Improved Grant & Loans for Warmer Homes

Mary welcomes the approved package of supports to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, for warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, with lower energy bills. The measures address barriers to undertaking energy upgrades (retrofits) reported by homeowners and those working in the industry. They also reflect the step-change needed – in pace and…

Newsletter & Calendar 2022

Mary has been delivering her latest update on her work in Seanad Eireann over the last few weeks. If you missed it you can click here Mary has also been delivering her 2022 calendars, if you have not received one but would like to please contact mary.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie with your postal address and one will be…

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…

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…

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. …

Climate Action Bill 2021

After years of campaigning for Climate Action Mary welcomes the publication of the historic Climate Action & Low Carbon Development Bill 2021. The Bill introduces legally binding environmental targets to reduce carbon emissions by 51% by 2030, protect our Bio-Diversity, transition to a low carbon economy and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Bill…

Wind Energy

Mary was pleased to receive a briefing from Irish Wind Energy Association and congratulates the more than 4,000 workers who have made Ireland #1 for on shore wind energy generation in the world.  Ireland generated 30% of its electricity from on-shore wind farms in 2018.  This wind energy allowed Ireland avoid €432m in foreign fossil…

Climate Action

Mary welcomes the judgement of the Supreme Court that the National Mitigation Plan fails to comply with the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 because it does not set out how the decarbonising Irish Society will be achieved.   Mary congratulates Friends of the Irish Environment for taking this important case which Mary was…

Climate action

Senator Mary Fitzpatrick has long been advocate for government action to mitigate against global warming and was proud to lead Fianna Fáil’s support in the Seanad for important legislation to address the Climate Change. The bill (offically, the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill 2020) will put the Climate…

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…