Drug Related Reporting Programme

Mary welcomes the new ‘the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme’ to respond to the needs of drug users and family members experiencing drug related intimidation by the Gardai. An Garda Síochána in dealing with any complaint of drug related intimidation or advice sought in relation to this issue, will do so with the utmost safety…

15-17 Drumcondra Road

Having considered the planning conditions 15/17 Drumcondra Rd Lower An Bord Pleanala determined that the change of use of the property required planning permission. Mary has asked Dublin City Council to advise on how and when they will rectify the planning anomaly’s. To view An Bord Pleanala’s correspondence click here FacebookTwitter

Housing- Investment Funds

The activity of private institutional investment funds in the Irish housing market is undermining the Governments response to the housing crisis. Every week private institutional investment funds are outbidding, outspending and gazumping aspiring homeowners, first time buyers, Approved Housing Bodies and the state.  In the past few weeks private institutional investment funds have purchased 100s…

Mary on the Tonight Show

Mary was delighted to get the opportunity of explaining the new Affordable Housing Bill, and what it will mean to First Time Buyers on The Tonight Show recently. The Affordable Housing Bill will include: First scheme of direct state built affordable homes starting at €160k in over a decade First ever national cost rental scheme,…

Public Meeting

Mary and her colleague will host a public meeting Saturday May 8th at 4pm to discuss the new Affordable Housing Bill, Metrolink & Urban Regeneration. If you would like to register please click here. FacebookTwitter

Affordable Housing Bill

Mary is urging all members of the Oireachtas to support the Governments proposed Affordable Housing Bill which includes: First scheme of direct state built affordable homes starting at €160k in over a decade First ever national cost rental scheme, with rents at minimum 25% below market rents Financial support for 1st time buyers to buy…

Easing of Restrictions & Vaccines

Mary welcomes the announcement from An Taoiseach about the gradual easing of restrictions. The last year has been very tough on everyone in our society, so with his announcement the Taoiseach gave us real hope of brighter days ahead. From 10th May: An increase in the numbers that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including…

Supports for Taxi Drivers

In Seanad Eireann Mary asked that the Minister for Transport to provide financial support for taxi drivers. There are 23,000 taxis in Ireland. Taxis are very important public transportation mode in cities and rural towns. They provide a safe and economical alternative for many urban dwellers to owning a private car and are an essential…

Outdoor Furniture- Restaurants

Mary was delighted to be part of the committee to approve the legislation brought by Minister O’Brien to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage removing the fees for hospitality businesses for outside tables, chairs & awnings. The legislation will also allow restaurants to continue to operate take away service. This will…

SUSI Grant

SUSI is now open to receive applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Important changes are being made this year including: an increase in the postgraduate fee grant and an increase in the income threshold a number of Department of Social Protection and other payments are to be included as income disregards in the student grant…