Speech: why I’m supporting the supervised injection facility in our part of the city

Speech: Dublin City Council rejected an application to build a supervised injection facility for those facing drug addiction. The application was for Merchant’s Quay, which I represent.

I think the Council got it wrong. Here’s what I said in a Council debate on the issue:

Speech: why local property tax cut benefits the rich – and virtually no one else

Dublin City Council can vary the local property tax rate every year, by 15% up or down. Every year they’ve had this power, they have voted to lower it by the maximum amount.

I think that’s a bad idea, as it cuts funds for public services and gives thousands to well-off people and very little (if anything) to others. Here’s my speech on the night of the debate:

Dublin needs a supervised injection facility: my submission to An Bord Pleanála

Planning observation: Dublin City Council rejected a planning application by a charity to open up a supervised injection facility (SIF) on Merchant’s Quay – the heart of Dublin city centre’s drug problem.

I think the Council got it wrong: a SIF could reduce overdoses, deaths, needle littering, and public injecting. It’s a humane, decent response to an addiction crisis that isn’t going away.

The charity appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála. I was the only local councillor to put in a supportive observation, but we won – Merchant’s Quay Ireland secured planning permission.

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Newmarket development changes: why is only community benefit space cut?

Planning observation: Developers sought permission to amend their planning permission. This is fairly standard and totally fine. In this case, it was largely to accommodate and ESB substation.

But what’s not right is that their plan was to cut space from the market space and the artist’s studio. Here’s my planning observation:

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Planning refusal for supervised injection facility puts lives at risk – Green Party

Press release: A planning decision blocking development of a medically supervised injection facility in Dublin will put lives at risk, the Green Party has warned today (Friday).

Dublin City Council today rejected plans for the facility at Merchant’s Quay Ireland in Dublin 8, which would allow supervised, safe injection of drugs indoors.

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Dublin Greens call for “Picnic on College Green”

Press release: Dublin City’s Green Party councillors have called for a picnic on College Green on the three days it will pedestrianised this summer.

The councillors have called on Dubliners to celebrate the reclaiming of the Green, by bringing food, picnic mats, friends and family.

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