Rural Development Plan 2021-2025

Mary welcomes the publication of “Our Rural Future” by the Government- Our Rural Future represents the Irish Government’s blueprint for a post-COVID-19 recovery and development of rural Ireland over the next five years. It provides the framework to achieve the vision of transforming the quality of life and opportunity for people living in rural areas….

Maternity Leave for Councillors

Mary is delighted to support the first meeting of an all-female working group set up to examine the provision of maternity leave for county and city councillors. The six-person group is made up solely of female councillors, one each from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Fein, the Green Party and Labour, as well as an…

Griffith Avenue Trees

Mary has received an update from the City Parks Department regarding the trees on Griffith Avenue: A survey of the trees has commenced in the middle of March which will take 2-3 weeks to complete. The survey has identified some of the trees require essential pruning works, which has commenced. There has also been a…

Park Shopping Centre SHD

An application has been lodged to An Bord Pleanala for a Strategic Housing Development at Park Shopping Centre on Prussia Street. The development proposes the building of a new mixed use District Centre, Student Residential Housing and Build-to-Rent Housing development in 2 buildings, separated by a new pedestrian and bicycle street connecting Prussia Street with…

Leaving Cert Update

Mary welcomes the update on Leaving Certificate exam papers recently published with details of changes to the papers.  These changes are intended to relieve the pressure on students given the disruption they have faced with school closures and missed class time.  While the duration of each exam remains unchanged, there will be a greater choice…

Climate Action Bill 2021

After years of campaigning for Climate Action Mary welcomes the publication of the historic Climate Action & Low Carbon Development Bill 2021. The Bill introduces legally binding environmental targets to reduce carbon emissions by 51% by 2030, protect our Bio-Diversity, transition to a low carbon economy and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Bill…

Family Leave Bill 2021

Mary supports Governments Family Leave Bill 2021 that will increase both parents leave from two to five weeks, give adoptive leave to same sex married male parents and strengthen Tusla by increasing their Board membership. Having a child is the most life changing thing any person can do.  As a mother and republican Mary believes…

Martin Savage Park

Cllr Eimer McCormack on behalf of Constituents requested Dublin City Council to update the Central Area Committee on proposals for Martin Savage Park at the March 2021 meeting. Dublin City Council Head of Parks gave an update to the Central Area Committee on proposals to redevelop Martin Savage Park.   Link to presentation here.  He advised…

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 has gone virtual this year with over 100 different events celebrating our national holiday safely and responsibly from our kitchens and living rooms. Dúisigh Eire! / Awaken Ireland! is the theme of this year’s Festival. From 12th to 17th March, more than 100 free events will be broadcast globally over 6…

Mother & Babies Homes

Mary voted to save the database and files from the Mother and Baby Home Commission so that survivors can access their records, reclaim their identities and secure justice.  To begin the process of restorative justice Minister O’Gorman launched and a Consultation Process on the development of an ex-gratia Restorative Recognition Scheme for former residents of…