€4.4 million to be made available for social housing in Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement of more than €4.4 million to be made available to Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council for social and voluntary housing and regeneration projects. This is part of more than €250 million to be allocated to local authorities throughout the country to support social housing nationally.

“The details of the housing capital allocations to local authorities was made today by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan. Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown is in line to receive €4,400,150, with more than €3.5 million going toward housing supply and €807,000 being used to improve the housing stock, including regeneration.

“Due to our economic circumstances, the days of big capital funded construction projects have come to a halt for the moment. The reality is, however, that the demand for social and voluntary housing remains high. This is forcing the Government to come up with new and innovative ways of doing more with less.

“The Minister has said she expects to be able to deliver between 3,500 and 4,000 additional social housing units this year through measures such as the Capital Advance Leasing Facility, among others. Investment in improving the housing stock should see another 1,500 properties that are currently vacant, come back into use.

“As part of the overall allocation of €691 million for local authorities under the Social Housing Investment Programme for 2012, €251.5 million is being used to support the national regeneration programme, to improve the standard of energy efficiency of the national housing stock and to fulfil commitments under existing contracts for the delivery of social and voluntary housing.

“By ensuring that social and voluntary housing construction remains on-going and that the regeneration and improvement of our cities and villages is sustained, we will continue to meet the housing requirements of those most in need of assistance.

“A particular focus is being given to bringing older and vacant housing back into use through improving the standard and energy efficiency of the national social housing stock. This will also serve the purpose of breathing new life into areas that have, in recent times, been neglected and ignored.

“I am delighted that such a generous allocation has been made for Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown and I look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring for the locality into the future.”

Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes new licensing system to regulate cosmetic surgery clinics

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly’s plans to regulate public and private healthcare providers, including cosmetic surgery clinics, so that patient safety can be improved and adequate standards ensured.

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Four new school building projects announced for Dun Laoghaire

€1.5 billion on 275 school projects nationally, creating 18,000 jobs.

Fine Gael Deputy for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has welcomed confirmation that four schools in Dun Laoghaire will be extended, as part of a major new school building programme announced by the Government. A total of 275 projects will be completed between 2012 and 2016, creating 18,000 jobs nationally.

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International Women’s Day presents opportunity to highlight domestic violence

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday) said that International Women’s Day not only gives us a chance to celebrate women’s social, economic and political achievements, it also presents us with an opportunity to look at how we are providing for those suffering domestic violence.

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Breast implant issue needs resolution

Full and comprehensive regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry needed

Following a meeting with the women of the PIP Action Group Ireland at the weekend, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the fear being felt by women who have had cosmetic breast implant procedures carried out at private clinics over the future of their health, is completely understandable and has them living in fear.

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Interview process needed for student teachers

If teachers are unsuited to their profession they will diversify into other fields resulting in lost resources to the State.

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said a screening process should be established for those hoping to undertake teaching courses to determine whether or not the prospective student is suitable for the profession. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor made the points during a recent Dáil debate.

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Time to redress the gender pay gap balance

Steps taken to increase women’s representation in the Dáil, now time to look at the world of business

Speaking following the publication of an EU Commission study which suggests that Irish women are earning less than their male counterparts, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said steps are being taken to increase female representation in the Dáil but discrimination persists in the business world.

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Benefits of bedtime stories should be signalled to parents on World Book Day

Speaking on the eve of World book Day, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy and Chair of the FG Committee on Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the benefits of reading a bedtime story with a child should be flagged with parents in the interest of encouraging reading for enjoyment by children at an early age.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to get 10% of NAMA allocation for social housing

2,000 housing units to be made available by NAMA with Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown to receive 4th highest allocation

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the National Asset Management Agency that it will make more than 2,000 houses and apartments available for social housing needs.

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Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Minister of State for Higher Education