Rotunda Hospital

This week in the Seanad Mary requested the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly come to the Seanad to discuss the recent KPMG report into dangerous overcrowding in the Rotunda Hospital. Mary asked that the Minister come to the house and present the Department of Health plan to address the issues highlighted in the KPMG report….

Scrambler Bikes

Mary is calling for Government to tackle the illegal use of Scrambler Bikes which costs lives and torments urban communities.  Speaking in Seanad Eireann, Senator Fitzpatrick called for Government to support and adopt The Road Traffic (All-Terrain Vehicle and Scrambler Motorcycle) (Amendment) Bill 2020 would strengthen the law through several key provisions. Paul McAuliffe TD…

Strategic Housing Development’s

Strategic Housing Development legislation has failed to deliver homes in compact sustainable urban communities like Dublin Central and I support Governments decision to retire the legislation in 2021.   SHDs is a massive missed opportunity by the state.  Speeded up planning decisions but at a cost of quality housing developments. Government should retire SHD legislation at…

Housing, Local Government & Heritage Statement of Strategy

At a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Mary said the strategy for the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Heritage cannot just be business as usual or a refresh of the previous Government’s strategy. Mary called for strategy that reflects the shared objectives of…

DART+ Maynooth Line

Mary welcomes and supports the proposal to upgrade the existing Maynooth mainline railway service to an electrified DART+. This proposal is welcomed by the communities in and around the line who hope it will provide a cleaner, greener and more efficient public transport service from Dublin City Centre to Maynooth. Mary has asked Irish Rail…

Budget 2021

Mary supported the Government’s 2021 Budget which represents the single biggest budget in the history of the state designed to protect both lives and livelihoods and give us all hope for the future.  Included in the 2021 Budget is funding for the following; ·       Housing: €3.3Billion on Affordable, Social, Homeless and Rental Sector ·       Health:…

Grangegorman Update

The Grangegorman Filtered Permeability trial has been in place since July.  Dublin City Council is extending the trial until January to allow for a public consultation to take place.  The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2020. For more information on this programme please visit: http://www.dublincity.ie/covidmobilityprogramme. It is important to have your say before 1 December….

Renter’s Protection-Update

On October 22nd 2020, Residential Tenancies Act was passed in Seanad: This emergency legislation provides ongoing protection to renters from eviction, and landlords from anti-social tenants during 5km lock downs. The Bill modifies the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to prevent any notices of termination served by landlords from taking effect during the period of level…

Bus Connects Update

Mary strongly supports the provision of more efficient, reliable and affordable public bus transport in Dublin City. The National Transport Authority (NTA) have announced details of the third round of public consultation, of Preferred Route Options for the 16 Core Bus Corridors of BusConnects Dublin. The Core Bus Corridors aims to deliver 230km of bus…

Referendum on Right to Housing

At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage Mary stated that once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control she will push for a date to be set for a referendum to be held on the right to housing. As the Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson for Housing, Local Government & Heritage says she…