Supporting Students

Mary recently met with the Union of Students of Ireland to discuss the supports announced in the recent Budget 2022, and how Housing for All gives Technological Universities the power to build not for profit student accommodation and the rent controls introduced by the Government to help students. The increase in the SUSI grant and…

Housing & Urban Regeneration

Mary joined the Minister for Housing reviewing progress on social housing projects in Dublin Central and Urban Regeneration in the North Inner City. The Minister disappointed not to see greater urgency in progressing in the Fruit &Vegetable Market, Moore St, the City Library on Parnell Square, and the regeneration of Matt Talbot and Constitution Hill…

The Cobblestone

A planning application has been lodged for a 114 bedroom hotel at the Cobblestone pub on North King Street which allows for retention of the pub. It is hard to see the need for another hotel in Dublin City and essential that this rich cultural venue in protected. To view the planning application click here…

Matt’s of Cabra

The first stage in a Strategic Housing Development application for 137 Build to Rent apartments on the old Matts of Cabra site was made to An Bord Pleanála on 11th August 2021. This is good news that the Developer is in talks with Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanala about progressing the building of…

Large Scale Residential Development Bill

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Mary is undertaking pre-legislative scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large Scale Residential Development) Bill. The LSRD legislation will introduce a two stage, a maximum 32-week time limited planning process. One of the main aspects of…

Housing for All

The Government has published their ambitious and radical plan to ensure all our Citizens have a secure and affordable home.  Housing For All gives Local Authorities powers to increase supply of social and affordable housing, to use state owned lands to deliver housing, to reverse vacancy and dereliction, to eradicate homelessness and to support local…

Rutland Street School

Mary received positive news of an increase in funding to €16m for the Rutland Street School Renovation Project under the URDF program. The complete refurbishment of the Rutland Street School is deemed a priority initiative to transform the North East Inner City area and the Government is fully committed to delivery of this flagship project….

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.