State should not sell former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street.

Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said the former Magdalene Laundry Site on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1 should not be sold to private developers. Mary Fitzpatrick has called on Dublin City Councillors to reject the proposal to sell the site and to back her proposal to retain the last remaining Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street…

Dublin Central Housing Crises must be addressed

Mary Fitzpatrick is acutely aware of the Governments failure to provide for the housing needs of the people of Dublin Central.  Mary actively supports people in need of housing and campaigns for an accelerated house building programme, affordable housing scheme and refurbishment scheme for Dublin Central.  Mary recently joined Donie on nearFM’s Northside Today programme…

Magdalen Laundry site should be developed for housing

Mary Fitzpatrick has renewed her call for the proposal by Dublin City Council to sell the last remaining Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott St to be rejected by City Councillors. A survey conducted and published this week by the Inner-City Organisations Network has revealed that more than 80% of residents do not want the sale of the site…

“Locked Out”

Today’s report from the Simon Community highlights the impossible situation facing people trying to rent a home in Dublin Central where rents have increased by more than 90% since 2010. Mary says the report confirms the devastating experience of people trying to find a home in Dublin Central.   “The toxic combination of inadequate housing supply…

Former Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, D1.

Dublin City Council’s proposal to sell the site of the former Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street fails to respect the the Magdalene survivors, the local community, the chronic housing need in Dublin Central and the historic and future strategic value of the site. It is five years since the Taoiseach apologized to Magdalene survivors…

Housing

Six years of Fine Gael led Government has culminated in the worst housing and homelessness crises in the history of our state. Fine Gaels’ failure to invest in homes is morally, socially and economically negligent. At the 2017 Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis Mary called for Fianna Fáil to recall how in much worse economic times, since…

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…

Great Response to Christmas Appeal

On Saturday 17th December there was a great response from local people in Cabra to our appeal for non-perishables for Br Kevin’s Homeless Day Center.  There was a steady flow of people turning-up all afternoon to donate all sorts of non-perishable goods at Mary’s office.  By the end of the day there were crate loads of…

Christmas Appeal

URGENT APPEAL – BABY FOOD & NAPPIES Since 1969 Br Kevin Crowley and the Capuchins have operated a day centre for homeless people in Dublin providing hot meals, medical and social care.  Daily they serve more than 600 meals to homeless people and give out more than 1,000 food parcels each week. Together with Ógra…

North Inner City

Dublin’s north inner city was neglected and badly served by the last government.  There are significant social challenges like housing, crime, education and employment that must be addressed by the new Government.  To highlight the issues in the area and gain support for solutions I recently brought Michéal Martin TD, leader of Fianna Fáil and…