Government Announces €16m Package for Pubs

Mary welcomes the announcement from Goverment of support package for pubs, bars & nightclubs on August 28th last. With the announcement from Government today, September 8th that wet pubs will be re-opening September 21st this will be much needed funding for the sector. The package includes new measures including: Restart Grant Plus 40% Top Up…

O’Connell Street- Regeneration

Mary welcomes the appointment by Hammersons of a design team for Dublin Central.  The Dublin Central scheme is one of the city’s largest regeneration projects to date, set on a 6-acre site bordered by O’Connell Street, Parnell Street, Moore Street and Henry Street.   Mary says “I very much welcome the appointment of a design team…

Women 4 IT- Training

Before politics Mary had a great career in Tech and would highly recommend it as sector to any woman.  If you are a young woman in Dublin, aged between 18 and 29 years and interested in free professional digital skills training check out https://www.ics.ie/ FREE training available to prepare 120 women for careers in the…

Jobs stimulus

Mary welcomes the Government’s Jobs Stimulus , the single largest state investment in Irish workers and economy in the history of our state.  The €7.4billion is designed to get Ireland’s businesses back on their feet and get as many people as possible back to work quickly. It is the next stage in Ireland’s response to…

Credit Guarantee 2020

Mary supported Government’s Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 that will make money available to small and medium size enterprises negatively affected by the pandemic.   Small and medium enterprises which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic urgently need cash to continue trading, continue employing and continue serving our communities. This is the largest state backed…

Justice for Debenhams Workers

In Seanad Éireann Mary called for justice and fair treatment for Debenhams workers who have been treated appallingly by their former employer. The “great British retailer” Debenhams opened their first shop in 1996 in the Jervis Centre.  Their business grew and they expanded to the old Roches Store shop on Henry Street and an additional…

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…

Covid-19 Financial Support

Mary supported the Covid 19 Finance Bill which will allow our government participate in €100b European Union solidarity fund dedicated to providing member states with financial assistance to respond to the exceptional financial circumstances caused by Covid19.  Mary specifically called on Government to fund and support young people to secure employment, avoid unemployment and particularly…

Extend maternity leave

Mary supports the women, who became new mothers during Covid19, campaign for a temporary three month extension Maternity Leave 2020. As a working mother Mary understands the demands placed on women in the workplace and at home. Covid19 has been hard on everyone but new mothers experienced a unique isolation and Mary believes every Mother…

Re-start Business Grant

To financially help Dublin’s small and medium sized businesses prepare to re-open and trade again Dublin City Council will administer the Government approved ReStart Business Grant.  The grant will provide direct financial aid of between €2,000 to €10,000 to small businesses with a turnover of under €5m with less than 50 employees who have suffered…