It can be hard to keep track of promises made by politicians.

What better way than to stick them on a calendar, so that, throughout 2018, we can keep an eye on whether our public representatives have done what they said they’d do, by when they said they’d do it.

But we need your help to do this.

For the next two weeks, we’re collecting promises that you have noticed politicians make, and you care about tracking.

Perhaps, you live in the north inner city and you want us to check up in the summer on the promise to reopen the Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station?

Or you’re still perplexed at former Housing Minister Simon Coveney’s promise to end the use of hotels for homeless families by July 2017, and would like us to revisit in July 2018 how that’s going.

Or you want us to check on specific promises around housing? Or promises around spending on transport? Or hiring special-needs assistants in schools?

We’ll choose from the promises that you send in, and print them on a 2018 calendar, complete with illustrations from Dublin Inquirer, and some historical bloopers thrown in for good measure.

And from all of these promises, we’ll also choose 12 Dublin-related promises to report on during the year.

What You Get In Return

As a thank-you for your help creating this calendar, we promise to:

— give anybody who submits a promise a 10 percent discount on the calendar, which, if all goes as planned, will be available for purchase in early January; and

— give a free calendar to the 12 people who unearth the 12 promises that we choose to check up on throughout the coming year.

So, scour the media, dig out those election pamphlets, and fill in the form below. Got a question? You can reach us at


Lois Kapila is Dublin Inquirer's editor and general-assignment reporter. Want to share a comment or a tip with her? Send an email to her at

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