Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South has been reappointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with Special Responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.


Minister Heydon said “I am honoured to have been reappointed as Minister of State by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Kildare South as their TD and as a Minister in Government.


“I will continue my work to secure investment and new jobs in South Kildare, advocating for policies that support the growth and success of existing businesses in our county and working to attract new businesses and investment to the area that serve to benefit our local economy.


“Increasing school places across the constituency is another key priority of mine. By advocating for new builds and expansion of existing facilities to address the issues of shortages in secondary school places in the Newbridge and Kildare areas, I hope to improve access for pupils across the county.


“In addition, I am committed to addressing traffic congestion by delivering the second bridge for Newbridge town and working to ensure the completion and opening of the Athy ring road. These projects will help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion in the area, reducing commutes to work, school and to home.


“The Curragh Plains constitutes an important part of Kildare’s rich historical heritage and I hope to ensure that this areas long awaited conservation and management plan is finalised and implemented in the New Year.   I will also continue to assist Kildare County Board in getting the St. Conleth’s Park redevelopment works commenced, a project that will benefit all Gaa players and supporters in the county as well as businesses in Newbridge.


“I want to thank everyone who has supported me and given me this opportunity, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of you to make a positive impact in South Kildare.” Minister Heydon concluded.