Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien, has said that the securing of a school site for St Joseph’s Secondary School and Gaelscoil Ros Éo in Rush, Co Dublin has been welcomed widely in the community.
Deputy O’Brien said: “I very much welcome this news and look forward to the new school buildings for both schools. A lot of hard work has gone into securing this site for the community and I would like to thank all those involved. This is great news for the community of Rush and will benefit future generations of children and families in the area.
“The community has waited a long time for this news and what we need to do now is push these projects forward as a priority for both schools. Both Principal’s, the students, and the Boards of Management are to be commended for their work in helping to secure this site and they are eager now to see new school building take shape.
“I will work alongside my colleague, Cllr. Brian Dennehy, and together we will help both schools to continue our campaign to have the school site brought forward to building stage,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
A number of Ireland’s leading motor insurers (Allianz, AXA, FBD, RSA & Zurich) have signed up to commitments on premium reliefs for motor customers, to reflect an expected lower volume of claims due to the travel restrictions imposed during #covid19 pandemic.
The following has been agreed by the insurers:
Each insurer has a different mix of customers and different claims experience and they will each assess the impact on their customers and in turn pass on appropriate financial supports directly to their customers.
The financial supports, such as refunds or discounts, applied by each insurance company will reflect their individual claims experience to date.
If extended Covid19 restrictions on movement result in sustained lower road usage and claims frequency through the summer and beyond, insurers have agreed to further review the situation.
Given the different pricing models and different customer profile of each insurer’s book, the precise amounts will vary across the market.
Each insurer will independently calculate the detail of discounts/rebates involved and communicate with it’s customers in the coming weeks.
Fianna Fáil Housing Spokesperson Darragh O’Brien has stated that the government must prioritise home building as it unwinds lock public health restrictions. The industry estimates some 5,000 homes are currently near completion and should be prioritised for work.
Deputy O’Brien said: “Our housing crisis will only get worse with predictions that less than 18,000 homes will be completed this year. We need to be building 40,000 a year to meet real demand. This deficit will mean less availability and more people stuck in overcrowded and unsuitable accommodation in the wrong place. All the while some 150,000 workers in the sector are unemployed. The cement mixer has always been a great driver of our economy and will be vital to our post Covid-19 recovery and address one of our most pressing social problems.”
“The government is currently reviewing restrictions in line with expert Public Health advice. I want to make sure that the social and economic needs of our housing crisis are not forgotten when they make their decisions in the coming days.”
“Most importantly going back to work cannot mean going back to normal. We must ensure all workers are protected as far as possible from Covid-19. We need adequate social distancing protocols on site that are enforced by contractors to ensure work is carried out safely. The 5,000 homes nearing completion should be targeted first as a step to safely re-opening the sector.” Deputy O’Brien concluded.
I have raised the specific issue of the need to ensure proper supply of PPE for staff in Beaumont Hospital and in particular our Nursing Homes, with the Minister for Health Simon Harris.
I am continuing to pursue this matter and will keep you updated.
SUSI opens for 2020/21 applications today 23rd April.
Check out www.susi.ie for everything you need to know about making a New or Renewal application #SUSIGrant
For renewal applications you will need your username, password and pin.
For new applications among the information you will require are PPS numbers and income information for 2019 relevant to your application - i.e. your own and that of parents/guardians.
Key dates for SUSI applicants in 2020
Priority closing date for renewal applications 11th June 2020
Priority closing date for new applications 9th July 2020