At a meeting of Naas Municipal District on Tuesday 21st July 2015, Cllr. James Lawless was elected Mayor of Naas for the upcoming year. Cllr Lawless, who was first elected to the council one year ago having topped the poll in the Naas area, succeeds outgoing mayor Cllr Seamie Moore.

Speaking of his election as mayor, Cllr Lawless said, “The town of Naas has a proud tradition of Mayoralty and I believe the role is very important, befitting its status as county town, a proud town, a trading town and one I will work hard to represent.

“Also now for the first time the wider Naas district can also lay claim to a Mayor as the new local government district includes Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Kilteel, Eadestown, Ardclough, Ballymore, Kilcullen and Caragh. In my remarks at the council meeting I pledged to be a Mayor for the entire district and all the people and I look forward to engaging with community groups, sports clubs, business groups, employers and all the various associations that make up the vibrant district of Naas.

“I also noted that the coming term will span the 1916 commemorations from which origins my own political views were shaped. It is a great honour to assume the role and I look forward to serving the district and all its citizens to the best of my ability.

Cllr Lawless was selected at convention to contest the upcoming general election in Kildare North for the Fianna Fáil party.

In his professional capacity, Cllr. Lawless was recently called to the Bar and is a qualified barrister, he lives in Sallins with his family and has been very active across Kildare North on issues such as public transport, fairness in taxation, property charges and crime.