SENATOR

VINCENT P. MARTIN

KILDARE NORTH

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I am married with two young children.

In 2019 I was elected to Kildare County Council representing the Naas Municipal District. I am a Senator since 2020 and the Green Party’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Defence.

I am the founder and director of Going Plastic Free Irl. (GPF).

Director of Public Access to Law (PAL) 1996-2020. I devised the annual Transition Year Schools’ Mock Trials Competition and visiting law module which to date has been delivered to over 150,000 pupils nationwide.

Former President of Maynooth University Students’ Union.

Co-founder of the New Beginning group of lawyers which offered support and free legal advice to thousands of people who faced the imminent loss of their homes during the recession.

Member of the North Kildare Beekeepers Association.

I am a barrister (Senior Counsel).

A chara,

I hope to meet as many people as possible over the coming months. I am keen to hear about the local and national issues that matter to you.
If there is anything that you or a community group would like to discuss, do not hesitate to contact me.
I am delighted and honoured to be working on behalf of the people of Kildare. I will continue to bring all my energy and dedication to my role as a member of Seanad Éireann. As a legislator I am especially keen to hear of any suggestions you wish me to consider in respect of introducing new legislation.
If you would like to receive my regular Kildare news updates, please send me an email requesting same and I will include you on the mailing list.
Nature is our first and best line of defence against climate change. It provides us with clean water, food and has been a saving grace for many since the beginning of the pandemic. Many of us have grown to appreciate it more. Now, let’s work together to protect it and play our positive part in tackling the greatest challenge facing humanity today.

Míle buíochas,

Vincent P. Martin

TOURISM MINISTER VISITS DE BURGH PARKLAND

Pictured is Green Party
Deputy Leader and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., on the occasion of her recent visit to County Kildare.

Minister Martin visited many of the tourism treasures in our county including the De Burgh
Demesne (circa 15 acres) in Naas which when opened by the Local Authority to the public will be one of Ireland’s foremost urban biodiversity parks.

Photo also includes Green Party Senator Vincent P.  Martin and members of the Kildare Greens.

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Budget 2022

Recently we saw the announcement of Budget 2022. It is one which is set to support young people and families while setting out the course of how we step up our fight against climate change. Green Party policies can be seen throughout this showing our influence in government. Here are just some of the measures contained in the €4.7 billion package:

Young people:
– Half-price public transport for 19-23 year olds
– Free contraception for women aged 17-25
– Abolition of PLC contribution fee
– Increase in SUSI maintenance grant and eligibility criteria

Families:
– Free GP care for children aged 6 and 7
– Parents’ Benefit increased by two weeks
– Childcare fee freeze
– Huge increase in SNAs and teachers in Special Ed

Equality and Social Welfare:
– Minimum wage increased by 30c to €10.50 per hour
– Back to school clothing/footwear allowance increased by €10
– €18m increase in DEIS funding and €4m to extend hot school meals scheme
– Increase in fuel allowance

Justice:
– Increase funding of 5.3% on 2021 allocation
– €28m to support the rollout of White Paper on ending Direct Provision
– Additional 800 Gardaí will be recruited next year, plus 400 Garda civilian staff
– €6.7 million in youth justice strategy

Climate Action:
– €202m for energy retrofitting of 22,000 homes
– €5000 VRT relief for battery EVs extended to 2023
– Carbon tax returns  ringfenced in investment in  energy efficiency measures and social protection measures.

Housing:
– Record €6bn in funding to Department of Housing –
an increase of 15.6% on the 2021 allocation and a 48% increase over the last three years.
– €18m for Traveller  accommodation schemes
– €85m for retrofitting

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

In recent weeks I have introduced two pieces of proposed legislation (First Stage):

Protection of the Native Irish Honey Bee Bill 2021:

The purpose of this Bill is to  prohibit the importation into Ireland of non-native honey  bees in order to protect our  own native honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) which is  endangered from hybridisation and introgression.

Regulation of Air Traffic Over Sporting Events Bill 2021: I received a number of   representations concerning the improper use of drones  operating during the course of  live horse racing. Having given the matter some consideration  and in consultation with various stakeholders I introduced this proposed legislation.

GARDEN TOURS OF KILDARE

The aim of Garden Tours of Kildare is to share the delight of amateur gardeners. I hope that this initiative will give visitors unique access to numerous gardens in our county and raise monies for charities through admissions, teas and cake sales.

If interested or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Garden winner should have the following caption: Heartiest congrats to Nelly& Joe Egan, St. Patrick’s Park, Kill who won first place in the Best Kept Garden 2021 at the annual Pride in Your Place Awards hosted by Kildare County Council.
Pictured is Sen. Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity with Sen. Vincent P. Martin and members of the Kildare Greens on the occasion of her visit to Rathcoffey Zero Waste Community Garden.

League of Ireland Football to return to County Kildare?

I have attended numerous  meetings in recent months  exploring the possibility of a team from our county  competing in the League of Ireland. The preference is, if  possible, for one unified team to partake thus harnessing all the county’s strengths and  finances to make this team most successful. This would allow our most talented male and female footballers  showcase their talents in their own county at the highest level. I believe apart from showcasing our local talent  and having a long term  ambitious plan to bring  European club football to Kildare, the project has huge  benefits for local sport tourism and for local communities.

Right now it is facing a significant preliminary hurdle to provide such a club with a home stadium containing at least 1500 seating capacity (FAI guidelines) where games could be played and when not being used, share with the feeder clubs and other sports. Any help, advice and/or suggestions would be gratefully received.

It is proudly heartening that numerous gaelic football and rugby clubs in our county are doing well and hopefully this will be complemented with a League of Ireland soccer team in County Kildare.

Farmers' Market

Pictured is Minister Catherine Martin on the occasion of meeting stallholders who intend operating the Naas Farmers’ Market from the new site in the town centre known locally as the Potato Market which is in an advanced stage of completion. Apart from a boost to local tourism and the economy, farmers’ markets have an important, sustainable role to play in tackling climate change.

The Kildare Greens wholeheartedly support farmers’ markets. If you are interested in receiving more information and/or would like some assistance or advice in establishing a farmers’ market in your local community, do not hesitate to contact me.

FÉILE LIAM O‘ FLYNN – October 2022

Like many others I have a deep appreciation of traditional Irish music. This led me to setting up a Féile Liam O’Flynn committee with the purpose of celebrating annually the life and legacy of the late Liam O’Flynn whose contribution to music is fondly remembered and cherished.

The weekend will include recitals, master classes in piping and harp and live performances from renowned artists. An integral part of the weekend will be the inauguration of an annual award (Liam O’Flynn Award) to an artist(s) from the county as a sign of our gratitude and recognition of their contribution to music. A scholarship will also be presented to a young promising piper.

There is still time to get involved in a voluntary capacity with advice, input and suggestions. If interested, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Naas Town Renewal Masterplan

I look forward to the completion of the Naas Town Renewal Masterplan for the redevelopment of the historic core of Naas Main Street, Corban’s Lane, Church lane and Friary Road. The former Town Hall is under redevelopment (the new Library & Cultural Centre) and has received funding from the Urban Regeneration and Development Funding (UDRF). It will also provide an indoor space for community events and an exhibition gallery.
The Potato Market is also earmarked for URDF funding and will provide a home for the Naas Farmer’s Market in the heart of the town and a venue for community use, civic amenities and outdoor entertainment/events. This along with the  redevelopment of the Naas Shopping Centre and St. David’s Castle will reinvigorate the Castle quarter.

De Burgh’s Demesne, Oldtown

It is the hidden “jewel in the crown” of Naas with a cascading waterfall, octagonal lake and connecting streams adjoining the Naas branch of the Grand Canal. KCC plan to commission a Conservation Management Plan to identify and protect the intrinsic heritage and unique ecology of the woodlands prior to developing footpaths and amenities and before its opening to the public.

Senator Vincent P. Martin raises Green Flag at Busy Fingers Creche and Montessori.

Better and More Sustainable Transport Solutions

I support a modal shift, that is a move towards increased use of public transport and active travel, including cycling and walking on short journeys to school or work throughout Naas town. Safety is paramount and the sustainable transport team at KCC are working to deliver high quality egregated walking and cycling tracks including the Kilcullen Road, the Naas to Kill cycleway, the Sallins Traffic Calming and Cycle Track Interim Scheme and the Naas Canal Greenway. The latter will link Naas Canal Harbour to Sallins and provide a dedicated sustainable travel route to Sallins Railway Station and link Naas with the Grand Canal Greenway soon to begin construction from Sallins to Alymer Bridge at the Dublin border.

Since the onset of the pandemic I have had the privilege of meeting with numerous local businesses to discuss practical ways of offering some support including creating more awareness and promotion of their local business on social media. Their resilience, courage and contribution that they make to the local economy is inspiring during such challenging times. Feel free to contact me to  highlight your local enterprise.

Arts Minister visits Moat Theatre, Naas

Pictured is Minster Catherine Martin T.D., and  members of the Board of the Moat Theatre, Naas. Also in the picture is Senator Vincent P. Martin. As part of the visit Minister Martin was given a tour of the theatre and had a meeting with the Board members.

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