I believe everyone has a constitutional right to a home. I will work with my fellow councillors who share the same vision and I will organise multi-party protests as soon as elected to show the council that Ballyfermot-Drimnagh will not fall under the hands of property investors. We propose tackling supply and affordability by rolling out a cost-rental scheme. Under such a scheme, the government would build housing on state land and then recoup the costs slowly over time through affordable rents.
I will work with council officials to set cost-rental schemes interdependent with good planning, transport, infrastructural development, and land management. Under such a scheme, the government would build housing on state land and then recoup the costs slowly over time through affordable rents. Overall the scheme is cost neutral to the exchequer because the rent received matches the cost of providing the homes over time. I will use my position as a platform to push for the Green Party housing policy to remunerate tenants who make an improvement to the condition/energy efficiency of their property.
I believe and the The Green Party believes in giving everyone the opportunity of living in a good home at a reasonable cost, in a stimulating, secure and sustainable environment. In particular, I believe housing policy should promote good outcomes for children, young people, disabled people and those most vulnerable in society.
I will use my position as a platform to push for the Green Party policy on reducing homelessness: state-funded constructed homes based on need rather than cost; allocation of housing officers to geographic areas for a consistent point of contact; restore welfare payments for under 25s at a parity with other recipients; urge the government to ensure HAP payments reflect the cost of rental in the private sector.
I will work with my colleagues on the Green Party's proposition to replace the property tax with a site value tax. This means that properties would be taxed based on the zoning of their property and the amenities available rather than market value. This would make it much more expensive for property owners to keep properties that are not being used.
At the same time I will actively make sure that such sites are known to all. I will publish a map of all derelict/vacant buildings and publish it in my newsletter to the residents. I will powerwash every footpath in front of such buildings to make the issue as visible as possible.
I will push for the reduction of car traffic and road surface for cars. Less cars would ease bus flow, decreasing travel times and increasing public-transport efficiency. I will use my position to oppose the National Transport Authority (NTA) taking people’s gardens and cutting public trees: road surface for public transport and soft modes of transport need to be created by reducing car journeys. I will work with council officials on making sure that all human movement-related infrastructure is 100 percent disabled accessible and usable.
Again I will push for the reduction of car traffic and road surface for cars . I will work with council officials to increase the 30km zone. Less cars driving more slowly will make cycling in the city a safer experience. I will organise road-closure events during the year for an afternoon so kids can play on the street in a car-free zone, so all can enjoy an afternoon with no noise and exhaust pollution.
I will be against any urban sprawl. We need to prioritise brownfield sites for new developments and preserve greenfield sites for recreation. I will propose a motion in City Hall to implement a minimum population density limit for all housing projects. This would help to reduce car dependency, to create better public transport services, to offer more public amenities, to keep more green spaces. I will work with council officials to create sustainable living neighborhoods to live and to work.
I will work with council officials to build self-sufficient sustainable neighborhoods with water-collection systems, using solar energy and wind energy. I will use my position as a platform to push for legislation to allow homeowners and businesses to sell surplus energy to energy providers. I will use my position as a platform to create more co-op type or social enterprises as recycling centres, compost centres. This will save every resident money by recycling organic waste.
I will support my Green Party colleague Councillor Patrick Costello and his proposed motion on dog poo. One of the actions his motion proposes is to get the Minister for the Environment to increase fines related to dog fouling. The other one is to introduce a pilot scheme of DNA testing. I will use my position as a platform to push for the government to increase funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tackle illegal dumping and to remove unnecessary red tape so the council, the Gardaí and the EPA can do their job.
I will organise a roundtable with my fellow councillors, affected communities, council officials and any interested private parties to discuss ways to prevent the problem: could we use incentives to encourage people to stop illegal dumping? Could we use incentives for people to clean up litter? Would it be less costly and less damaging for the environment and safer for all? I will use my position as a platform to encourage local businesses to reduce the amount of packaging they supply to customers.
I will push for areas with higher but moderate population density to preserve space for nature. I will work with council officials to make our existing green spaces places for active biodiversity. I have already contacted Dublin City Council's Parks Department to ask for a playground in Chapelizod. I will propose a motion to City Hall demanding that brownfield sites left derelict for six months be made automatically available to local residents on a temporary basis to use as community gardens.
I will work with council officials to make Dublin a World Health Organization Healthy City. A healthy city is one that creates and improves the physical and social environments and expands the community resources which enable mutual support among people to live and develop each and everyone of us to our maximum potential. I will work with public health and town planner officials to create Dublin, the healthy city for the common good and not for shareholders.
I will propose a motion requesting the erection of public benches. I will propose a motion requesting the erection of markets for fresh produce, fish, meat, etc on public spaces. I will propose that there is at least one market taking place daily in Dublin City on a rotation basis. Again I will use my position as a platform to publicly push for all new and retrofitted public spaces to be 100 percent disabled accessible and usable. I will work with council officials to keep all public spaces chemical free to protect local fauna and flora and people’s health.