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…

The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Bill

The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Bill will be one of the most important pieces of legislation to be enacted by parliament.  One of the key measures of its success will be how effectively it tackles on-line harm.  It’s essential we get the legislation right so that it robustly deals with on-line harm. The…

Illegal Dumping

Mary launched the proposed Fianna Fáil Bill to allow Local Authorities use CCTV to stop environmental crime, such as illegal dumping. The Bill will give powers to Local Authorities to use CCTV, Drone and Automated Number Plate Recognition technology. Last year Local Authorities spent in total up to €100 million a year dealing with illegal…

Violence Against Women

Mary offered her commiserations to family, friends, pupils, colleagues of Ashling Murphy, when she spoke in the Seanad this week: The sadness and anger are impossible to adequately express. While the whole country and beyond is convulsed and repulsed by Ashling’ s murder, it is important that we recognise that Since 1996, 236 women have…

Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station

Mary was delighted to drop into the newly refurbished Fitzgibbon street Garda Station. The station has been missed by the community over the years while it was being refurbished. The focus will be on Community engagement and policing for the team working out of Fitzgibbon Street, and the public office is open 8am to 9pm…

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable in our Community, or any civilised Community. In the Seanad Mary raised the issue anti-social behaviour in Dublin Central. Mary called for adequately resourced Community Gardaí, for social media platforms to take responsibility for content shared on their sites and for the Seanad to debate the issue. As a founding member…

Stalking Bill

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 result of fixation or obsession and causes alarm, distress or harm to the victim and recommends a…

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…

Domestic Violence- National Strategy

Mary & her Seanad colleagues raised awareness of the launch of the Public Consultation on the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual & Gender Based Violence (DSGBV). The Department of Justice is fully committed to combating this type of violence and to ensuring that anyone who is a victim of this type of abuse is…

Dublin Joint Policing Committee

Mary welcomes plans for Public Order Policing and increasing public safety in Dublin City outlined by the Assistant Chief Commissioner for An Gardaí at the recent Dublin City Joint Policing Committee. The Asst. Commissioner outlined their high visibility strategies to deter crime around the city. Burglaries are down 53% versus the same time last year….