Below is the text of my submission on the draft Renewable Electricity Support Scheme.

I want everyone to take part in the transition to renewal energy and I strongly believe that rooftop solar is the best way to do that.

Public buildings like schools, libraries and community buildings should have solar panels and so should homes and businesses.

I find it hard to believe that the draft doesn’t include any payments for small-scale rooftop solar. Everyone has to be paly their part, not just big business and property developers.

I believe there is a moral argument for including everyone in this and a practical one. Everyone should be let save money and take part in renewals. Ireland is missing our targets already and unless we do something radical we will be fined by the EU>

The Government's Energy White Paper sets a target of reducing climate pollution from energy by 80-95% by 2050. The largest part of this is by electricity use. We need to give people a way to reduce their own emissions.

Ireland has been at the fore in international agreements in the past and we need to continue this with the Paris Agreement. We should use all options on the table and make more ambitious targets. Rooftop solar has to be part of this and it needs to be open to everyone in all our communities.  

We need more action on illegal dumping in Phibsboro[

In Phibsboro, The Navan Road and Cabra, I have gotten a lot of complaints about illegal dumping.  Most recently in Phibsboro, bags thave been illegally dumped.  

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In light of the Minister for Environment Denis Naughten's announcement of an extra €650,000to deal with illegal dumping, I am calling for some extra funds to be spent in Phibsboro to deal with this issue. 

Through my work with Phibsboro Tidy Towns, I know the great work being done to improve the village, and I believe Illegal dumping is having a negative effect on this work.  The government and Dublin City Council need to do more to deal with this. 

Dublin City Council is responsible for managing litter and illegal dumping. If you are aware of illegal dumping, you can report it to the litter hotline, so that it can investigate and take any necessary enforcement action.  Call Dublin City Council on 01 222 2222 or email info@dublincity.ie.  Alternatively, you can report it to the 24-hour National Environmental Complaints Line 1850 365 121.

We also need to tackle the rising costs of bin service.  It is not sustainable to have competing bin providers driving the same streets, and we need to have tighter regulations on these providers.  The waiver for those who can't afford bin service needs to be re-introduced. 

Proposing Housing Cooperatives at Labour Party Conference

22nd April, 

We need public investment in housing to stop the crisis, but I believe Housing Cooperatives can be a better model for providing housing in the future.

At the conference, Brendan Howlin outlined his plan for our future focusing on the future of work, the environment and Brexit.  Labour is looking at a basic income, Introducing Electric Busses to Dublin Bus and banning Microbeads, and has published 20 Brexit Proposals

Speech:

"Comrades and Friends,

We all know the housing situation is bad.

And we know that nothing this government has proposed is going to make it any better.

A do-nothing government is one thing.

But what we have in the area of housing is far worse than that.

This is a government whose housing policies are actively making things worse for people all over our country.

Worse for renters, worse for first-time buyers, worse for those struggling to find any home at all.

The Eurostat figures show that Irish people are now spending 5% more of their income on housing than they did ten years ago.

That’s a shocking statistic.

5% extra, and where’s it going?

To banks that won’t lend, and big companies that won’t contribute.

To the speculators that this government and their Fianna Fáil allies have always been in bed with.

Now if these parties had followed Labour’s advice and introduced proper rent controls much earlier;

We know that things would be very different and a great deal better.

But how do we change things now, after so much inaction and so many half-measures?

The sad truth, comrades, is that cooperatives alone can’t solve this crisis.

There’s no substitute for major investment in public social housing.

But what cooperatives can do is this:

They can provide us with a new model for our housing system;

One that values public good over private speculation.

That sees a home as a right and not an asset.

That grants people the dignity of a good place to live;

Without chaining them to skyrocketing rents or an impossible mortgage.

Comrades, as the great song says: which side are you on?

Labour at its best stands for doing things differently.

So let’s stand up to dodgy capital and to heartless speculation.

Let’s build a cooperative housing system for the 21st century. "

Motion passed: 

"Conference condemns the failure of this government to propose real solutions to the housing crises.

Conference notes the Eurostat Report which finds in 2016 Irish people spent on average 24.6% on housing costs, a 5% increase over the previous 10 years.

Conference notes the success of housing cooperatives in other countries, particularly in Germany.

Conference calls on the Labour Party to develop a strong policy on housing cooperatives to include:
• Ways of keeping cooperative assets in cooperative ownership and preventing them from being sold for profit
• Government supports to develop housing cooperatives including loan guarantees and practical supports
• Ways for the Credit Union movement to get involved
• Work with PES to secure EU funding for housing cooperatives."

More DART and LUAS for north Dublin.

Below is the submission I made to the National Transport Authority on a proposal to serve the Airport with public transport, you can find more about the consultation here.  

I wish to support option C1, which is a combination of HR1 and LR3.  This option involves a DART line to the airport from Clongriffin as well as a Luas line from Cabra to the Airport and Swords.  

I support the mainline spur from Clongriffin to Airport as the DART network covers much of Dublin and, therefore, this option will bring a lot of people to the airport via the DART network.  

I also believe that LR3, the Cabra to the Airport and Swords line, is the best Light Rail option.  I think that to fully provide for the airport, both options should be used.

I live in Cabra and getting to Swords from Cabra via public transport currently requires getting into town.  This option would make this a lot easier.  

However, to reap the full benefits of the Luas line, it should include a stop at Glasnevin Cemetry.  This is a massive tourist attraction and with the increasing popularity of genealogy and the development of the visitor centre and redevelopment of the round tower, a LUAS station here would be very important.  

Film Festival Funding

Did you know that there is European Funding available for Film Festivals?

The total budget available for the co-financing of actions under the scheme is estimated at 3.25M euros

The EU financial contribution will take the form of a lump sum according to the number of European films in the programming between 19,000 and 77,000 euros

There are two deadlines for submission, depending on when the events are scheduled

  • 28/02/2014 for activities starting between 01/05/14 and 31/10/14;
  • 04/07/2014 for activities starting between 01/11/14 and 30/04/15.

Additional Information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/culture/media/fundings/creative-europe/call_6_en.htm

Grant funding from the National Heritage Council

Are you involved in a non-profit organisations such as environmental NGOs, local community groups or a heritage and preservation societies?

700,000K euros  in Grant Aid for Heritage Projects is now available from the  National Heritage Council to support local projects in the fields of national heritage such as : monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways.

Be quick as the deadline is fast approaching-> January 15th 2014

Further information is at: http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants/2014-grant-scheme/

€1 Million in funding for Youth & Community initiatives in 2014, apply online now, Closing date is January 17th!

The IPB Youth & Community Fund is open to all community or voluntary groups, local clubs or associations, not-for-profit and charitable organisations operating at a local level.

The maximum amount for which any one applicant may apply is €15,000. 
Applications for funding between €2,500 - €7,000 and €10,000 - €15,000 will be considered.

There is no requirement to seek matching funding
The application is basically in two main sections covering a number of questions:
a) Basic information about your organisation
b) Basic project information including the name of the initiative, the needs/problems to be addressed, the targeted population and who will benefit from the initiative.
The Fund will not cover? 
The IPB Youth & Community Fund will not cover items such as the purchase of a building or land; fundraising campaigns and appeals; travel; conference, tuition or course fees etc

Apply online at: http://cse.ipb.ie/ct/s.bix?c=8E3AE8DF-F4B7-4B91-8B18-1FA2F98FD539

Closing date is January 17th !!!

Sports Capital Programme

The 2014 Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications from 12 noon on Friday, 17 January 2014.

Organisations must register by 5pm on Friday, 7 February 2014.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2014.

The Sports Capital Programme is now online in a system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).

This will be the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme.  

Any organisation that wishes to make any future applications must first register online at WWW.SPORTSCAPITALPROGRAMME.IE.  

Register early to ensure that you can apply under future rounds of the SCP.  

Download additional information at: http://tinyurl.com/sportsfunding2014

If you have any further queries, do let me know