Renter’s Protection-Update

On October 22nd 2020, Residential Tenancies Act was passed in Seanad: This emergency legislation provides ongoing protection to renters from eviction, and landlords from anti-social tenants during 5km lock downs. The Bill modifies the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to prevent any notices of termination served by landlords from taking effect during the period of level…

Keep Well Campaign

The Keep Well campaign was launched on October 29th by An Taoiseach at Government Buildings and is focussed on five main themes: Keeping active – keeping active and being outdoors, even during the winter, is important to help physical and mental health and wellbeing. Staying connected – staying connected with people, addressing isolation, supporting volunteerism…

Dublin Bus- Increased Capacity

Mary has called for Dublin Bus to increase capacity on their bus routes to meet the needs of essential workers who are still travelling to work.  Level 5 restrictions came into effect last week, limiting capacity on public transport to 25% of its normal load.   The level five restrictions introduced are different than earlier this year,…

Mary welcomes the announcement that the Covid19 mortgage payment break already in place for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended for a further three months and remain open for new applications from people suffering loss of income due to Covid19 until the end of the year. Local authority home loan borrowers could already…

Extend Covid Mortgage Breaks

In Seanad Eireann today I asked for the Minister for Finance to updates us on what progress he has made getting the Irish “pillar banks” to extend the Covid19 Mortgage Break beyond the deadline of Sept 30th 2020.  When the banks caused the global financial crisis of 2007/09 Irish taxpayers bailed them out.  Now in…

Government Announces €16m Package for Pubs

Mary welcomes the announcement from Goverment of support package for pubs, bars & nightclubs on August 28th last. With the announcement from Government today, September 8th that wet pubs will be re-opening September 21st this will be much needed funding for the sector. The package includes new measures including: Restart Grant Plus 40% Top Up…

Covid-19 Community Testing

All our individual efforts: keeping our distance, washing out hands, acting like we have the virus and don’t want to spread the virus have succeeded at suppressing the virus.  The HSE continue to operate free Covid19 Medical Consultation, testing and treatment for anyone who is infected or potentially infected.  HERE is the latest update from…

Criminal Justice Covid19 Bill 2020

Mary supports the introduction of the Criminal Justice Covid19 Bill 2020 which aims to enforce Covid19 regulations for bars, restaurants and clubs as follows; Makes non-compliance with Covid19 Regulations a criminal offence for anyone operating a bar, restaurant or club Gives Gardaí powers to immediately close premises which are non-complaint with Covid19 regulations for periods…

Renters Protection

On July 31st Mary supported the passing of the Residential Tenancies Bill, which protects Renters. It includes the following supports: -Protection for Renters whose income has been reduced due to Covid-19. -A ban on evictions and rent increases for Renters. -Provisions of essential state support for Renters. Anyone who’s income has been negatively impacted by…

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…