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:

8 & 10 Ferguson Road, Drumcondra

Mary has received the following update from Dublin City Council about 8 & 10 Ferguson Road: The current structures will need to be demolished and the structures of the adjoining houses checked also. Once a design team and contractor are appointed the Council are hopeful construction of two new social houses will commence Spring 2022.

Strategic Housing Developments- Update

Strategic Housing Development Planning law will end this year.  Fulfilling a promise in the programme for Government to end the Strategic Housing Development planning law, Minister for Housing and Planning Darragh O’Brien TD, has announced the following arrangements for ending the SHD process: Deadline to request a SHD pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanala is…

Report on Homelessness

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage, this morning briefed media and stakeholders on their Interim Report on Homelessness. Read the report at http://bit.ly/3wAbX2D

Affordable Housing Bill Passed

Mary welcomed the most comprehensive Affordable Housing Bill in the history of the State passed by Oireachtas this week, highlights of the Bill include: Affordable Homes to purchase and rent Local Authority & AHB Affordable Homes Affordable Cost Rental 20% interest free Home Loan for 5 years To read the Affordable Housing Bill click here


Biggest Housing Budget in history of the State Legislate to use PUBLIC LAND for PUBLIC HOUSING Introduce AFFORDABLE COST RENTAL HOUSING Legislate for Local Authority AFFORDABLE HOUSING DOUBLE Social and Affordable Housing on every PRIVATE site PROTECT 50% of all new developments for OWNER OCCUPIERS 20% INTEREST FREE Home loan for 5 years Enhanced HELP…

Changes for Renters

Government have approved plans for the reform and extension of the Rent Pressure Zone Model. What this means is that rent increases will be capped to Consumer Price Index in Rent Pressure Zones. The current cap of 4% on annual rent increases will be replaced and rents in RPZs can now only go up, if…

Strategic Housing Process

Mary has called on the Minister to write to An Bord Pleanala to ask them to stop pre planning negotiations on strategic housing developments and to stop applications. The SHD process has not delivered what it should to Housing supply, and is undemocratic. Watch Mary speak here 👇

Planning & Development Bill

Mary’s amendment to the Planning & Development Bill 2021 was accepted by the Minister this week in the Seanad. This amendment will give more power to Local Authority members to extend development plans and give them more time if they need it. Watch Mary speak here 👇