Amy Farrell

Sinn Féin candidate for Cabra-Glasnevin

How would you help get more housing built in the city – especially social and affordable housing?

The housing crisis has caused massive stress for many people across Cabra/Glasnevin. It has resulted in many young people/families living back with their parents in a box room, this is unacceptable. People are struggling to pay crippling high rents and as a result are struggling to get a housing deposit. In Cabra Hamilton Gardens development was mainly Built to rent, this is unfair on locals as it has prevented them getting on the property ladder in their own communities all while greedy developers are lining their pockets. This is what I want to change! I want people who grew up in the neighbourhood to be able to buy and live in the community they know and love.

Everyone should have the right to a secure and affordable home. A change of government is needed to unravel and reverse decades of bad housing policy.

A Sinn Féin government would take a different approach to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. We set out in our 2024 Alternative Budget that a Sinn Féin government would deliver greater investment, increase targets to match demand, cut out red tape which is resulting in delays of up to 2 years before a brick is laid, use new technology to build, speed up planning and introduce changes to tax code to incentivise building of affordable homes.

A team of Sinn Féin councillors will work hard on the council to tackle the housing crisis too. We'd work to deliver affordable purchase homes through Local Councils and Approved Housing Bodies at prices people can genuinely afford. Local councils and Approved Housing Bodies will deliver the new affordable homes in Sinn Féin’s government plan, on public land.

How would you help improve conditions in existing housing, both social and privately rented?

How some people are living in some council and privately rented accommodation is unacceptable . I worked a case previously where every wall in this house was black from mould and damp. There was a young family living in this home where the father had chronic COPD. This is simply unacceptable and this needs to change, nobody deserves to live like this. It's unfair and inhumane . In Ireland people should be living in the highest of standard housing where they feel safe , secure and in a house that does not put their health at risk. DCC needs to improve housing conditions for residents and private landlords need to be held accountable to their tenants.

Sinn Féin has proposed significant increases in Government funding for Councils to maintain, refurbish and retrofit Council homes. This includes a specific fund for local authorities to respond proactively to maintenance issues including windows and doors, damp, mould and leaks. Too often, a small leak becomes a huge problem because it is left for too long. We would work towards every local authority producing a preventative maintenance plan. We would also introduce a regeneration scheme for apartments and flats that are past their lifespan.

People should not have to live in damp, mouldy or unmaintained homes. We would prioritise those homes in greatest need of repair and reduce waiting lists for basic maintenance. 

What would you do to help make the city feel less dirty, tackling the rubbish and dog poo all over the streets?

Yes, the streets throughout Dublin Central are filthy and illegal dumping is at an all time high. I believe bins should be brought back under public ownership. This is what I would be calling on bins to be put back under public ownership  as well as public waste services such as bins and recycling centres.

Dublin can be a beautiful city to live, work or visit. However, much can be done to ensure we have a clean environment, including clean streets.

What would you do to help tackle vacancy and dereliction?

At a time where we have a housing crisis it is a sin that there are so many vacant and derelict buildings throughout Cabra/Glasnevin.

Many of these homes are lying idle for years. Some are being left to rot, becoming derelict and a further blight on our communities. A prime location where houses should be built is the Cabra Matts site. This site has been left idle for far too long and has become an eyesore, on this site social and affordable homes should be built and should actually be affordable and made available for the people of Cabra. 

Sinn Féin would encourage local authorities to Compulsory Purchase, where practical, and return to use derelict properties alongside increased utilisation of the Buy and Renew scheme. We would also request monthly updates to increase the collection of the Derelict Sites Levy and to speed up the return of vacant social homes.

What needs to be done to make the city feel safer?

Communities deserve to feel safe and protected. But too many people in our capital city feel unsafe. Sinn Féin have outlined our proposals to invest in the Gardaí, so we can have more Gardaí on our streets protecting communities. We would introduce a public transport policing unit to ensure people can feel safe while using public transport. We would get to grips with the recruitment and retention crisis in the Gardaí to end the huge numbers resigning. We need more community Gardaí on our streets and in Cabra we need a Garda station that is open after 7pm to give people the opportunity to report a crime. 

What needs to be done to improve public transport in the city?

Road safety and accessible transport are at the heart of ensuring people can live, work and play safely in their communities. 2023 saw the highest number of deaths on our roads in almost a decade. Dublin ranked worst, in public transport, of 30 European Cities in 2023. It’s time for change.

We recognise that many children cannot safely access school without relying on a lift from parents. This can be a barrier to parents but it also reduces young people’s independence. In government we would increase funding to make getting to school safe.

What should be done to make it nicer and safer for people to get around the city on foot and by bike?

Ensuring more active travel, such as cycling and walking, will be a key way to tackle the climate crisis. In order to ensure this is realistic, people must feel confident that they can do so safely.

We support auditing all footpaths and putting in place a programme of footpath restoration so everyone can walk and move around their local area confidently.

What would you do to help counter the rise of the far right, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ+ hate, and anti-asylum-seeker arsons?

I will be a voice for a fair, equal and diverse society. All sections of our communities must be able to feel safe and included. I believe by having conversations with our communities and giving them the respect they deserve , people are annoyed and angry as there is no housing, accessing a GP/ Dentist can be difficult, people are living in damp riddled apartments and houses, they are struggling to find school and creche places for their kids. The Government has created this mess, not immigrants and asylum seekers. Our communities have the right to be angry as they have been left behind due to decades and decades of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Our communities need to now voice their anger on June 7th and use this as an opportunity to send a message to the current government.