Planning Information

Mary recently attended an information seminar with the Office of the Planning Regulator, where they announced the publication of planning information leaflets. These leaflets provide information on all aspects of the planning system and are available free of charge. Click here for more information.

Affordable Housing Bill

Mary supports Governments Affordable Housing legislation, published by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD, which will deliver affordable homes to both purchase and rent.  The legislation aims to support people who earn too much to qualify for social housing but insufficient to secure a mortgage to buy or rent an affordable home. For the first…

Legislative Programme 2021

The Government has published its proposed legislative programme for the Oireachtas Spring session. As Fianna Fáils spokesperson for HLGH Mary will take the lead in the Seanad on Affordable Housing Bill, Land Development Agency Bill, Planning and Development and Nature Conservation (Heritage) Functions Bill, Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill. Full schedule is attached, please click here….

Phibsborough Shopping Centre SHD

A revised Strategic Housing Development application has been lodged for Phibsborough Shopping Centre. The site is bounded by North Circular Road to the South, Connaught St to the North, Dalymount Park to the West and Phibsborough Road to the East. The revised application seeks permission for 321 bed shared accommodation instead of 341 bed student…

Hendron’s SHD

A Strategic Housing Development application for planning permission on the Hendron site at the corner of Western Way and Dominick Street has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala.  The proposal is for a 280 bedroom short-term, co-living scheme including, meeting rooms, recreation and outdoor amenity.  There is no social housing element to this development. The…

Affordable Housing & Cost Rental

Mary welcomes the announcement of new Government funded Affordable Housing schemes to provide affordable homes to both purchase and rent from Minister Darragh O’Brien TD. Legislation for Affordable Housing to purchase will be introduced in 2021 which will see the State take up to 30% equity in a home with a first time buyer.  This…

#DontForgetMe Campaign

Mary supported Inner City Helping Homeless #DontForgetMe campaign outside Leinster House on December 2nd, calling for an investigation into the increase in homeless deaths this year in Dublin. Mary has written to Minister O’Brien asking that the Homeless Task force set up by the Department, examine the cause for the increase in in homeless deaths….

Housing Defects

Mary called for urgent establishment of working group to review with specific focus on legacy defects and report on implementation of the safe as houses report before July 2021.  Housing defects is an extremely serious issues affecting 10s of 1000s of homeowners.  They undermine individuals’ homes, their sense of security and wellbeing.  On a more…

Planning & Development Bill 2020

On Wednesday November 26th, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien TD introduced the Planning and Development Bill 2020 into the Seanad. The legislation updates Planning and development Act of 2000 to allow : Local Authorities to hold virtual meetings to conduct public consultations when making City and County development plans Planning and…

Strategic Housing Development’s

Strategic Housing Development legislation has failed to deliver homes in compact sustainable urban communities like Dublin Central and I support Governments decision to retire the legislation in 2021.   SHDs is a massive missed opportunity by the state.  Speeded up planning decisions but at a cost of quality housing developments. Government should retire SHD legislation at…