Hendron’s SHD

A Strategic Housing Development application for planning permission on the Hendron site at the corner of Western Way and Dominick Street has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala.  The proposal is for a 280 bedroom short-term, co-living scheme including, meeting rooms, recreation and outdoor amenity.  There is no social housing element to this development. The…

Mary welcomes the reminder issued from Minister Robert Troy to Irish consumers about the new arrangements now in place for online retail under the recently concluded Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK. The Minister said that Irish consumers should be aware that: only goods of proven UK origin are tariff free…

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

With Covid19 cases continuing to rise Mary welcomes reports that the HSE has commenced the first phase of a vaccination programme for Covid19.  The Covid19 vaccine programme is free, safe, effective and secure. The Covid19 vaccine will be first made available to our most vulnerable and those who care for them. The vaccination programme will…

Health- Useful Information

HSE Community Testing Service for Covid-19 will remain open throughout the Christmas and New Year period.  Anyone who requires a Covid-19 test should contact their GP. Out-of-Hours GP service is provided by DDoc Tel: 1850 22 44 77.  DDoc is an appointment only service open each weekday evening, from 6pm -8am the following day and…

Affordable Housing & Cost Rental

Mary welcomes the announcement of new Government funded Affordable Housing schemes to provide affordable homes to both purchase and rent from Minister Darragh O’Brien TD. Legislation for Affordable Housing to purchase will be introduced in 2021 which will see the State take up to 30% equity in a home with a first time buyer.  This…

Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire

Mary welcomes the news that the new school building for Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire will proceed to the next stage. This is following a meeting in early December with Minister Foley, School Principal and Chair, Dept of Education officials, other public representatives and Mary, the following was agreed : •        the design team can complete the…

Moore Street Advisory Group

The food market on Moore Street dates back as far as the 1700s selling fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.  14-17 Moore Street were famously the final headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.  In for far too long the street has deteriorated and decayed.  Mary welcomes the establishment of the new Ministerial Moore Street…

Rotunda Hospital

This week in the Seanad Mary put forward a commencement matter asking the Minister for Health to make a statement on the Department of Health’s support for capital investment in a new Critical Care Wing of the Rotunda Hospital.  Specifically, to make a statement on the allocation of €2.5m in 2021 for the appointment of…

Social Welfare Bill 2020

Mary welcomes the Social Welfare Bill 2020 which will be before the Seanad for final stage December 17th. The Bill will keep the pension age at 66, as promised in the programme for government. The pension age was previously planned to increase to 67 by the previous Government, this is now deferred. Other welcome measures…

Covid-19 Vaccine Strategy

Mary welcomed the announcement from Minister Donnelly this week of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which outlines Ireland’s high-level plan for safe, effective and efficient vaccination of the population, while safeguarding continued provision of health and social care services. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which was prepared by the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination,…