I was delighted to welcome the Green Party to my own home town of Blanchardstown on Friday and Saturday for our two day pre-Dail ‘Think-In’ which took place in the Crowne Plaza at the Blanchardstown Centre. The Party discussed issues like the Housing Crisis, public transport and mental health, along with preparations for the next general election.
Dublin 15 is a microcosm for urban Ireland today. We have 3 of the 10 fastest growing electoral districts in the country, and the Housing Crisis has hit families in this area particularly hard. At our Think-In, we placed particular emphasis on how councils can do more to provide social and affordable housing throughout the country.
We also discussed how population growth in areas like is putting major pressure on services like education and public transport. The new national capital plan that the Government intends to publish must provide the financing for significant public transport investment in Dublin suburbs like Dublin 15.
The Think-In was also an opportunity to plan for the next general election, and also the 2019 Local Elections. Green Party representative from across north and west Dublin met during the event and we worked on plans to increase the number of Green councillors to be elected to Fingal County Council in 2019.