We need some readers who believe in transparent government to help us to populate a database of Dublin city councillors’ votes.
We think this would be a useful resource now, so that Dubliners could easily look up how their local councillors voted on issues they’re concerned about: the use of public lands, or the lowering of the Clontarf sea wall, for example.
And we think this information will become particularly relevant when the next elections come around: some councillors will be running for higher office in the next general election, whenever that is called; and the local elections are scheduled for next year.
We already have the voting records. A kind developer, Brian Flanagan, is building a swish council-tracker website, through which the data on the councillors’ votes will be searchable in different ways.
And we’ve booked a room from 10am to 6pm on Sunday 25 March at A4 Sounds in Dublin 1 to spend a day plugging in details of votes to the new platform.
During that day, we’ll also research media mentions about councillors to add to the vote-tracker site, so that Dubliners can see in a bit more depth what their councillors have said about different issues.
We got a grant from the Open Data Engagement Fund to cover some of the costs, to rent the room and also to lay on generous refreshments.
If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to have you. We’d be grateful if you could let us know, by filling out the form below.
(We tried to do something similar by ourselves in 2016. But we found it was more work than we could handle on our own, which is why we’ve now found a grant, teamed up with Brian and are asking you for help.)