Dublin Literary Awards

On November 11, 2019 on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mary officially launched the Dublin Literary Award 2020. The Dublin Literary Award is a Dublin City Council initiative recognised internationally for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for its promotion of Irish writing internationally. The 156 books eligible for…

Faussagh House Dereliction

Mary continues to pursue a resolution to the abandoned and derelict site to the rear of the Faussagh House on Faussagh Avenue.  Mary recently asked the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council for an update on action DCC is taking to address the dereliction and if DCC will consider purchasing the site.  In reply Dublin…

Community Policing

Navan Road, Ashtown and Pelletstown On October 10th 2019 Mary chaired the Community Policing Forum for the Navan Road, Ashtown and Pelletstown area. The meeting was attended by Dublin City Council area staff, the Gardaí, Deputy Jack Chambers TD, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman and Cllr Colm O’Rourke. The Gardaí provided a detailed report on crime in…

Connolly SHD

At the November Central Area Committee Mary called for the proposed Strategic Housing Development at the rear of Connolly Station to be rejected in its current format because this proposal for 741 tiny, build-to-rent apartments is cheap and falls far short of what this hugely important site in our capital city deserves. 98% of the…

Community Policing

Drumcondra & Glasnevin Since being appointed Chair of Dublin City Joint Policing Committee Mary has identified improved community policing as an objective to be delivered for Drumcondra. Following Mary’s representations regarding policing issues in Drumcondra and Glasnevin, the Gardaí have advised that they intend holding a community meeting.  Gardaí from Santry will hold a Community…

Drumcondra Road Trees

Dublin City Council are undertaking greening improvement work on the central median on Drumcondra Road Lower and Dorset Street.  Before the works commenced 21 of the 22 trees on Drumcondra Road Lower were dead.  The works will remove the dead trees and hard surfaces and introduce new trees and ground planting.   The new trees will…

O’Devaney Update

Mary is determined that Dublin City Council will deliver social and affordable housing and introduce the Vienna style housing model of affordable rental in Dublin City. In October, Mary and her colleagues rejected a bad Fine Gael / Sinn Fein proposal for O’Devaney Gardens: only 30% social housing, un-affordable housing for average earners and no guaranteed…

St Bernards Reopened

On October 31st 2019 Mary was delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Dublin City to reopen St Bernards Youth Club on Fassaugh Avenue. St Bernards was first opened in 1969 and for many decades local volunteers ran a vibrant and fun Youth Club on the premises. The Youth Club ceased to operate in the…

Dublin City JPC

Mary has been appointed by Dublin City Council to Chair the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee. Mary is a founding director of a community policing forum and former chair 2009-2014 of the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee. Mary represented Dublin City at the Policing Authorities annual meeting of the Chairs and CEOs of Local Authorities….

O’Devaney, An Alternative

Affordable housing will never be delivered in Dublin City unless there is a change in Government policy and the State invests in its provision.  O’Devaney Gardens is a 14 acre prime state-owned site in the heart of our capital city with enormous potential to deliver social and affordable homes. De-tenanting of the former local authority…