Wed, May 20, 2020
The world economy is not in good health. Despite the implementation and further proposals for some of the largest collective fiscal stimulus measures in history, a partial recovery in 2021 is the best that can be expected. Now is a time to act, but it also a time to reflect on how we organise our economy and to find new ways to structure our economic activity. Given the distress that many businesses now face and the increase in savings by individuals the Green Party believe that the cooperative business model could and should provide a core part of our rebuilding efforts post Covid-19. This model of community based economic organisations ensures our business community is guided by the principles of economic democracy and that they are rooted in the interests of their locality. They offer not just a new source of financing for Irish businesses, but will help us build a better, more environmentally conscious, more equitable society.
Fri, May 15, 2020
Councillor Janet Horner and I have been liaising with DCC/DHRE about the new homeless facility in Drumcondra. Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council has produced a report, provided below.
Thu, May 14, 2020
Motor traffic going through the Phoenix Park should be stopped, according to local Green Party representatives. The elected representatives are calling on the OPW to prevent private motor traffic from using the park as a thoroughfare, instead only allowing access to park facilities, institutions, and existing parking spaces, which would accommodate those with disabilities or specific accessibility needs.
Thu, May 7, 2020
Neasa Hourigan, Finance Spokesperson for the Green Party, has echoed calls from the Disability Action Coalition to properly fund the Section 39 organisations that provide essential disability services. These organisations  should be funded on a full cost price model for services delivered as is common practice in other countries and as recommended by the government’s own report  into the sector.
Wed, May 6, 2020
There have been some queries from residents about the redevelopment of a property at 15-17 Drumcondra Road Lower. Cllr Janet Horner has received a response from Dublin City Council about plans for the building.
Tue, May 5, 2020
Neasa Hourigan, Finance Spokesperson for the Green Party, has welcomed research  from Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford that identified five policies with high potential on both economic multiplier and environmental impact metrics.
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
Neasa Hourigan, Finance Spokesperson for the Green Party, has called for the establishment of an independent financial consumer protection agency to protect against predatory financial institutions. The persistent mistreatment of Irish consumers by financial institutions has highlighted the need for a consumer focused regulatory body with regulatory and enforcement powers outside the remit of the Central Bank of Ireland, that would also subsume its current powers.
Tue, Apr 21, 2020
The Green Party wants to see a consistent policy on park opening regardless of the body that is managing that park. We currently have the situation where, for example, Dublin City Council parks are open but Botanic Gardens, St. Stephen’s Green and Iveagh gardens (under the control of the Office of Public Works) are closed.