News & Updates

Bord Snip Report Ignores Rural Ireland

Speaking following the publication of the an Bord Snip Nua report, Kilkenny City's Mayor, Malcolm Noonan said that while the report has some worthwhile proposals, it largely fails rural Ireland and was written with a myopic Dublin worldview. Mayor Noonan is also critical of the report and its implications for local government funding. ‘Certainly there's plenty of food for thought for Government in here', he said. ‘However, proposals to downgrade rural…

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…