Housing

BETTER PAY, JOB SECURITY

28 January 2020

Work is changing and we need to change with it. A job for life doesn’t exist anymore. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have better pay, job security and be better able to balance our work and family commitments. Too many workers are underpaid, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. People … Continue reading Better Pay, Job Security

RENTERS NEED A BREAK

22 January 2020

Ireland has had the highest rent increases in the EU since 2015, with rents having risen over 25% in that time. The average rent in some parts of Dublin is over €2,224, an all-time high. Many people can’t afford to rent close to where they work, and end up commuting long distances. This is unsustainable … Continue reading Renters Need a Break

WE’LL BUILD HOMES

19 January 2020

Labour will immediately freeze and cap rents until enough homes are built. And we will build 80,000 homes on public land in the next five years. The private housing market has failed. Fine Gael wastes €700 million every year on private landlords, instead of building houses. Tax reliefs incentivise student residences, hotels and “co-living” units … Continue reading We’ll Build Homes

DECISION TO ALLOW CO LIVING DEVELOPMENT DISMANTLES RESPONSIBLE PLANNING

8 January 2020

Decision to Allow Co Living Development Dismantles Responsible Planning and Promotes Substandard Housing Decision Caused by Minister Murphy’s New Planning Rules Which Facilitate Developers Joan Burton TD criticised the decision of An Bord Pleanála today to allow a large-scale co-living development on the site of Brady’s Pub, Castleknock: ‘This decision is the sad outcome of the new … Continue reading Decision To Allow Co Living Development Dismantles Responsible Planning

SUBMISSION ON BALROY HOUSE

6 January 2020

Glenveagh Homes have recently submitted an application for the site at Balroy House on the Carpenterstown Road. After inspecting the application, and working with Local Councillor John Walsh (Castleknock), I have made a submission in writing to An Bord Pleanála, and this can be read below. This application was also discussed by the Fingal County … Continue reading Submission on Balroy House

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