Jan O'Sullivan TD Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning
As T.D. for Limerick City, I am proud to represent the constituency in Dáil Éireann giving a voice to the people of Limerick City and part of County Limerick and County Clare.
I was honoured to have been appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning in the new partnership Government of Labour & Fine Gael. As the ‘super junior’ Minister I also have a place at the Cabinet table.
There are huge challenges ahead as we work to bring our country back from the disastrous state it was in when people voted for real change and gave us a mandate to govern in coalition in the February 2011 General Election. The road we have to travel will not be easy but I know that we can restore our reputation, our economy and our shared values as citizens.
My role as Minister for Housing and Planning is a varied and important one. I want to see a transformation in the state’s attitude to housing so that all citizens, regardless of means, can aspire to a life in a secure home. Housing for me is not just about bricks, mortar and title deeds – it is about providing a sustainable environment, with housing options that suit changing individual needs, where families can thrive and community spirit is fostered.
I am determined that my role as Minister for Housing will also see substantial progress in tackling the continuing scandal of homelessness in Irish society. I am working closely with the various voluntary bodies which are committed to ending homelessness so that everyone can access secure, safe and sustaining accommodation.
My brief also includes planning reform. The developer-led planning and rezoning that has blighted communities must be brought to a halt. I believe that planning is a public good – it must aspire to create value and worth for communities, not just profit for individuals and I will introduce reform and change that sustains that vision.
Labour's vision for Ireland in Government is a vision of community, with solidarity among our people. It's a vision of freedom and greater equality, a vision of citizenship that acknowledges rights and teaches responsibilities, a vision of security, with safe streets, safe homes and safe communities, a vision of public service in a country that values the contribution of all citizens to the common good.
The Parliamentary Standards Allowance came into effect on 1st March 2010 under the Oireachtas (allowances and facilities) Regulations, 2010 (SI84/2010)
The PSA is composed of two payments:
- Travel and accommodation allowance – As a Minister of State I am ineligible for this allowance.
- The Public Representation Allowance, for which I choose the fully vouched option, can be viewed here