Free GP Care

Mary believes that access to health care should be based on peoples medical need and not on their ability to pay.  Mary is working in the Seanad to progress Sláintecare which aims to provide universal access to healthcare. In the Seanad this week Mary supported an important piece of legislation which will help expand free…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dublin City Mobility

Dublin City Council is proposing to introduce temporary changes to roads, paths and public spaces to allow for safe social distancing, a tripling of cycling, doubling of walking, efficient public bus service and private vehicle traffic in the city. You can read the full proposal HERE. The proposed road lay-out changes aim to : Allow for…

Re-start Business Grant

To financially help Dublin’s small and medium sized businesses prepare to re-open and trade again Dublin City Council will administer the Government approved ReStart Business Grant.  The grant will provide direct financial aid of between €2,000 to €10,000 to small businesses with a turnover of under €5m with less than 50 employees who have suffered…

Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park has been a life-saver for so many people living in the area during Covid-19. The Phoenix Park provides numerous opportunities for green exercise and there has been a huge increase in its use for walking, cycling, running and other sorts of outdoor exercise.  To ensure sufficient space for social distancing from May 18th…

Rates Waived

Government has offered a suite of measures to further support small, medium and larger business that are negatively impacted by COVID-19 These include the waiver of Commercial rates for a three month period beginning on 27 March 2020, for all businesses that have been forced to close due to Public Health requirements.  You can read…