Following on from the 6 week non-statutory public consultation the report was launched this week with the following recommendations: All gates will remain open and fully accessible as per normal operations with the exception of Cabra Gate, which, as part of the pilot bus service initiative, will be accessible by bus only during the pilot…

Dart+West

Mary recently was invited to a presentation from Irish Rail on the Dart+ West project. Irish Rail are hosting a series of Webinars via Zoom as part of their public consultation process. Each webinar will present the preferred option and members of the project team will be happy to answer as many questions as possible…

Pledge to End Direct Provision

The Government gave commitment earlier this year to ending direct provision, with the aim to create an alternative which will protect peoples human rights. To help ensure these commitments are realised Mary signed Amnesty International Ireland’s Pledge to End Direct Provision. The Pledge states: By signing up to this pledge, I commit to do all…

Marine Protection- Have Your Say

Government are looking for people to give their views on the process of expanding Ireland’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) before the Government’s public consultation ends on Friday, July 30th. The Government aims to expand Ireland’s MPA network from 2.13% to 30% of Ireland’s maritime area by 2030. Expanding Ireland’s MPA network will constitute…

Holy Cross College SHD

An application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála on Friday, 16th July 2021 for 1614 “Build to Rent” apartments on the Holy Cross College site. The development proposed will consist of 12 blocks, ranging in height from 2 to 18 storeys, with 1 retail unit, 1 café, and a crèche. A total of 508 car…

NEAR FM- Interview

On July 19th Mary spoke about the progress being made by Government to address the Housing crisis, and about the work she is doing in the Seanad. Listen back here: FacebookTwitter

Hydrogen Fuel Buses

Mary was invited to take a short trip on the first Hydrogen fueled bus launched by the NTA. The three hydrogen fuel cell buses enter public service on Monday July 19th. Bus Éireann published its first sustainability strategy in May, their target is to halve GHG emissions while increasing passenger numbers by 30% by 2030. …

Stalking Bill

Mary was delighted to support her colleague Lisa Chambers by co-sponsoring her Bill which if passed will provide for the specific crime of stalking, which is characterised by repeated, unwanted behaviour that occurs as a result of fixation or obsession and causes alarm, distress or harm to the victim. To read more about the Bill…

8 & 10 Ferguson Road, Drumcondra

Mary has received the following update from Dublin City Council about 8 & 10 Ferguson Road: The current structures will need to be demolished and the structures of the adjoining houses checked also. Once a design team and contractor are appointed the Council are hopeful construction of two new social houses will commence Spring 2022….

Strategic Housing Developments- Update

Strategic Housing Development Planning law will end this year.  Fulfilling a promise in the programme for Government to end the Strategic Housing Development planning law, Minister for Housing and Planning Darragh O’Brien TD, has announced the following arrangements for ending the SHD process: Deadline to request a SHD pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanala is…