Housing

Six years of Fine Gael led Government has culminated in the worst housing and homelessness crises in the history of our state. Fine Gaels’ failure to invest in homes is morally, socially and economically negligent. At the 2017 Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis Mary called for Fianna Fáil to recall how in much worse economic times, since…

Government must defend our tax autonomy

Having worked for years with large multi-nationals Mary understands the commercial importance of Ireland’s corporate tax rate for multi-nationals deciding where to invest and create jobs. Mary is extremely critical of the Governments failure to vigorously contest the European Commissions “state aid” ruling in relation to Apple which puts our autonomy over our corporation tax,…

Week 38 Dublin Central Planning Applications

This week there have been eight commercial and three domestic applications for planning permission in Dublin Central. Some applications to note are as follows: Mater Misericordiae University Hospital have applied for a Treatment Plant and associated infrastructure to treat waste and wastewater. The facility will treat both hazardous and non-hazardous waste and wastewater generated onsite…

Dublin Central Post Offices

Mary is a strong supporter of the local Post Offices that serve the people of Dublin Central.  Mary has worked with and on behalf of Post Masters in Dublin Central to protect this important local service since they came under threat from the Fine Gael and Labour Government more than three years ago . Mary welcomed…

Modern Language Policy

Mary welcomed the launch this week of Fianna Fáils new Modern Language Policy aimed at ensuring Ireland gains full advantage in Global and European markets in a post-Brexit landscape. Mary learned French and German at secondary school in St Dominics College Cabra and went on to earn a degree in Italian and German from UCD.  Mary’s…

Dublin Central Constituency Boundary Change

The Constituency Boundary Commission recently recommended that the constituency of Dublin Central be restored to a four-seater.  The electoral areas of Botanic A, B, C and Drumcondra South A and C will be included in the four seat Dáil Constituency of Dublin Central which will include Ballybough, Cabra, Drumcondra, East Wall, Glasnevin, Phibsborough, North Strand,…

DCC should re-introduce bin collection service

The latest Irish Business Against Litter survey once again confirms, despite the enormous efforts of residents and community groups,  Dublin’s North Inner City as a persistently littered area. To address the chronic problem of illegal dumping  Mary Fitzpatrick is calling on Dublin City Council to re-introduce domestic bin collections in the area with a waiver scheme for low…

Drumcondra Traffic Changes

In August 2017 Dublin City Council implemented new traffic restrictions on Millmount Ave at Ferguson and Walsh Road, Drumcondra aimed at traffic calming this residential area.   The restrictions have been introduced on a six month trial basis. I have received feedback both for and against the road closure.   While roads in the direct vicinity…

Connaught Street Update

Early in 2017 Mary asked Dublin City Council if they would re-surface or repair Connaught Street as it was in very poor condition.   Dublin City Council advised Mary of the following: DCC Road Maintenance Services have included Connaught Street resurfacing works in the 2017 major resurfacing works programme.   It is envisaged that all major works (including Connaught…

Ellesmere Avenue Update

In response to request from residents during Mary’s recent canvass of Ellesmere Avenue Mary has asked Dublin City Council whether they have any plans to resurface Ellesmere Avenue, D7 between no. 1 up to no. 28. Dublin City Council have informed Mary that Road Maintenance Services cannot carry out major works in 2017 due to current budget limitations. However, Ellesmere Avenue will…