Mícheál Mac Donncha
Accelerate the current housing programme of Dublin City Council and press central government for: 1. More funding for social housing; 2. An end to excessive red tape that is delaying delivery of social housing; 3. A proper affordable housing scheme that is within reach of people on low to middle incomes.
Develop social housing of all types for those who need it, increasing supply and reducing dependence on the private-rental market. Better protection for tenants in the private-rented sector as lack of protection from rent rises and sales is forcing people into homelessness.
Accelerate the turnaround of vacant council dwellings, strengthen legislation to require owners of vacant properties and sites to put them to use or face penalties, subject to proper planning.
Press for greater government investment in public transport which is both essential economic infrastructure and a key public service. Levels of investment need to be brought up to European standards as it is among the lowest at present. Recast the flawed BusConnects plan in consultation with communities to make it more responsive to their needs. Restore staffing to DART stations.
Improve public transport and make it more affordable for commuters, reduce dependency on cars, accelerate and expand household insulation and retrofits, provide for micro-generation, allowing households generating electricity at home to sell surplus power back into the grid, reducing their energy bills. Press for far more ambitious government and EU commitments and delivery of measures on climate change e.g. Get the European Central Bank to divest from dirty industries and allow for loans for green development.
Return power and responsibility for waste management and household waste collection to councils, restore staffing levels cut during the recession, including for cleansing not only in the city centre but in the suburbs also. Reduce plastic waste by introducing mandatory deposit return schemes and press for change in practice by manufacturers. Increase enforcement measures for illegal dumping, littering and dog fowling.
Space is very limited as the city's population continues to grow. Existing parks and green spaces need to be kept and enhanced. Proper green spaces and planting need to be provided as an integral part of new residential developments.
Privatisation of public spaces should not be permitted. Better public transport and reduction of car traffic and parking in the city centre should go hand in hand with providing more public spaces. We also need to design public spaces that are adaptable to Irish weather conditions all year round.