Double Welfare Payment

Over the course of this week, a Double Lump Sum Payment will be issued to the likes of our pensioners, carers, people with disabilities, lone parents and low income families. This will support 1.3 million people with the Cost of Living. The double payment will be paid on the same basis as the Christmas Bonus and…

€30 Million Support Package for Postmasters

Mary was delighted to be informed of the three year support package for Postmasters. Our post offices and the people who run them are such an important part of our community and the commitment shown by our Postmasters, particularly in recent years during Covid-19 has been invaluable to communities all over Ireland. An Post will…

Economic Supports

Mary welcomes the package of measures to further support businesses who have been impacted by the additional public health restrictions which came into place on Monday. Below is a summary of these supports for more details click here. ·       The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) is being amended further so that firms who previously availed of…

Construction Skills Course

Mary was delighted to be asked to present certificates to graduates of the Dublin City Construction Skills Course.

Competitive Start Fund

Early-stage entrepreneurs are invited to apply for two Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Funds (CSFs) which are now open for applications. The two funds for ‘All Sectors’ and ‘Women Entrepreneurs’ amount to a combined total of €2m. Enterprise Ireland can approve a maximum of 40 investments of up to €50k in equity funding to successful projects….

Taxi Supports

Mary welcomed the announcement from Government of the range of measures which can be accessed by self-employed taxi drivers, however she had renewed her request to the Minister of Transport to extend vehicle life until at least 2025, and also to extend the grant for electric vehicles to hybrid vehicles also.

Economic Recovery Plan

In preparation for post Covid recovery the Government will invest 4.5 billion into employment, environmental and post-Covid recovery plan. This will help the full resumption of economic activity and get people back to work. A jobs led recovery will stimulate the economy to a decarbonised, more digital & secure future. For full details click here

Hammerson’s “Dublin Central”

A planning application has been lodged by Hammersons for “Dublin Central”: The “Dublin Central” plan proposes to include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes and the restoration of historically important laneways. The plan also includes provision for a National Monument at numbers 14 to 17 on Moore Street,due to its role in the Easter…

Taxi Demonstration

Mary joined the Taxi Drivers at their demonstration in Merrion Street to show her support for their demand for a sustainable future. Taxis are essential public transport, enhanced sector specific Covid supports urgently required to support taxi industry. Mary previously raised this issue as a commencement matter in the Seanad, and also secured commitment from…

Taxi’s meet with Taoiseach

Taxi drivers were given commitment from the Taoiseach that he will consider specific supports for Taxi sector at a recent meeting with representatives from the sector, the Taoiseach & Mary. For full list of current business supports click here.