Water

As a City Councillor,  2003-2014,  I am acutely aware of the critical importance of water for our city.  In Dublin, we use 99% of all available treated water.  The need to apply water restrictions in recent years highlights the seriousness of the situation. However, as leader of the Fianna Fáil group on Dublin City Council…

Traffic changes on North Quays

The Luas cross city is on schedule to be fully operational by years end. To prepare for the impact of Luas on city centre traffic Dublin City Council are planning to make changes from this August to traffic arrangements on both the north and south quays. The proposals for the north quays include: New dedicated bus lane…

Passport delays

The passport office is recording increased demand for Irish passports and there are currently more than 50,000 passport applications queued in the Passport Office. The average application is taking 20 working days to process (this includes Passport Express) Those lucky to be planning to travel abroad should double check that their passport is in date…

Inequitable and expensive “help to buy” scheme must be reviewed

An independent assessment of the Governments “help to buy scheme” is urgently required before costs spiral out of control. Fine Geal’s scheme launched in the last Budget gives first time buyers a rebate of 5% up to a maximum of €20,000 on homes up to a value of €400,000. The Government estimated the scheme would…

2017 Week 8 Planning Applications

This week there were six commercial and four domestic planning applications in Dublin Central.  Of note is the proposed construction of a large handball facility by the GAA on Ardilaun Road as follows: The GAA are seeking permission to demolish the current turnstile building at 1-8 St Andrew’s House and construct a 2 storey-handball centre…

Save Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service

Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service has been serving Dublin for more than 150 years. Rough annual figures compiled by the Fire Brigade’s database show that in total, they’ve responded to 116,634 ambulance calls, and 22,667 fire calls in 2016. As a City Councillor 2004-2014 Mary was a strong supporter and defender of the service….

Incapacitated Child Tax Credit

DOES YOUR FAMILY QUALIFY FOR THE INCAPACITATED CHILD TAX CREDIT ? Do you have a child or children with a disability? The tax credit can be claimed by anyone who has a child who is permanently incapacitated either physically or mentally, and is worth around €3,300 per year per child. There are significant additional pressures…

2017 Week 7 Planning Applications

This week there was one domestic and seven commercial applications for planning permission in Dublin Central of note is the following: Application for permission to construct a 5-storey over-basement development at 163-164a Capel Street consisting of restaurant and shop space at ground floor level and 7 two bedroom apartments with balconies on the upper floors…

Save Dublin Central Post Offices

News reports of the proposed closing of 200 Post Offices around the country points to a shallow and cynical commitment given  by Fine Geal and Labour to save all Post Offices in the run up to the last General election. Mary campaigned to save all Post Offices in Dublin Central because they provide an essential service to…

2017 Week 6 Planning Applications

This week there were four commercial applications and three domestic applications in Dublin Central.  Some noteworthy applications include the following: Tedcastles Oil Products proposes the building of a 432 m₂ building at Promenade Road, Dublin port, housing office and other facilities. The HSE proposes the demolition of a current 2 storey building and the construction…