Extend Covid Mortgage Breaks

In Seanad Eireann today I asked for the Minister for Finance to updates us on what progress he has made getting the Irish “pillar banks” to extend the Covid19 Mortgage Break beyond the deadline of Sept 30th 2020.  When the banks caused the global financial crisis of 2007/09 Irish taxpayers bailed them out.  Now in…

€23m Regeneration of Mary’s Mansions

Mary welcomes the €23m redevelopment of St Mary’s Mansions which provides 80 high quality homes for inner city residents.  Mary says: “It’s so encouraging to see 25 original residents moving back into St Mary’s Mansions today. The scheme will be a model for future regeneration projects, which we hope will be built quickly and to…

€40 million Stimulus Funds for 2,500 Local Authorities Vacant Homes

In July our Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD announced over €40 million for the refurbishment of vacant local authority homes, the largest single amount ever announced under this programme. In the county of Dublin €11.5 million of this fund will enable just over 800 social housing units, to be refurbished and re-let to individuals…

Housing Adaptation Grant

Mary welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Housing increasing the funding for the Housing Adaptation Grant earlier this month. The funding will help older people, and people with disabilities living in private houses. The increased funding continues to support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues. It…

Renters Protection

On July 31st Mary supported the passing of the Residential Tenancies Bill, which protects Renters. It includes the following supports: -Protection for Renters whose income has been reduced due to Covid-19. -A ban on evictions and rent increases for Renters. -Provisions of essential state support for Renters. Anyone who’s income has been negatively impacted by…

Homeless Crisis

Mary drew the Seanad’s attention to the death of five homeless persons in one week.  Mary called for the Minister for Housing to examine the issue of homeless deaths, supports and provision of homeless services in Dublin City and to update the Seanad on Governments plan to provide permanent homes for all homeless persons.  Mary…

Botanic SHD

A new SHD application has been made for 249 apartments in five blocks in heights of 5-7 storeys on the old Smurfit site on Botanic Road.  You can view the application HERE.  The proposed development includes a café, creche, medical centre, swimming pool, cinema, gym and flexi space and a mix of one, two and…

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…

Clonliffe lands

Hines have announced intention to develop a 1,600 residential rental and community facilities at the Clonliffe College site in Drumcondra. The plans include development of the following: large creche two GAA full size pitches & clubhouse public open space A Hines video describing the plans can be viewed HERE and a document HERE. The plans…