Affordability of 3rd Level Education

Mary raised affordability of third level education in the Seanad echoing the sentiments of the Union of Students of Ireland that €50, 000 for a 4 year degree is still too much and calling out the need for Government to remove the financial barriers for students. She highlighted the specific requests from the Union of…

Tax Relief for Apartment Owners

Mary has called on the Minister for Finance to  make a provision in Budget 2022 for owner occupiers and social landlords to claim income tax relief to fix fire defects in their apartments.  Owner occupiers are living in what can only be described as ticking time bombs. They are living in homes with totally inadequate…

Moore Street

Mary has asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the restoration of the National Monument Museum on Moore Street, Dublin 1, and the regeneration of trading on that street. Mary has campaigned with and on behalf of Moore Street Traders and relatives of 1916 for the restoration of…

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….