Has been campaigning on housing since she became a councillor. She works with Richard Boyd Barrett to bring people in need of housing into the Dail to highlight their issues. Melisa is now actively seeking to set up Housing Action Campaign that will force the government to build houses and give relief to those in mortgage distress.
Proposed a motion to use an existing building in Dun Laoghaire for the Central Library and to use the €36 million to give us our baths, to upgrade Moran’s Park and to maintain local library services – this motion was rejected by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour.
Worked with the residents in the areas surrounding AMGEM to try and protect this residential area from industrial development. A motion to have a buffer zone of 10 metres along bu the new factory was blocked by councillors from Fine Gael and Labour.
Has successfully kept the issue of a boat service from Coliemore Harbour to Dalkey Island on the council agenda. Work has now commenced to repair Coliemore Harbour and hopefully boat trips will be running to the Island this summer.
Was the first councillor to put the planned oil rig in Dublin Bay on the council agenda and spearheaded the campaign with Save Our Seafront to stop this rig.
Won a motion to keep our forests in public ownership at a council meeting in 2011 and was key to the successful campaign to Save Ireland’s Forests which organised the Walk in the Woods in Avondale in May 2013.
Proposed motions on Marriage Equality and in favour of the Right to Choose
Won unanimous support at council level for a proposal to introduce a progressive rates scheme which would small and struggling businesses get a reduction. This could have a real impact on Dun Laoghaire town but it needs government backing to happen.
Has been campaigning for parking charges to be reduced. The recent reduction in Dun Laoghaire is a step forward but not good enough.
Does not take council expenses for conferences and has consistently campaigned against the Junket Culture in the council.
People Before Profit was the only party to support prioritising a swimming pool at the baths site and to oppose giving €1.5 million to the floating pool in the harbour.
At the last council meeting Melisa’s attempt to have a discussion about the housing crisis facing Dún Laoghaire Rathdown was removed from the agenda. This was a blatant move to sweep the issue under the carpet. Saying that we will not talk about it does not mean the problem goes away.
Melisa Halpin is the People Before Profit Councillor in Dun Laoghaire. She replaced Richard Boyd Barrett on the Council after his election to the Dáil. Melisa is from Blackrock and has worked with Richard and People Before Profit since it was established in 2006. Melisa is standing in the local elections on May 23rd as a candidate for People Before Profit. In her time as a councillor Melisa has worked on many local issues including; Housing Action Campaign, Save our Seafront, Campaign to protect Dublin Bay, Water charges, Loughlinstown Hospital, Defend Local Bus Services. Melisa has been an active trade unionist serving as PRO on the Dublin City Branch Executive of IMPACT.
This government is savagely attacking special needs educational provision. In its election manifesto Labour promised to “support schools, parents and children with special educational needs by ensuring that necessary supports follow a child from primary to second level”, but Ruairi Quinn, Labour Minister for Education, has announced a 10% cut to resource hours allocated to each school.
Labour Minister Joan Burton’s recent remarks, that welfare is becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’ for some people, were disgusting. Labour and Fine Gael want to blame the unemployed for their plight, instead of the bankers, developers and politicians whose greed and incompetence caused the economic crisis.
Last January the council finally agreed to progress the proposals for a public swimming amenity at Dun Laoghaire Baths. But in May, when it came to agreeing the spending programme for the next 4 years, the manager proposed to allocate only €1.5m for the baths. Meanwhile, the Manager also proposed, to spend a €35 million on building a new library headquarters on Moran’s Park.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has proposed a €250 million redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Incredibly, the plan includes proposals for 300 multi-storey apartments. Clearly, the Harbour Company have not noticed that speculative property development caused the current economic crash. With hundreds of thousands of empty properties and ghost estates across the country the harbour company’s plan for more apartments is totally unacceptable and repeats all the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger era.
Prior to the general election local residents and the People Before Profit Alliance organised protests opposing the removal of the 46a from Monkstown Farm and cuts to the other bus services in the area. Labour and Fine Gael TD’s including Eamon Gilmore and Sean Barrett said they supported the campaign, but once in government they have continued to carry through the cuts, both locally and across the city.
Since the Shanganagh Community Beach Gardens opened last year it has proved to be a great success. There are dozens of local residents and community groups now involved and coming together in a communal spirit to grow their own vegetables. As the work on the sewage treatment plant draws to a close the community gardens are set to double in size.