Anthony Lawlor TD

Background:

I was born and raised in Johnstown, Naas and son of the late Tony & former Senator Patsy Lawlor.

Education:

Primary education in Naas C.B.S.

Second Level Education in Newbridge College.

Completed Degree in Agriculture and Higher Diploma in Education in Multyfarnham Agricultural College, University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth. Employment

Career:

Worked for Department of Agriculture in 1981.

Spent two years overseas with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a Community worked in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, from 1984 to 1986.

On my return, I worked as a substitute Teacher in Maynooth.

Also, worked as a wool buyer with Texacloth Wool Merchants, Naas.

Since 1997, I have worked as a full-time farmer.

Interests:

Member of Kill G.A.A., Naas Rugby Club, Naas Golf Club and I.F.A.

Political Career:

Due to the death of my mother, Patsy Lawlor, I was co-opted onto Kildare Co Council in January 1998. I put my name forward for the Local Elections in 1999 and was re-elected, topping for polls for the Naas Electoral Area as an Independent Candidate.

I stepped down from the Council in 2004 and shortly afterwards joined Fine Gael.

In 2009, I was selected at the Convention of the Naas Electoral Area as a candidate for Kildare Co Council. I was elected to Kildare County Council on June 5th and took up my seat shortly afterwards.

In February 2011 the people of Kildare North elected me as their representative in Dáil Éireann.


Let’s act on existing recommendations to stop senseless civilian slaughter - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has said we need accountability in any investigation of the senseless slaughter of innocent civilians in the Gaza conflict. Over the last 16 days almost 700 Palestinians, mostly civilians; and 34 Israelis, the majority of which were soldiers, have been killed. Thousands more have been injured and displaced from their homes during this time.

Lawlor calls for international marketing campaign to brand Irish beef as a high quality, grass-fed product

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, is calling for an international branding campaign for Irish beef to be established, which would highlight the fact that Irish cattle are grass-fed, giving our beef a better flavour. Deputy Lawlor has suggested that the campaign could be styled on the Kerrygold marketing drive, which pitches the product as ‘the one and only Irish butter’.

New Housing Assistance Payment will help low income families to get suitable accommodation - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has today (Friday) welcomed the new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme which he feels will assist working families on low income to find suitable accommodation.

Extension of Springboard courses to all unemployed people is welcome - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has welcomed the announcement made today (Monday) by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD, that 6,100 Springboard courses will be available in 2014/15. In particular Deputy Lawlor welcomed changes made to the scheme which will now allow people to apply for a course as soon as they become unemployed.

Change to law will finally make clocking cars an offence - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has today (Monday) said that he is very pleased that his proposal to make it an offence to clock a car is being adopted by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, through an amendment to the Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2013. The amendment to the Bill, which is due to be tabled this week in the Dáil, will make it an offence to interfere with the odometer of a vehicle.