Kildare Local Employment Service Network recently held their Annual General Meeting where several new board members were appointed.

The Local Employment Service helps unemployed people on an individual basis to access jobs, training and education opportunities.  Offices are throughout the county in Athy, Kildare Town, Newbridge, Naas and Leixlip.  New Board members include Alan Downey (General Manager, Nestlé), Patricia Kearns (Retired, Dept of Education), Micheal O’Leary (OD Design & Innovation, Irish Management Institute), Michael Gleeson (MD, ISS Recruitment).  Longer-term Board Members include Willie Hamilton (Mandate), Sally Purcell (Retired, Derby Festival Committee/Resource Centres for the Unemployed), Mary Keane (Rural Development Manager),  Allan Shine (CE, North Kildare Chamber).

Allan Shine, Chairperson of KLESN said, “ KLESN provides vital support to people who are unemployed in the county.  Whilst unemployment figures continues to fall nationally, part of Kildare are experiencing an increase.  This is very worrying, through effective collaboration with all the key stakeholders in the county we are committed to continue our supports to all people in the county who are currently unemployed.  I welcome the additions onto the board and with their valued experience, I am sure that the supports we offer along with that of our committed staff, we will continue to strive to support the unemployed sector in the county”.


Clodagh Judge, Co Ordinator said, ‘I would like to sincerely welcome the new members of our Board ‘on-board’, and we look forward to working together over the coming year.  We certainly have work to do in our locality, and particularly within some of our towns within which many businesses have been forced to close within recent years.  However, the KLESN Teams in our 5 Kildare offices are committed to providing our Clients with every support on their Pathway to Work.  Together with the support of our very experienced Board, our local chambers, and our colleagues in local business and community groups, we will continue to focus on the positive involvement we each may bring to bear for our unemployed clients.

I would also like to extend sincere gratitude on a personal level and on a professional level to Elizabeth Trappe on her retirement from the Board of KLESN.  Elizabeth has been a truly dedicated and committed member of the Board for many years.  It is with sadness that we see Elizabeth leave us, and I know that our Team and Board would sincerely like to offer her our very best wishes on her Retirement.’

For further comments please contact Clodagh Hughes 045 895555 or Allan Shine 045 894074