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…

Small Business Scheme

Mary welcomed the announcement from Government of €60m Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid (SBASC) this week. Eligible businesses will receive a payment of €4,000 for Quarter 1 of 2021. There will be a second payment of €4,000 for businesses continuing to meet the criteria. In February, the Government agreed a €60m allocation for the…

Vaccine Rollout Update

Following a new safety alert received late on 13th March from Norway, and pending receipt of further information from the European Medicines Agency, on the precautionary principle the National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended a temporary deferral of the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca® in Ireland for the week commencing the 14th March 2021 (Sunday)….

Affordable Housing

At the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage, during the pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Affordable Housing Bill, the LDA confirmed to Mary its priority is provision of social and affordable housing. Affordability will be determined by income, it is transparent, and accountable to elected representatives…

International Women’s Day 2021

On International Womens Day March 8th 2021 Mary #ChooseToChallenge Government to tackle the housing crisis, to insert the right to housing in Bunreacht Na hÉireann and to deliver justice to the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes. The events of COVID-19 have had a profound impact on women in Ireland and worldwide, particularly in the…

€50 Million: Live Performance Funding

Mary welcomes the announcement from Government today of €50 Million in supports for the Live Performance sector. Key features of the Live Performance Support Scheme include: ·       Support live performances that will occur on or before 30th September 2021. ·       Support the creation of employment and wellbeing opportunities in the culture and creative industries and…

North Inner City Regeneration

For more than a decade Mary has worked, with local residents and Dublin City Council, to address dereliction and champion regeneration of the North Inner City.  When Fianna Fáil were in opposition Mary proposed legislation for North Inner City regeneration and brought leader of Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin TD to see the dereliction in the…

Deliveroo

Mary called for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to come to the Seanad and outline what action his department is taking to address the precarious, dangerous and exploitative working conditions of Deliveroo workers. You can watch the debate below. During the pandemic we’ve all become more reliant on home deliveries and Deliveroo workers have…

Housing Adaptation Grants

Mary welcomes the new from the Government of €75 million fund to improve homes for older people and people with disabilities. Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people…

Mother & Baby Homes

Survivors of the Mother & Baby Homes were angered and upset by report from the Commission of Investigation into the Mother & Baby Homes. The Mother & Baby Homes Commission tried to destroy Survivor’s testimonies and failed to give justice to survivors. It refuses to answer to the Oireachtas. Mary believes it is time to…