Citizens’ agenda
Local elections 2019

Paddy McCartan

Fine Gael candidate for Pembroke

The major impediment to increasing the supply of social housing is the approval process which can take up to five years.


The key here is supply also. The census identified 180,000 vacant properties. Others estimate approximately 20,000. We need to bring back homes that were once available on the traditional rental market to long-term rental and curb the excesses of Airbnb which only deepens the accommodation crisis.


This needs clarification. There are title issues with many of these proprieties. "Living over the shop" initiatives should be promoted. Barriers to conversion should be removed while safeguarding standards.


We are playing catch up with other European cities. We need to proceed with the MetroLink from Swords to Charlemont and expand the Luas.


Implement the recommendations of the all-party committee on the climate action report making a decarbonised Ireland a realistic goal.


Highlight local activism and civic pride. Publish lists of the best and worst areas for littering. Those responsible should be "named and shamed" noting that only a third of fines issued by Dublin City Council are paid.


We have adequate numbers of parks in our city. I urge families and communities to make best use of them.


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