Donna Cooney

Green Party candidate for Clontarf

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

Public Housing on Public Land. Cost Rental as core part of party policy. 12,000 homes in DCC pipeline - push for these by 2027. Over the shop living. Part V at 20% brought in from July 2023, it is already providing more housing units and social mix in private builds.

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

Continue with upgrades to social housing. Reducing time due to skill shortage by Increasing the DCC apprenticeship recruitment. We sought apprenticeships and Dublin City Council are now actively recruiting.

Increasing for direct labour. This was advocated by green councillors and brought in by DCC in 2023.

We have requested that craft teams refurbish units together, so not waiting between door fixed and plumbing etc. A log of issues and a fix it team to arrange and do.

Increase inspection of private rental properties to make sure on the register and in compliance. Also changes in regulations on building standards of buy to rent apartments has increased.

More cost rental will force private landlords to reduce costs and increase value.

Regulations in EU on Airbnb to return apartments to long term rental or for purchase by LA and people to purchase as their homes.

During covid it became obvious how many apartments were vacant and were airbnb non owner occupied we sought that DCC housing use this opportunity to purchase these for public housing and they had some successl in doing so.

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

Community wardens. Extra bins. Seagull-proof bags. Shared bins. CCTV to catch and discourage dumping. Now possible under circular economy legislation.

What would you do to help tackle vacancy and dereliction?

Increasing council logging of vacant units. Push for CPO-ing. Quicker release of grants for refurbishment of vacant buildings for homes. Increase the repurposing of office buildings for housing.

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

Passive surveillance. Role for Gardai but also non-policing responses. Clean and careful. Liveable neighbourhoods. More cafes and mixed use over the shops.

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

Supporting BusConnect and major PT infrastructure investment. Camera based enforcement to get cars out of bus lanes. Lowering fares etc at national gov level. City Centre transport plan. Multi-modal connected transport. Integrated travel card for public transport and active transport hire.

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

Segregated bike networks. Zebra crossings and upgraded crossing points. 30kph. Neighbourhood transport plans funded.

Continuous pavements as in C2CC project and upgrade and widen narrow and poor-quality pavements. More pedestrian crossings. Maintenance and cleaning of pavements and cycleways.

Bike parking, bike bunkers and more indoor bike parking that we were successful in getting in Jervis, Spire and Drury Street carparks.

More mobility hubs, shared range of bikes, cargo bikes and adapted bikes.

More bike training/skills courses for all ages.

More advocacy for the society and individual benefits of active transport.

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

Greens founded on peace, equality and inclusion and are at work across Europe to support minorities.

  • Support asylum seekers. Support integration initiatives. Funding For All groups. Hosting World Refugee Day in the Mansion House.
  • It is a founding principle of the Green Party for a fairer distribution of the Earth's resources to address national and global poverty.
  • Use integration funding to benefit communities that are lacking in amenities.
  • Support creatively and cross-cultural conversations. Continue with policy of equality and inclusion working with communities.
  • More community events, be mindful of inclusion and diversity when planning and promoting all Dublin City council events.