First things first I would never vote against any development of social housing or affordable housing. We have a Fine Gael government at the helm and we have to work with what we have while always pushing for more. If needed I would try amend any plans to make sure the development went smoothly but I would never vote against the delivery of homes. I would continuously call on government to adopt housing policies that would work better than the ones we’ve seen this far. My parties policy is social and affordable homes for those who need it. I would follow through on plans already in place and continue to try convince a government heavily reliant on the private housing market to fund and support alternative proposal that would actually work. I wouldn’t promise people this is what we could have like other councillors have in the past. If we had a change in government we would be able to change the delivery mechanism for social and affordable housing but until we have we need to work with what we have and deliver some homes rather than none. I would continue to do what I have since elected five years ago. This is on my election manifesto.
Sinn Féin has put many proposals forward to protect renters, particularly in relation to the high rents and the lack of security. We would continue to push that agenda. This is on my election manifesto.
I would continue to do what I have done for the last five years. Call on Fine Gael to call a national emergency, and build social and affordable homes on our land. Also make the rental market more secure for tenants, make sure rents can’t keep rising and that homes are properly maintained. This is on my election manifesto.
I would call for heavy fines for those who leave sites derelict and vacant. Call on the government to fund the buying of the lands and vacant properties to help with the housing crisis.
Work with communities and the NTA to deliver projects that will actually work and that the majority are happy with. Some of the plans on the table in relation to BusConnects at the moment are shockingly bad.
Continue to make sure the roads are safe for all users. Develop cycle plans that will actually work and be of benefit to all. Most importantly keep the road maintenance at high spec. Some of our roads and cycle tracks are in horrific conditions.
Continue to call on people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Start with the council and the Dáil. It should be all paperless and plastic should be banned. I would call on the government to fund this better and more adequately so that we are all working towards helping our planet. I would also support my party in calling for big multinational companies to be held accountable for the carbon footprints.
I would continue to call on this to be funded more. Since the privatisation on the bin service it has progressively got worse. We need better plans in place, more staff, more litter wardens that actually catch the perpetrators and follow through with fines. I would also support naming and shaming those caught in the act of illegal dumping. This is on my election manifesto.
I am currently the chair of the [Dublin City Council's] parks sub-committee. I would look to keep that committee going and continue to be on it. In the north-west inner-city we are very lucky with the green spaces we have. However I would continue to call for the ones we have to be properly maintained and for security to be increased on some of them. I would tackle that issue whilst supporting the delivery of other smaller green spaces where possible.
I would support any plans that provided public spaces in the city. This is very important for the economy and for people’s well being. Civic spaces are places we should all use and protect from been taken away. I would call for the removal of some of the big sign posts around the city as well. The city doesn’t need to be a concrete jungle. I would support civic spaces for all.