Weekly Update 30/11/2021

I am regaining my energies and recovering after Covid. I would encourage everyone to take the Booster when offered, reduce contacts & use anti-gen tests if asymptomatic and socialising. In the Seanad I asked the Minister for Third Level Education for an update on what action he is taking to make third level education more…

Affordability of 3rd Level Education

Mary raised affordability of third level education in the Seanad echoing the sentiments of the Union of Students of Ireland that €50, 000 for a 4 year degree is still too much and calling out the need for Government to remove the financial barriers for students. She highlighted the specific requests from the Union of…

Connecting Cabra

Connecting-Cabra is a voluntary organisation who are seeking to engage as many people as possible to create a sustainable, low-carbon community in Cabra. They are scheduled to present to the Dublin City Council Central Area Committee on December 14th about safe cycling and walking routes in Cabra and in preparation they are carrying out consultation…

Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire

Mary has continued to renew representations to both the Department of Education and Minister for Education Norma Foley regarding the new school building project for Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire. Further to her most recent representations she received a positive update on the new school building project which indicates that stage 2b approval should be completed by…

Surrogacy

The campaign Irish Families Through Surrogacy want their children to be afforded the same provisions as every child in Ireland and have a legal relationship with both their parents. What they are asking for is to create an ethical framework so that everyone is protected. England legislated in 1985 for surrogacy and previous governments in…

Together for Safety

Everyone deserves privacy when receiving medical treatment.  As a member of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Reproductive Rights, Mary supports the national campaign for safe access zones at all medical health facilities providing information on and access to abortion services.  For more information on abortion services in Ireland click here My Options is a…

Tax Relief for Apartment Owners

Mary has called on the Minister for Finance to  make a provision in Budget 2022 for owner occupiers and social landlords to claim income tax relief to fix fire defects in their apartments.  Owner occupiers are living in what can only be described as ticking time bombs. They are living in homes with totally inadequate…

Moore Street

Mary has asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the restoration of the National Monument Museum on Moore Street, Dublin 1, and the regeneration of trading on that street. Mary has campaigned with and on behalf of Moore Street Traders and relatives of 1916 for the restoration of…

Supporting Students

Mary recently met with the Union of Students of Ireland to discuss the supports announced in the recent Budget 2022, and how Housing for All gives Technological Universities the power to build not for profit student accommodation and the rent controls introduced by the Government to help students. The increase in the SUSI grant and…