Housing

BALROY HOUSE APPLICATION

12 December 2019

Glenveagh Homes have recently submitted an application for the site at Balroy House on the Carpenterstown Road. This application was discussed by the Fingal County Council Area Committee for Dublin 15 on 5 December. The following motion was proposed by Labour Party Councillor John Walsh, and was agreed by the Area Committee and will be … Continue reading Balroy House Application

THOUSANDS OF OVER 70’S BATTLING TO PAY MORTGAGE

26 November 2019

Thousands of old age pensioners are living in fear of vulture funds repossessing their homes; figures supplied to me by the Central Bank and the Minister for Finance suggest. Journalist John Drennan covered the story in the Irish Daily Mail and this can be read below. Thousands of Over 70’s Battling to Pay Mortgage Thousands … Continue reading Thousands of Over 70’s Battling to Pay Mortgage

OLDER PEOPLE GRAPPLING WITH MORTGAGE ARREARS

18 November 2019

Figures supplied to me by the Central Bank and the Minister for Finance suggest there are significant numbers of older people still paying off their mortgages; and even more significantly, a worrying number of these mortgages are in arrears. The Irish Times published an article detailing this, and it can be read here. They also … Continue reading Older People Grappling with Mortgage Arrears

GOVERNMENT HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE ON RETROFITTING

22 October 2019

The Government must address the skills shortage in the retrofitting of homes through creating apprenticeships, training and job opportunities. I have raised this in the Dáil, and you can watch a video of my interaction below. Recently, Professor John Fitzgerald told the Committee on Climate Change that Irish households will spend between €25 and €75 … Continue reading Government Has Room to Improve on Retrofitting

SUBMISSION ON CO-LIVING DEVELOPMENT AT BRADY’S PUB

21 October 2019

I will be calling for the rejection of the proposed co-living development at Brady’s Pub. I have huge concerns that the Government is encouraging the development of hostel/dormitory style accommodation for people in their mid-20s and 30s, at extortionate rents, thus limiting their capacity to buy an affordable home in the future. Co-living developments simply … Continue reading Submission on Co-Living Development at Brady’s Pub

SUB-STANDARD CO-LIVING DEVELOPMENT AT BRADY’S PUB SHOULD BE REJECTED

24 September 2019

I will be calling for the rejection of the proposed co-living development at Brady’s Pub by An Bord Pleanála. This site already has permission from Fingal Council and An Bord Pleanála for a substantial number of apartments, but instead the developer wants to squeeze in 210 bed spaces with a new proposal to An Bord … Continue reading Sub-Standard Co-Living Development at Brady’s Pub Should Be Rejected

GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING BLIND SPOT

9 September 2019

All over Dublin 15 and Dublin 7 we can see new houses and apartments under construction. We even have proposals to build a number of the notorious so called Co-living developments in Castleknock. In spite of all that activity the Housing crisis shows no sign of relenting. The number of people declaring for the homeless … Continue reading Government’s Housing Blind Spot

LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

10 May 2019

I have been shocked to read recent reports of lead concentration levels well above the legal limit in North Dublin drinking water, including in Cabra, Drumcondra and Phibsborough. Some tests have found lead concentrations nearly fifteen times over the legal limits. This is hugely concerning. Exposure to lead can affect brain development in children, and … Continue reading Lead in Drinking Water

NEW HOUSING FOR DUBLIN 15

24 February 2017

I welcome the news that Fingal County Council is currently in negotiations in respect of acquiring social housing units for the Dublin 15 area. An allocation of 8 million has been provided to Fingal County Council to purchase the units. It is expected the houses will likely be in the Hansfield area and other areas … Continue reading NEW HOUSING FOR DUBLIN 15

€13M SOCIAL HOUSING FOR BLANCH IN GOVERNMENT’S 2016 PLAN

26 January 2016

A total of 44 new housing units will be made available for social tenants in Rossan Court in Blanchardstown, as part of the Government’s updated capital programme for housing for 2016. The details were contained in Minister Alan Kelly’s social housing progress report for 2015 and capital plan for 2016. The €13million investment was confirmed … Continue reading €13M SOCIAL HOUSING FOR BLANCH IN GOVERNMENT’S 2016 PLAN