Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD and Dublin Central General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick met with the Lord Mayor of Dublin City at the Mansion House this week to discuss the party’s bill on regenerating the North Inner City.

The North Inner-City Development Authority Bill 2018 which was introduced in Dáil Éireann by John Lahart TD last month will for the first time put the regeneration of the area on a statutory footing.

Commenting following the meeting with Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Mr Niall Ring, Deputy Lahart said, “Our bill recognises the importance of properly regenerating the North Inner-City not just for the area itself and those living there but also for the country as a whole given it’s in the heart of our Capital.

“Our meeting was a worthwhile opportunity to exchange our thoughts regarding the bill itself and to seek the Lord Mayor’s full support for it to be passed but also to relay some of the serious concerns of those living in the area.

“As a party we are determined to address the root causes of poverty and disadvantage in the area and to driving the unique, urban development opportunities that exist there.

Dublin Central candidate for the next General Election, Mary Fitzpatrick said, “I was pleased that the Lord Mayor shared a real and meaningful vision for the future of the North Inner City and fully understood the great potential of the area.

“We must build on the short-term work carried out as part of the Mulvey Report by forging a model for urban regeneration that can be applied to other urban areas in need of regeneration.

“It has long been my belief that a statutory model has the potential to fulfil long-term commitments that are so urgently needed to regenerate this pivotal part of our city. Fianna Fáil’s bill will create a dedicated office that is supported by the State to drive, champion and promote the restoration of the area into the jewel of the crown in our Capital.

“Back in 2016 when the then Taoiseach established a taskforce on the North Inner City in a poor attempt to contain the problems that came to a head at that time, it was clear that communities in the area require a more sustainable support.

“Our proposed North Inner-City Development Authority could very well replicate the successes of other similar authorities such as the Grangegorman Development Authority, Temple Bar Development Authority and the International Financial Services Authority.

“It is critical that politics are set aside so that this badly needed project to ensure the full regeneration of the North Inner City is put on a long-term statutory footing,” she concluded.

The party will be hosting a half day conference in the Mansion House this September to raise awareness of the bill and to engage the wider public in its debate.