Fagin’s Law

Mary welcomes the announcement from the Minister for Justice and the Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD today that the publication of the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Exploitation of Children in the Commission of Offences) Bill, which will outlaw the grooming of children into crime. The Bill will, for the…

Legislative Programme 2021

The Government has published its proposed legislative programme for the Oireachtas Spring session. As Fianna Fáils spokesperson for HLGH Mary will take the lead in the Seanad on Affordable Housing Bill, Land Development Agency Bill, Planning and Development and Nature Conservation (Heritage) Functions Bill, Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill. Full schedule is attached, please click here….

PAYE Taxpayers

Mary has been informed from Revenue that they have issued balancing statements to all PAYE taxpayers which means potentially those on PUP or TWSS will receive tax bills. Here are some FAQ’s which may help if you are affected by this: WHY AM I FACING A TAX BILL? If you received the PUP or the…

Brexit Reserve Fund

Following successful negotiations by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin of this relief fund at the European Council in July and Ministers and officials working to ensure Ireland’s interests were protected. Ireland will initially receive over €1bn which is approx. 25% of the total €5.4billion fund, due to the impact of Brexit on the country. This 25%…

Moore Street Advisory Group

Mary attended the second meeting of the Moore Street Advisory Group, MSAG, where Hemersons shared a presentation on their revised plans for development of their “Dublin Central” site.  Their plans are the work of a team of both Irish and international design, heritage and environmental professionals.  They are proposing a mixed use development of office,…

Vaccine Update

Mary welcomes the update from Minister Donnelly on the Vaccine rollout this week: Two Covid-19 vaccines have been approved for use in the European Union and a decision is expected on a third later this month. On January 12th the Minister received Cabinet approval to opt into another large purchase of BioNTech Pfizer vaccines. The…

Travel Update into Ireland

PCR tests 72 hrs prior to arrival required for all passengers arriving to Ireland from Saturday. All passengers from UK and South Africa still must isolate for 14 days. Passengers from green and amber regions will not have to restrict their movements once they have the negative results upon arrival in Ireland. Those travelling from…

Mother & Babies Home Report

Mary’s thoughts are with the survivors of Mother & Baby Homes, as the report into these homes is released today to the public. They have had a very long and lonely wait. Hopefully the report from Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes meets their needs. Some of the main actions from the report…

Vaccine Update

Mary has received updated briefing note from the Government regarding the vaccine rollout: Over the past week (4th Jan 4 – 10th Jan), the vaccination programme was activated nationwide and the target of 35,000 people were vaccinated. Over the coming weeks, there will be an initial team of circa. 1700 vaccinators mobilised across the country…

Phoenix Park

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced the publication of a Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Report. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational use of the Phoenix Park increased significantly prompting the establishment of a Steering Group comprising four organisations; the Office of Public Works…