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May 2021 Update from Senator Marie Sherlock

31 May 2021


Marie Sherlock - Crossguns Bridge

This is a brief update on the work we’ve been doing throughout May, both in the Oireachtas and locally in Dublin Central. As always, please get in touch if there are any local or national issues which you feel we should be aware of.  

Local Work

 

 

  • Along with Cllr Joe Costello, Cllr Declan Meenagh, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD and Cllr Jane Horgan Jones, we ran a very well-attended public meeting on the future of Drumcondra. This is an area that often falls between development plans, so we agreed to push for a dedicated masterplan for Drumcondra to include housing & planning needs, traffic management, access to the Tolka greenway, a local environment improvement strategy and the development of a cultural & educational hub in the area.  

 

  • After the government brought forward their plans on cuckoo funds in the housing market, Marie spoke in the Seanad about how they were choosing to ignore the needs of our urban communities. By excluding apartments from changes to stamp duty and permitting a massive overconcentration of build-to-rent, co-living and student accommodation developments in place of real homes, the government is effectively ignoring those of us who want to live in the many wonderful communities that make up our cities.  

 

In the Seanad

 

  • This week we was very proud to introduce, along with Senator Ivana Bacik, our Reproductive Health Leave Bill. This is a vital first step in providing for women who have undergone a miscarriage or are undertaking fertility treatment and I’m delighted to say the government is allowing the bill to progress. You can find Marie's speech on this important and deeply personal topic here.