Economic Recovery Plan

In preparation for post Covid recovery the Government will invest 4.5 billion into employment, environmental and post-Covid recovery plan. This will help the full resumption of economic activity and get people back to work. A jobs led recovery will stimulate the economy to a decarbonised, more digital & secure future. For full details click here

Easing of Restrictions

An Taoiseach outlined the next steps in our recovery plan on Friday May 28th. Measures will continue to be in place to support the recovery and an Economic Recovery Plan to chart a course through the summer and beyond will be published next week. The Plan will set out a new phase of supports, investment…

Supports for Taxi Drivers

In Seanad Eireann Mary asked that the Minister for Transport to provide financial support for taxi drivers. There are 23,000 taxis in Ireland. Taxis are very important public transportation mode in cities and rural towns. They provide a safe and economical alternative for many urban dwellers to owning a private car and are an essential…

Vaccine Registration Portal

From Thursday 15 April, people aged 65 to 69 can register online for their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. A PPS number, eircode, a mobile phone number and an email address are needed for registration. Alternatively people can call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 to register over the phone. To avoid delays or traffic issues on the…

Vaccine Update

Mary has received the following update regarding vaccine deliveries & administration rollout: Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme strategy is to distribute all available vaccine as quickly as is operationally possible, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The programme is based on the principles of safety, effectiveness and fairness, with the objective of reducing severe…

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)….

Restrictions Update

Last night An Taoiseach made the difficult announcement to the nation that Level 5 restrictions would remain in place until April 5th. The decision to extend Level 5 restrictions is difficult and will have considerable impact on all parts of our economy and society. However we continue to have an unacceptably high level of disease…

Vaccines Update

Mary has recieved an update from the Minister on the vaccine rollout. The vaccination of those aged 85 and older started on Monday 15th of February, with 20,000 mRNA doses scheduled to be delivered this week as part of the roll-out to those aged 85 and older. It will be double that in following weeks….

Leaving Cert 2021

On behalf of the Leaving Cert students of 2021 Mary demanded clarity, certaintity & choice. These students have lost 5 months of classroom learning and alternative arrangements must be put in place to allow them progress from secondary school.