Special Classes Update

As schools reopen, 2,118 special classes will open their doors. This is an increase of 269 classes from the previous school year and will ensure that approximately 12,700 special class places will be available this year, including 1,600 new special class places. Since 2011, the number of special classes has increased by 386%. For a…

Rutland Street School

Mary received positive news of an increase in funding to €16m for the Rutland Street School Renovation Project under the URDF program. The complete refurbishment of the Rutland Street School is deemed a priority initiative to transform the North East Inner City area and the Government is fully committed to delivery of this flagship project….

Passport Applications

Mary received a recent update from the Minister for Foreign Affairs regarding passport applications. The processing times for valid online applications are as follows: 10 working days for simple adult renewals; 15 working days for complex renewals, including children, and 40 working days for all First Time Applications.   First time applications for adults and…

Dart+West

Mary has recently recieved an update from Irish Rail informing her that in response to a number of requests DART+ West have extended the closing date for receipt of submissions & observations on the preferred option for DART+ West until Wednesday, 29th September 2021. (An extension of three weeks) For details of the project click…

€30M Healthcare Investment for Dublin Central

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has informed Mary that he has approved more than €30 million additional capital allocation in 2021 for Health facilities in Dublin Central including for the Rotunda, Mater, Temple Street, Grangegorman, St Mary’s and Adelphi House.  All funds will be used to upgrade health facilities to improve medical outcomes and…

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…

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: