Citizens’ agenda
Local elections 2019
 

Support an ambitious public-housing programme for a wide range of incomes in mixed-income estates and demand from the minister to give greater resources for this programme. Providing affordable housing is the only way to keep Dublin’s economy competitive.

 

Continue to increase the rights of tenants, including incentivising landlords to take up long-term leases.

 

The solution to the housing crisis is simple: build more houses. While we will always have an element of rough sleeping, which is different than the housing crisis, the reason we have people sleeping in hotels and other emergency accommodation is because Fine Gael squandered a housing surplus and failed to prepare for the housing needs in Dublin and elsewhere.

 

Restore government funding for the renovation of council voids to 100 percent, pressurise financial institutions to take greater responsibility for the houses in their possession, reduce the turnaround time and the cost of refitting council homes.

 

We have to give consideration to the Luxembourg model of free public transport. While it may be too ambitious, we need to at least think big in order to tackle climate change. We also need to see a rapid and city-wide rollout of the DublinBikes scheme, one of the most cost effective ways to increase the use of public transport and cycling.

 

We have to give consideration to the Luxembourg model of free public transport. While it may be too ambitious, we need to at least think big in order to tackle climate change. We also need to see a rapid and city wide rollout of the Dublin Bikes scheme, one of the most cost effective ways to increase the use of public transport and cycling.

 

While at a council level, we have limited powers in this area, we can provide leadership. We can start with a reduction in plastic posters in election time. A focus on the reduction of single-use plastics is also extremely important. While we have seen a start in terms of the reduction in use of plastic straws, this doesn’t go far enough.

 

We have to examine the possibility of restoring a single, council-controlled domestic-waste collector in the city that coordinates collections with a more frequent, scheduled street-cleaning service. I also think that we need to see more authorised officers to issue fines to those who break our litter laws.

 

In my area we are lucky to have a large number of green spaces and parks, however I believe we could do more with our existing spaces. We need to increase the activities and amenities within the parks and give sports and youth groups greater freedom to organise events.

 

Our public spaces will only be safer and utilised if we see an overall increase in the number of Gardaí in Dublin city, particularly in foot patrols.

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