So you voted in the local elections, but what has your councillor been doing since then?
This is a database of selected votes in Dublin City Council and its committees, which you can use to explore how your councillor has voted during meetings at City Hall. It’s a work in progress; we’re gradually loading up the data, so it’s far from all there.
Use the box below to search for your councillor, or to search for an issue – say housing or busking – and click on the vote for more details. If you’re not sure who represents you, you can find out here.
About the Database
At the moment, it’s tricky for anybody to find out how their Dublin City Council representative voted on key issues. Often, media reports just note whether a motion passed or failed, or the number of councillors who voted for and against.
That’s because in meetings, the votes usually happen fast and it’s not always possible to note down who said yes, and who said no. Sometimes the votes are done with hands in the air, and the electronic voting system isn’t used. The screen can be blurry for those watching over the webcast.
We’re trying to make more of this voting data available, so that if you’re looking for this information, you can find it immediately. And so that, for those representatives who run in general elections or in local elections, you can compare what they say on the doorstep, with what they actually do at a local-government level.
Because of all the challenges just mentioned, it’s going to take us a while to build up loads of votes. So if there’s a specific vote that you would like to see in the database, or if you spot an error, please let us know. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.