Malcolm

Planting of Fruit Trees will mark the commencement of National Tree Week

Hi By now the fruit tree project has well and truly started. We began planting in Gaelscoil Osrai with Sean O hArgain, Muniteoiri agus na Paisti. It was such a great day and our little orchard will hopefully mature over coming years. On Thursday 5th of March, I planted six trees with sixth class and my son Colm who is in Junior infants at St Canice's National School. Then it…

Mobility Plan Could Provide Viable Transport Alternatives for Kilkenny

This is a press release I issued last week. I find it incredible that many of the alternatives I put forward during the Oral Hearing for the Central Access Scheme now form part of this proposed policy. The same consultants were used here and they referenced the '2020 Vision Sustainable Travel and Transport' document to inform this policy shift. Yet during the oral hearing they admitted they weren't aware…

Noonan Welcomes Progress on Traveller Development Issues in Kilkenny

Speaking at the adoption of the Traveller Accommodation Programme at the January Meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Councillor Malcolm Noonan commended Council staff and other agencies such as KCAN working on Traveller Development issues on progress over the life of the previous plan but stated that there remains significant challenges in bringing about acceptable living standards for traveller families in some areas of the City and County. He stated that while…

Fine Gael Proposals to Address Primary School Class Size Issue are Worth Considering

Proposals put forward by Fine Gael to address the increase in class sizes in Primary Schools as proposed in November’s budget have received support from Kilkenny Green Party Councillor, Malcolm Noonan. Councillor Noonan said that the proposals are worth considering by Government and could prevent the overcrowding situation in many primary schools from getting worse. He also welcomed the non partisan approach taken by their frontbench spokesperson on Education, Brian…

Recycling Facilities Needed in Eastern Environs of Kilkenny

The lack of any recycling facilities on the Eastern Environs of Kilkenny is seriously hampering the efforts of communities in that area to recycle waste. Kilkenny Borough and County Councillor, Malcolm Noonan has asked that Kilkenny County Council would identify suitable secure sites for recycling facilities in the area. ‘This is one of the most densely populated areas of the City and it is essential that people living here, particularly those…

Nore Clean Up a Big Success

A big thanks to everyone who showed up in the cold this morning to help out with my Nore Clean up event. It was lovely to meet with like minded people, particularly those who are new to Kilkenny and feel as strongly as I do about the presence of plastic and other toxic materials in our natural environment. Also hats off to my colleague on the Borough Council, Betty Manning…

Full Text of My Submission to the An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing into the Central Access Scheme

Hi The following is the full unedited text of my submission to the Oral Hearing into the Proposed Central Access Scheme (Inner Relief Road) for Kilkenny. The dust has well settled on it now and I feel quite proud of our group and our input into the hearing, regardless of the outcome. Its been a long campaign for me, over twelve years now! I'm just glad its out of the way…

Council Asked to Lead the Way in Rainwater Harvesting

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Kilkenny County Council have been asked to lead the charge in promoting rainwater harvesting technology by installing systems in new public buildings and to introduce permeable paving to