A New Climate Action Plan for Dublin City

Climate change is one of the single biggest threats we face in the coming years. Therefore, as a member of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee, one of the first things I did when I was elected in 2014 was to ensure that we developed a new climate change plan for Dublin City. The last plan had not been reviewed or updated since 2009. We established a sub-committee, which I co-chair with my colleague Cllr Ciaran Cuffe and in 2016 we published the first ever climate change strategy for all four Dublin LocalAuthorities. A new draft Climate Action Plan for Dublin City has just been completed. Public engagement is essential for the success of this plan, so  a public event about the plan took place on Saturday, 16 February, the Mansion House. This was  an opportunity for everyone, from the young to the old, to drop in to see the plan and can share their views. Myself and my colleague Eamon Ryan TD and Cllr Ciaran Cuffe hosted a public meeting in The Hilton, Charlemont, with guest speaker Dr Cara Augestenbourg, which was very well attended. To view the plan go to www.dublinclimatechange.ie www.dublinclimatechange.ie....

Cost Rental: a solution to the rental crisis?

Cost Rental Public Meeting Eamon Ryan, Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello will be hosting a public meeting on Cost Rental as a solution for our housing needs, in Slattery’s Pub Rathmines on Monday March 5th at 7:30pm. Watch our cost rental explainer video here: https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyIreland/videos/10157399946888066/ This week our Green Party team in Leinster House are launching a detailed motion calling for the introduction of a Cost Renal model to help bring about affordable, accessible public housing and tackle the housing crisis in Ireland, increase supply and stop runaway rent inflation. Cost Rental is an innovative way of providing long term housing to those who need it  – calculating the cost of rent from a public housing tenant on the basis of the cost of providing the property over the lifetime of the tenancy. Costs are distributed amongst a range of tenants on differing incomes, so those unable to afford a cost rental home can receive additional state support to do so. This system works well in Austria and other European countries, and it’s a model supported by Threshold, Respond!, Simon Communities, Peter McVerry, the Irish Council for Social Housing and NERI....