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Meetings and Services Kildare County Council Statement 02.04.2020

Kildare County Council Services and Arrangements for Council Meetings During Covid-19

The delivery of services by Kildare County Council has had to change significantly in recent weeks and, as required by Government, all Council Offices are now closed to the public until further notice.  Council staff are now focused on the delivery of critical essential services that must be maintained through this Pandemic. While the offices are closed Council staff are available to deal with queries relating to essential services and members of the public are encouraged to make contact by phone and email.

In line with requirements associated with social/physical distancing, and in order to focus efforts on service delivery, the elected members of Kildare County Council decided to cancel all meetings of the council up to and including 31st March.  The elected members have been working with the council executive and staff to support our citizens during this very difficult and stressful time for us all.  On Friday, 27th March, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, asked that everybody stay at home for a two week period up to Sunday, 12th April, barring some very specific exceptions.  In tandem with this the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, asked each local authority to establish a Community Response Forum to coordinate a community response across the country.  In light of these events the elected members have agreed to further postpone meetings of the local authority up to Friday, 24th April.  This will be reviewed on a continuous basis over the coming weeks. 

Despite the fact that the elected members are not meeting in the usual structure, there is continuous interaction between the executive and staff of the council and the Councillors, to ensure that all efforts are on delivering essential services to our citizens and coordinating the community response.   

A dedicated community support helpline has been established in Kildare County Council to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new Kildare Covid -19 Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a coordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.

Included in the Kildare Covid-19 Community Response Forum are:

  • Kildare County Council
  • Health Service Executive
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Tusla
  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
  • Local Enterprise Office
  • Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board
  • South Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force
  • GAA
  • IFA
  • County Kildare LEADER Partnership
  • Public Participation Network
  • Peter McVerry Trust
  • Family Resource Centres
  • County Kildare Chamber of Commerce
  • Kildare Age Friendly Alliance
  • Kildare Sports Partnership
  • Muintir na Tire – Conor O’Leary (County Champion)
  • An Post
  • Red Cross
  • Civil Defence
  • Citizens Information
  • Kildare South Dublin Local Link
  • Kildare Volunteer Bureau
  • Alone

Contact details for the community support line are: Freephone 1800 300 174 or 045 980 202 or email covidsupport@kildarecoco.ie.

All other essential services are available through one of the following communication channels:

  • Email: customercare@kildarecoco.ie
  • Post: Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare
  • Telephone: 045 980 200
  • Out of Hours: 1890 50 03 33
  • Homeless Out of Hours: 1800 804 307

A list of essential services that will continue to be serviced as a priority is published on our website here: http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/coronavirusinformation/

Protection from coronavirus – It’s in our hands #ItsInOurHands  #Covid19. 

Councillor Suzanne Doyle                                                                  Peter Carey

Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council                                          Chief Executive

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