Clonturk Community College

Following a recent meeting with representatives of the school community, public representatives and Minister Norma Foley, Mary has received the following positive update from the Department of Education: The Department of Education is committed to the delivery of a new school building for Clonturk Community College.  This project will provide accommodation for 1,000 pupils as…

Road Closures Phoenix Park

Mary has been informed by the OPW that the North Road in the Phoenix Park will close from 10.00am on Wednesday 23rd February until 10.00am on Monday 28th February. It will re-open from 10.00am on Monday 28th February as a one-way system, in the City direction only, for the duration of this 9-month pilot study….

Improved Grant & Loans for Warmer Homes

Mary welcomes the approved package of supports to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, for warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, with lower energy bills. The measures address barriers to undertaking energy upgrades (retrofits) reported by homeowners and those working in the industry. They also reflect the step-change needed – in pace and…

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…

Leaving Cert 2022

Mary supports the call from the Irish Secondary Students Union for a hybrid leaving cert in 2022. This year’s Leaving cert class have had a very disruptive 22 months and deserve clarity on arrangements for this year’s exams. Watch Mary speak here 👇

Gaelscoil Áine

Further to Mary’s recent visit to Gaelscoil Áine she asked the Minister for Education, Norma Foley to make a statement on the proposed location for the school for September 2022. You can watch back Mary’s contribution below, and read the response from the Minister here The school is 3 years old and still expanding. Mary…

Violence Against Women

Mary offered her commiserations to family, friends, pupils, colleagues of Ashling Murphy, when she spoke in the Seanad this week: The sadness and anger are impossible to adequately express. While the whole country and beyond is convulsed and repulsed by Ashling’ s murder, it is important that we recognise that Since 1996, 236 women have…