Childcare Provision

At a recent debate on Childcare in the Seanad Mary highlighted the main prohibitive elements around childcare services currently; access, affordability and value, and sustainability. Being able to access childcare is very difficult. Every childcare service provider in Dublin Central has a waiting list. Every parent with a child who is considering going back to…

Passports

Mary has recieved the following up from the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding Passport turnaround times. It is essential to check your passport in advance of booking trips abroad, and to ensure that everyone travelling with you has a valid passport. The quickest way to receive a passport is to apply online, it is consistently…

Moore Street

On May 17th 2022 Mary asked the Minister for Heritage again to update the Seanad on a commencement date for the Commemorative Centre on Moore Street. You can read transcript of the proceedings here Watch some of Mary’s contribution here

Scoil Chaitríona

Mary welcomed the news from Minister Norma Foley of the approval of a new school building for Scoil Chaitríona in Glasnevin. The school building be 500 pupil Post Primary School.

Women’s Health Conference

Mary was delighted to attend the recent conference on Women’s Health. There was some great panels discussing how Fianna Fáil can help progress policy to improve women’s health care & outcomes. The conference followed the publishing of the Women’s Health Action Plan 2022 – 2023 by Minister Stephen Donnelly in March.

Corpus Christi Church

Mary has been updated by Dublin City Council that further to her nomination form, that Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Glasnevin, has been added to the Conservation Section’s list of nominations to the Record of Protected Structures (RPS).  The current priority for the Section in relation to the RPS is the processing of more than 150…

Scoil Áine

Mary was delighted to be informed by the Minster for Education that Gaelscoil Áine, will be provided with a new eight- mainstream classroom school building plus two classrooms for pupils with special educational needs on the CDETB (City of Dublin) Whitehall site. This is welcome news for the whole school community. For more information click…

Right to Housing

In June 2021 Mary received almost unanimous support in Seanad Eireann for her proposing a constitutional referendum on the right to housing.  Following on from the debate Government established a Commission on Housing tasked with examining the issue. The Referendum Subcommittee has been tasked with examining the complex constitutional issues around housing rights and to propose…

Sports Capital Grants

Over €1 million euro for Dublin Central Sports clubs and organisations was approved by Government. Included in the recipient list were: Arbour Hill Boxing Club, Aughrim Street 9/10th Scout Group, Belvedere YouthClub, Brú Youth Service CLG, Charleville Lawn Tennis Club, Drumcondra Football Club, Glasnevin Lawn Tennis Club, Home Farm FC, Naomh Fionnbarra, Phoenix Cricket Club,…

Stalking Bill

The Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person (Amendment) (Stalking) Bill 2021 has passed all stages in the Seanad. Mary is proud to be a co-sponsor of this will which seeks to make stalking a criminal offence. The bill provides for a specific offence of stalking, which is characterised by repeated, unwanted behaviour that occurs as a…