Public Meeting with Eamon Ryan: Let's Talk Cost-Rental

You are invited to a public meeting with Eamon Ryan T.D. to discuss solutions to the housing crisis.

The current social housing model isn't working and we believe it is time to utilise the cost rental model to transform housing provision in Ireland.

This model is successful in a number of European countries which see lower rents and reduced inflationary pressure across their housing markets.

The Department of Housing has recently identified 700 sites that could be used for housing. We have plans for the construction of 3,000 units in Dublin at two of these sites, Cathal Brugha Barracks and Broadstone in Phibsborough. We believe that this is an opportunity to begin making this change and provide public housing at affordable rent levels.

The cost rental model is self sustaining and self funding and works by calculating rents on the basis of recovering the cost of the property over the lifetime of a long-term loan.

We are keen to hear from you on this issue. Join us in Slattery's Pub in Rathmines on the 5th of March where we will explain how the model works and identify other possible sites where it could be used. Get your free tickets here

Autism and ASD services in schools

I weas recently contacted by the Campaign for ASD Special Classes in South Dublin Secondary Schools who raised concerns with me about the provision of ASD special classes.

The members of this campaign brought to my attention the fact that there are 45 national schools in Dublin 2, 4, 6, 6W and 8 and that of this 45, there are 7 ASD special classes in those schools with 6 children in each special class i.e. a total of 42 children. There are also a number of special schools, some of whose pupils might be able to access mainstream secondary education with the support of a special class, most obviously St. Declan’s in Ballsbridge, and St. Peter’s in Rathgar, with 42 and 60 children respectively, many of whom have autism. There are 26 second level schools in the same area – but zero ASD special classes.

I recently met with members of the campaign and raised some of their concerns with the Minister which you can see below.


Climate Emergency Bill

Yesterday I spoke in the Dáil on the Climate Emergency Measures Bill. 

This Bill, similar to our own Keep it in the Ground Bill, is a step forward towards a greener future. 

The Government needs to realise that the world is changing and that it cannot stop that change.

Switching to a zero-carbon economy will not only help us meet our obligations in accorance with the Paris Climate Agreement but it would also be good for our economy as clean, green technologies and industries continue their exponential growth.

I hope that this Bill will be enacted so we can become one of the leaders in green energy moving forward. We should and can be good at this.

Directly Elected Mayors on the back burner again as Government fails to act

I spoke to the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday on the delays in implementing directly elected Mayors for our cities. 

We need a single accountable individual, a Mayor who can strive for change, who can have the powers neccessary to take action on transport and housing as our cities gridlock and homelessness increases.

These proposals have been around for years and we have seen no movement despite positive noises, all we have is talk and inaction, something has to change.

You can see the full exchange below.

Living Cities Bill

We, the Green Party, have called on the Government to tackle the vacancy and dereliction rates in Dublin.  We recently launched our Living Cities Bill 2017, aimed at bringing life back to city and town centres, discourage land hoarding, and tackle dereliction and vacancy.

We have 31,459 empty houses here in Dublin, with 198,358 empty nationwide, according to the CSO. This number doesn’t include derelict buildings, and doesn’t measure the potential housing units that could be developed on vacant land in city and town centres. 

5 Chapel Avenue, Dublin 4


Date of record: 11 April 2016
Source: DCC South East Area Committee

We need to start bringing life back into the centre of our towns and cities. Through installing units above shops, refurbishing derelict buildings, and tackling land hoarding. That’s what we’re trying to do with the Living Cities Bill.                                                                                     
The aims of this Bill are simple, and have the potential to instigate meaningful change. The bill aims to remove the minimum site size from the current vacancy legislation, which is currently set at larger than a basketball court, which rules out a huge number of sites. This would bring far more vacant and derelict sites under the scope of the legislation.

There is a real opportunity here. The country is full of empty buildings and vacant sites. These dwellings are pre-existing infrastructure and returning them back to a usable condition would go a long way not just towards providing more cost effective solutions to tackle the crisis, but would also be of benefit in terms of reinvigorating communities.

Climate Action and Envrionment Committee on 2020 Targets

I made my contribution to the Oireachtas Committee for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, urging the Government to ensure that Ireland is a leader in the new, clean, green industrial revolution taking place around the globe. Instead of lagging behind the rest of Europe and countries like China, which are making giant strides in the right direction in terms of clean energy production and green technologies, we should seize the opportunity to be a world leader and harness the incredible potential Ireland has when it comes to renewables.

Economic, Environmental and Health factors all point to a clean, green future and we should be at the forefront of this revolution.

China's decision on plastic

China has announced a major policy shift and will no longer be importing as much contaminated plastic or cardboard.  60% of the world's plastic was sent to China in 2016 for recycling and processing and so this decision will have rammifications across the globe.  Countries will need to become more efficent domestically or find other destinations to send their contaminated waste.

This is a real opportunity for us to implement fundemental change and reduce the amount of waste we produce as a matter of urgency.  

In the same vein, 8 million tonnes of plastic has been dumped in the world's oceans every year since 2010.  That is equivalent to one lorry load per minute.  This is causing irreversible damage to the world's marine ecosystem.

We have introduced a waste reduction bill in the Dáil which is currently in commitee stadge and hope that it will be passed by the house in due course. 

I have raised issue a number of times in the Dáil over the last two years, to see an article and video relating to this click here.

Question to the Taoiseach on Green Policies

I had the opportuntiy to ask the Taoiseach about his thoughts on emmulating some of the successful Green policies implemented in other countries and if he had discussed environmental policy during a recent conversation with President Macron of France.

While I was asking about positive measures that he could implement, he defended theemission heavy livestock sector, suggested paying EU emissions fines with increased carbon taxes and committed to Ireland's ongoing use and exploration of oil and gas.