Citizens’ agenda
Local elections 2019
 

The housing and homelessness crises is a national disgrace. It is a result of a policy by FF, FG and Labour to abandon public housing over the last 30 years and to rely solely on the private sector. The state is paying up to €1 billion a year now to private landlords for so-called "social housing". This is money that would be better spent building public housing. I believe only public housing only should be built on public land. I fully support a mix of cost-rental apartments with affordable rent and long-term leases and local-authority differential-rent housing.

 

We need a five-year rent freeze. The RPZ [Rent Pressure Zones] policy is not working. It is too easy for landlords to get around. We need long-term rental leases. It is increasingly impossible for the younger generation to even think of getting a mortgage and their own home.

 

Public housing is the short- and longer-term solution to homelessness. It would be possible to build 100,000 units on already zoned state-owned land.

 

We need a more effective vacant-site tax plus a policy of "use it or lose it" to stop land hoarding.

 

The "bus disconnects" proposals will undermine services for our communities. We need much more investment in affordable and clean-energy public transport. The subsidies for public transport here are the lowest in the EU.

 

Cycle lanes are a good idea. We need an awareness programme for motorists but also we need to make cyclists aware the rules of the road also apply to them.

 

Climate change is the number-one problem now facing human society. It needs an international and radical solution. Just 100 major fossil-fuel companies are responsible for 70 percent of all carbon emissions. Unless this is tackled, no amount of piecemeal measures such as the Paris Accords will work. We need an international agreement to replace fossil fuels with renewables. To achieve this we need a "new world order" based not on profit and the interests of the 1 percent but on rational and sustainable planning to use the world’s resources for the many not the few.

 

Part of this problem is the huge cuts in council staff which have taken place over the last 20 years. These need to be reversed.

   

Yes. I am extremely proud of the role I, along with my colleague Joan Collins TD, played at the height of the '90s property boom in defending our green spaces and sporting facilities in Dublin 12. We stopped the city planners and developers from building in Lansdowne Valley, Pearse Park and Brickfield. We also led a successful campaign to stop the closure of the Crumlin swimming pool and succeeded in getting the pool refurbished.

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