Mary’s Weekly Update

Below you will find a brief update on Mary’s work over the last week: Mary Attended meetings to put the finishing touches #HousingForAll and share the plan with Fianna Fáil PP and Housing committee Launch of €20billion plan to build 300,000 homes, eradicated homelessness, tackle vacancy and build secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable communities in #HousignForAll…

Hammond Lane Court

Mary was delighted to receive an update from the Minister for Justice that construction of the new family court at Hammond Lane, Dublin 7 should commence in late 2023. The project is at the planning stage and is well advanced.   The Courts Service has advised the Department that its highest priority at present is the…

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…

Special Classes Update

As schools reopen, 2,118 special classes will open their doors. This is an increase of 269 classes from the previous school year and will ensure that approximately 12,700 special class places will be available this year, including 1,600 new special class places. Since 2011, the number of special classes has increased by 386%. For a…

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….

Passport Applications

Mary received a recent update from the Minister for Foreign Affairs regarding passport applications. The processing times for valid online applications are as follows: 10 working days for simple adult renewals; 15 working days for complex renewals, including children, and 40 working days for all First Time Applications.   First time applications for adults and…

Dart+West

Mary has recently recieved an update from Irish Rail informing her that in response to a number of requests DART+ West have extended the closing date for receipt of submissions & observations on the preferred option for DART+ West until Wednesday, 29th September 2021. (An extension of three weeks) For details of the project click…

€30M Healthcare Investment for Dublin Central

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has informed Mary that he has approved more than €30 million additional capital allocation in 2021 for Health facilities in Dublin Central including for the Rotunda, Mater, Temple Street, Grangegorman, St Mary’s and Adelphi House.  All funds will be used to upgrade health facilities to improve medical outcomes and…

Following on from the 6 week non-statutory public consultation the report was launched this week with the following recommendations: All gates will remain open and fully accessible as per normal operations with the exception of Cabra Gate, which, as part of the pilot bus service initiative, will be accessible by bus only during the pilot…

Pledge to End Direct Provision

The Government gave commitment earlier this year to ending direct provision, with the aim to create an alternative which will protect peoples human rights. To help ensure these commitments are realised Mary signed Amnesty International Ireland’s Pledge to End Direct Provision. The Pledge states: By signing up to this pledge, I commit to do all…