People Before Profit
I have been chairing and building the National Homeless and Housing Coalition for the past four years so as to make sure that the housing crisis is put firmly on the political agenda. The campaign had a cross motion passed in the Dáil last October which called for practical measures to be implemented so as to bring the housing crisis under control. The motion included measures to deal with high rents, evictions from the private sector, the building of homes, a constitutional right to housing.
In the council, I have consistently advocated and fought for the building of public housing on public land, and if elected will continue to do this. Building public housing on public land is the solution to the issue of supply and affordability so continuing to work on this at the council and at the national level will make a difference and so it will be a priority for me.
In my first year on the council I drafted a motion calling for a register to be established that would log derelict and empty buildings so that we could make sure they were put to good use or purchased by the council. Despite support from all other parties and the passing, the council management have refused to implement the register. I am consistently highlighting vacant and derelict sites in our area, ensuring that the council is pursuing the owners to address the dereliction.
I have had motions passed and am actively campaigning to have the Iveagh Markets brought under public control for community use and for public housing and amenities to be built as a matter of urgency at the Player Wills site. Three years ago, Dublin 8 was voted by the UCD school of Geography as the ugliest part of Dublin. It has been my mission since to make sure we are never awarded this again!
It is very important that our area is developed in a sustainable way. This includes green space, cycle lanes, sports facilities, community amenities, decent housing and public transport. It is an area that I have worked very hard on over the past five years and if elected, it will continue to be a priority. I have fully engaged with the BusConnects consultations and will continue to engage with the process. I have worked with and campaigned with communities in the past to defend our public bus services and will continue to do so.
The cycling infrastructure in our city generally and in our area in particular is wholly inadequate. I regularly engage with cycling campaigns and support their work at the council level, calling for practical measures that can easily be implemented (like two-way cycle lanes, more bike stations) while also making the case for a serious investment in the infrastructure and the rollout of the Dublinbikes scheme. I also use cycling as a major form of transport and am frustrated by the lack of funding and the lack of progress. If re-elected I will make a point of meeting with cycle campaigns to develop a strategy for improving cycling in our area.
Campaigning for public green space, sports facilities, and ensuring our area meets benchmarks for greening and tree-planting is important. People Before Profit are opposed to the carbon tax as it does not address the real culprits: the major corporations. I have worked with my colleague Bríd Smith TD on her Climate Emergency Bill to keep fossil fuels in the ground and will continue this work. At the council level, I worked hard on the Dublin City Development Plan and if elected, will ensure greater inclusion of climate and sustainable measures as well as ensuring the city's Climate Strategy is implemented and monitored. I am a huge advocate of greening communities, improving our green-space benchmarks and cycling infrastructure.
I am an advocate of returning waste management to the city council and will continue to fight for this. The local councillors are consistently raising the issues of illegal dumping, dog poo, litter and the lack of bins generally. The council needs more resources to put measures in place to address this.
I worked very closely with the community campaign for a public park at Bridgefoot Street, fought with the allotment holders and community gardeners at Weaver Square and will continue to fight for more green space in our area. In the development plan, I was successful in having a greening benchmark included. I will continue to work to ensure that we not only reach but pass the benchmark. As well as parks and gardens, it is essential that our neighbourhood has sporting facilities and so I 100 percent support the Sporting Liberties Campaign for sports facilities at Marrowbone Lane and will fight with Kevins Hurling and Camogie Club to save Dolphin Park.