Housing Defects

Mary called for urgent establishment of working group to review with specific focus on legacy defects and report on implementation of the safe as houses report before July 2021.  Housing defects is an extremely serious issues affecting 10s of 1000s of homeowners.  They undermine individuals’ homes, their sense of security and wellbeing.  On a more…

Planning & Development Bill 2020

On Wednesday November 26th, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Darragh O’Brien TD introduced the Planning and Development Bill 2020 into the Seanad. The legislation updates Planning and development Act of 2000 to allow : Local Authorities to hold virtual meetings to conduct public consultations when making City and County development plans Planning and…

Strategic Housing Development’s

Strategic Housing Development legislation has failed to deliver homes in compact sustainable urban communities like Dublin Central and I support Governments decision to retire the legislation in 2021.   SHDs is a massive missed opportunity by the state.  Speeded up planning decisions but at a cost of quality housing developments. Government should retire SHD legislation at…

Housing, Local Government & Heritage Statement of Strategy

At a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Mary said the strategy for the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Heritage cannot just be business as usual or a refresh of the previous Government’s strategy. Mary called for strategy that reflects the shared objectives of…

Referendum on Right to Housing

At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage Mary stated that once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control she will push for a date to be set for a referendum to be held on the right to housing. As the Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson for Housing, Local Government & Heritage says she…

Budget 2021- Housing

Mary welcomes the much needed€3.3 billion spend in housing in this year’s budget.  As part of the measures announced today, 12,750 new homes will be added to the available supply of social housing through build, acquisition and long-term leasing.  Mary is pleased to see measures to address homelessness in today’s budget. Mary welcomes the range…

Housing, Local Government & Heritage

As Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Mary proposed the following items for inclusion in the 2020/21 Joint Oireachtas Committee Work Programme: Report on the implications and effectiveness of a constitutional referendum to provide a Right to Housing to every Irish Citizen Amend “Living City” initiative Replace failed tax credit with time…

Living City Initiative

Mary has called for the Minister for Finance to amend the Living City initiative from a tax credit incentive to a grant payment and to extend it to include rural towns. The Living City Initiative was first launched in 2015 and relaunched in 2018.  Since 2018 Dublin City Council received 119 valid applications for the…

Mary welcomes the announcement that the Covid19 mortgage payment break already in place for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended for a further three months and remain open for new applications from people suffering loss of income due to Covid19 until the end of the year. Local authority home loan borrowers could already…

€23m Regeneration of Mary’s Mansions

Mary welcomes the €23m redevelopment of St Mary’s Mansions which provides 80 high quality homes for inner city residents.  Mary says: “It’s so encouraging to see 25 original residents moving back into St Mary’s Mansions today. The scheme will be a model for future regeneration projects, which we hope will be built quickly and to…