area.
Cllr. Brendan Weld will be representing the area in Cllr. Staffords place and Cllr. Weld announced to the members that he will be starting to hold regular clinics in Kilmeague, Robertstown and Allenwood very soon.
Also present at the meeting was the Chairperson of the Kildare South Constituency Executive, Peter Judge.
Peter told the members that they will have a very important role in the selection of candidates for the local election. He explained that one of the roles of the branch will be to nominate candidates to represent the area in the future.
The branch created a report for the public representatives which was presented to them by new member, Tim Maher, at the meeting. The report contained updates on several ongoing projects such as the playground for Allenwood and the project to create a circular walking trail from Allenwood Cross to the Shee (Skew) Bridge and back by the canal bank.
Officers elected on the night were Simon O’Flaherty (Chairperson), Amanda Brennan (Secretary), Thomas Brennan (Treasurer) and Jason Wyse (Treasurer).