The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Bill

The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Bill will be one of the most important pieces of legislation to be enacted by parliament.  One of the key measures of its success will be how effectively it tackles on-line harm.  It’s essential we get the legislation right so that it robustly deals with on-line harm. The…

Apartment Defects

The Government are urging people to share their experiences of housing defects relating to fire safety, structural safety and water ingress in purpose-built apartment and duplex buildings constructed in Ireland between 1991 and 2013. These experiences are sought by the Independent Working Group to Examine Defects in Housing which was established by Minister O’Brien in…

€15.5 Million in Dublin Schools Funding

School communities have done an exceptional job in adapting to the changes required to operate safely in a Covid-19 environment. A key priority is to continue to support and sustain the operation of schools in this context. A total of 84 Dublin primary and post primary schools will benefit from this multi-annual funding which will…

Illegal Dumping

Mary launched the proposed Fianna Fáil Bill to allow Local Authorities use CCTV to stop environmental crime, such as illegal dumping. The Bill will give powers to Local Authorities to use CCTV, Drone and Automated Number Plate Recognition technology. Last year Local Authorities spent in total up to €100 million a year dealing with illegal…

New National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027

Mary welcomes the launch of the new national strategy on housing for Disabled People. Strategy clearly sets out Government’s vision for the delivery of housing and related support services for disabled people over the next five years. New strategy places a greater emphasis on facilitating independent living and being included in the community. A key…

Derelict Housing

As a City Councillor Mary fought to have derelict buildings revamped as much needed homes for people. In December Mary had the opportunity to question Dublin City Council on their efforts to identify derelict housing and to bring it back to housing supply. Mary stated during the proceedings that the housing crisis requires both national…

Undocumented Migrants

Mary welcomes the announcement from Government confirming opening date of 31st of January for applications for this scheme and the criteria for eligibility. Scheme will open for online applications on 31 January for those who don’t have a current permission to reside in Ireland Applications will be accepted for six months until 31 July 2022…

Building Services Regulation

Legislation requiring providers of building services to register with Construction Industry Register Ireland published Legislation delivers on Housing for All commitment to embed compliance in the construction sector The legislation will put the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) on a statutory footing. The Bill aims to benefit consumers and the general public by giving those…

Housing Commission

Mary welcomes the news that the Housing Commission has held its first meeting. -Key Housing for All action establishes Commission to examine long-term housing policy issues -Commission to look at important issues like housing tenure, cost, quality and supply, the cost of private rental accommodation and social housing -Wording of Referendum on Housing to be…

Birth Information & Tracing Bill

Mary welcomes the publishing of the birth information & tracing bill. This legislation has been long awaited by many.  It follows years of repeated attempts over decades to legislate for information rights for adopted persons, all of which, ultimately, did not succeed. The urgent need for this legislation has been recognised by all political parties,…