Newsletter & Calendar 2022

Mary has been delivering her latest update on her work in Seanad Eireann over the last few weeks. If you missed it you can click here Mary has also been delivering her 2022 calendars, if you have not received one but would like to please contact mary.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie with your postal address and one will be…

Maritime Area Planning

This game changing legislation will create a planning system for Ireland’s maritime area. This will allow for the sustainable development of off-shore wind energy and position Ireland to continue be a leader in renewable wind energy. To watch Mary’s contribution during the recent Seanad debate on this legislation click here To read the Bill click…

Rents capped at 2%

Legislation passed to cap rents at the lower of 2% or inflation and to introduce tenancies of indefinite duration.  These changes are additional to changes already made which cap deposits at maximum one month’s rent.  The objective of these law changes is to make renting more sustainable and secure. Anyone having problem with their rent…

Large Scale Residential Tenancies Bill

The Large Scale Residential Tenancies Bill has pass through Second Stage of the Seanad and gone back to the Dáil for Committee stage of the process. The LSRD legislation will introduce a two stage, a maximum 32-week time limited planning process. One of the main aspects of this Bill which will end the SHD process, is the…

Constitution Hill Flats

The Department of Housing has approved funding for regeneration of Constitution Hill flats which will see: ✅New energy efficient own door homes ✅Two extra blocks ✅Childcare facility ✅Open green space & playground Design Team to present proposals to residents early 2022 Dublin City Council to apply for planning permission Summer 2022 Commencement of works Summer…

Social Housing- Dorset Street

The new development will replace the existing housing estate with the construction of 163 quality homes. Mary recently attended a special briefing for public representatives outlining the plans for the 163 A rated social homes. The development will also consist of green spaces and a community creche. This development will provide quality inner city social…

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…