Green Party gathers in Naas to discuss proposals to help commuters

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Green Party gathers in Naas to discuss proposals to help commuters
12:42 Friday 14th of September 2018
ABOVE: Vincent P Martin (Green Party Election Candidate North Kildare) with TD Catherine Martin and TD Eamon Ryan
The Green Party will be assembling at the Osprey Hotel in Naas today and tomorrow to discuss their agenda for the upcoming political year, and to unveil the party’s first tranche of candidates for the local, European and general elections.
Attending will be TDs Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin as well as Senator Grace O'Sullivan.
Also present will be Green Party councillors, Green Party Local, European and General Election candidates and the Party Executive.
The main policy focus of the event will be the unveiling of the Party’s new Commuters’ Charter, which contains a series of measures to help improve the lives of people commuting to work, school, home and elsewhere by reducing waiting times, improving comfort and safety and incentivising people in to using healthier and less polluting modes of transport.
Vincent P Martin, who is the Party’s candidate for Kildare North, will be focusing in particular on the challenges faced by Kildare commuters, including the issues they face in finding adequate park-and-ride facilities when accessing rail in the county.
He said:
Commuting is one of the most important issues facing people in Kildare. Providing better access to work, schools and shops and allowing commuters to leave behind the car to use safe, efficient, comfortable and frequent public transport has always been at the core of the Green Party. 
"Our new Commuters’ Charter would help re-balance transport policy and restore faith in our public transport system. This is needed now more than ever, as Kildare faces huge demographic growth and increasing pressures on its transport networks. Citizens need to be helped out of cars and into less polluting, healthier and faster modes of transport to enhance their quality of life, as well as benefiting the planet.”
Kildare's commuting needs are even more pressing than most surrounding counties.
This escalating problem can be understood better by looking at the most recent census stats (2016) in respect of the county's population:
  • 64.8% increase in population since 1996;
  • The highest rate of young people aged 0-24 in the state (81,517, which represents 36.6% of Kildare's total population);
  • The 5th largest population in the state.
    The Green Party says that despite these facts, there has been no appropriate corresponding investment in public transport for the area.

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