Jobs stimulus

Mary welcomes the Government’s Jobs Stimulus , the single largest state investment in Irish workers and economy in the history of our state.  The €7.4billion is designed to get Ireland’s businesses back on their feet and get as many people as possible back to work quickly. It is the next stage in Ireland’s response to…

Credit Guarantee 2020

Mary supported Government’s Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 that will make money available to small and medium size enterprises negatively affected by the pandemic.   Small and medium enterprises which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic urgently need cash to continue trading, continue employing and continue serving our communities. This is the largest state backed…

Justice for Debenhams Workers

In Seanad Éireann Mary called for justice and fair treatment for Debenhams workers who have been treated appallingly by their former employer. The “great British retailer” Debenhams opened their first shop in 1996 in the Jervis Centre.  Their business grew and they expanded to the old Roches Store shop on Henry Street and an additional…

Griffith Park tree removal

Following a Visual Tree Assessment of trees located in Griffith Park, sadly Dublin City Council has advised Mary that 14 horse chestnut trees in the park must be removed.  The horse chestnuts have been badly hit by a disease called Horse Chestnut Bleeding Canker and the situation is exacerbated by a caterpillar feeding on the…

Seanad Reform

Mary co-signed an Amendment Bill from Senator Malcom Byrne that if passed will give a vote to DCU, TU Dublin and all Irish 3rd Level Students in future Seanad elections.  The Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill would give effect to the result of the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution which provided for the extension…

Climate action

Senator Mary Fitzpatrick has long been advocate for government action to mitigate against global warming and was proud to lead Fianna Fáil’s support in the Seanad for important legislation to address the Climate Change. The bill (offically, the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill 2020) will put the Climate…

Covid-19 Financial Support

Mary supported the Covid 19 Finance Bill which will allow our government participate in €100b European Union solidarity fund dedicated to providing member states with financial assistance to respond to the exceptional financial circumstances caused by Covid19.  Mary specifically called on Government to fund and support young people to secure employment, avoid unemployment and particularly…

Stoneybatter Greening, update

Following on form Dublin City Council workshops with residents and local businesses, DCC has issued a draft plan for the greening of Stoneybatter. Over a period of eight months, DCC Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services, public-realm designers Urban Agency and ecologist Mary Tubridy ran a codesign process to work with local residents to collectively develop…

Extend maternity leave

Mary supports the women, who became new mothers during Covid19, campaign for a temporary three month extension Maternity Leave 2020. As a working mother Mary understands the demands placed on women in the workplace and at home. Covid19 has been hard on everyone but new mothers experienced a unique isolation and Mary believes every Mother…

Moore Streets future

The public are being asked to help define a future for street trading on Moore Street.  Dublin City Council’s Expert Group, Chaired by Mary Fitzpatrick, is determined to identify a viable future for Dublin’s oldest fruit and vegetable street market and is inviting the public to help define the future of street trading on Moore…