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…

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…

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…

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…