Illegal Dumping

Mary launched the proposed Fianna Fáil Bill to allow Local Authorities use CCTV to stop environmental crime, such as illegal dumping. The Bill will give powers to Local Authorities to use CCTV, Drone and Automated Number Plate Recognition technology. Last year Local Authorities spent in total up to €100 million a year dealing with illegal…

Leaving Cert 2022

Mary supports the call from the Irish Secondary Students Union for a hybrid leaving cert in 2022. This year’s Leaving cert class have had a very disruptive 22 months and deserve clarity on arrangements for this year’s exams. Watch Mary speak here 👇 FacebookTwitter

Gaelscoil Áine

Further to Mary’s recent visit to Gaelscoil Áine she asked the Minister for Education, Norma Foley to make a statement on the proposed location for the school for September 2022. You can watch back Mary’s contribution below, and read the response from the Minister here The school is 3 years old and still expanding. Mary…

Violence Against Women

Mary offered her commiserations to family, friends, pupils, colleagues of Ashling Murphy, when she spoke in the Seanad this week: The sadness and anger are impossible to adequately express. While the whole country and beyond is convulsed and repulsed by Ashling’ s murder, it is important that we recognise that Since 1996, 236 women have…

New National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027

Mary welcomes the launch of the new national strategy on housing for Disabled People. Strategy clearly sets out Government’s vision for the delivery of housing and related support services for disabled people over the next five years. New strategy places a greater emphasis on facilitating independent living and being included in the community. A key…

Derelict Housing

As a City Councillor Mary fought to have derelict buildings revamped as much needed homes for people. In December Mary had the opportunity to question Dublin City Council on their efforts to identify derelict housing and to bring it back to housing supply. Mary stated during the proceedings that the housing crisis requires both national…

Undocumented Migrants

Mary welcomes the announcement from Government confirming opening date of 31st of January for applications for this scheme and the criteria for eligibility. Scheme will open for online applications on 31 January for those who don’t have a current permission to reside in Ireland Applications will be accepted for six months until 31 July 2022…

Building Services Regulation

Legislation requiring providers of building services to register with Construction Industry Register Ireland published Legislation delivers on Housing for All commitment to embed compliance in the construction sector The legislation will put the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) on a statutory footing. The Bill aims to benefit consumers and the general public by giving those…

Housing Commission

Mary welcomes the news that the Housing Commission has held its first meeting. -Key Housing for All action establishes Commission to examine long-term housing policy issues -Commission to look at important issues like housing tenure, cost, quality and supply, the cost of private rental accommodation and social housing -Wording of Referendum on Housing to be…

Birth Information & Tracing Bill

Mary welcomes the publishing of the birth information & tracing bill. This legislation has been long awaited by many.  It follows years of repeated attempts over decades to legislate for information rights for adopted persons, all of which, ultimately, did not succeed. The urgent need for this legislation has been recognised by all political parties,…