Louisa McGrath is a city reporter for Dublin Inquirer. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Dublin's New Lord Mayor
In the first meeting he chaired, Labour’s Brendan Carr imposed some discipline, cutting councillors off when their two minutes were up – sometimes in mid-sentence.
At City Hall, a Summit on Brexit's Likely Impacts on Dublin
A broad array of city groups and organizations are expected to gather at City Hall to discuss the challenges and opportunities. You can watch via webcast.
In the City Centre, Luas Cross City Works Rush Forward
The €368 million project is at its most disruptive phase so far. But a spokesperson says it’s on schedule and on budget, and it should open by November 2017.
At Sunday Edition, a Platform for Contemporary Artists
Every couple of months, you can go hear up-and-coming and fringe artists talk about why and how they do what they do.
50% of Social Housing Won't Be Reserved for Homeless Anymore
In an April letter to minister Alan Kelly, Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan suggested that the rule encouraged people “to enter the ‘homeless’ system”.
Council Briefs: Housing Progress, Housing Delays
Progress on Cherry Orchard rapid-builds, Dominick St and Charlemont St. Delays with the lands initiative and at St Teresa’s Gardens. Danger at O’Devaney.
Should Dublin's Chinatown Get a Friendship Arch?
Just 48 people have signed a petition for an arch to mark Dublin’s Chinatown on Parnell Street. What do you think of the idea?
How to Choose a Polish Sausage
There are Polish food stores all over the city, but many Dubliners are still probably more familiar with Italy’s sausage offerings than with Poland’s.
Dublin City Councillors Dream of More Money, More Power
Some veteran councillors remember when the council had more direct income, and more discretion on spending. They’re on the lookout for new sources of revenue: like bridge tolls, and a hotel bed tax.
At Dublin Hospitals, Surgeries Are Cancelled Time and Again
Dublin hospitals cancelled thousands of appointments for in-patient and day-case admissions last year, according to documents obtained from the HSE.
The P-Word: I Didn't Use It, Says Council Chief Owen Keegan
Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan told councillors he’d made no statement about privatising street-cleaning services. But he’s still at odds with them over the Marrowbone Lane site.
Vacancy Watch: 4 and 6 Elgin Road in Embassy Land
For more than 30 years, these prime homes in Ballsbridge have been partially vacant. At one time, they were 30 bedsits.
In Ranelagh, a New Place For a Few Scoops
The caramel’s taste is pierced by a hit of Irish sea salt; as the creamy gelato melts, it leaves big chunks of chewy golden caramel.
What's Next in the Council Stand-Off Over the Eastern Bypass?
Elected councillors have voted to oppose the proposed Eastern Bypass, but that might not make any difference, and they’re not happy about it.
In Ballyfermot's Skate Park, a Lesson in Working Together
Through every stage of the planned skate park in Ballyfermot, there has been a whole lot of consultation. Some say more projects should follow suit.
Can a Brewery Save Inchicore's Social Club?
Inchicore Sports and Social Club has a history that dates back to the nineteenth century, but modern times have been tough. So they’ve invited the brewers in.
Spot Check: Are Landlords Ignoring Prohibition Notices?
We looked at whether or not some landlords are reletting apartments and homes, when they’ve been forbidden from doing so. Some seem to be.
At Harold's Cross Stadium, a Stand-off Over the Future
Residents, trainers, and some councillors in Harold’s Cross continue to push back against plans for the sale of the neighbourhood’s greyhound stadium.
At Marsh's Library, Insight into the Life of a 17th Century Refugee
A translation of Elias Bouhéreau’s diary tells the story of the first keeper of Marsh’s Library, who fled France, travelled Europe and made Dublin his home.
Does Airbnb Mean There Are Fewer Homes to Rent in Dublin?
Other cities with housing shortages have cracked down on the landlords who rent out apartments to tourists on Airbnb instead of to long-term local tenants. At least one Dublin city councillor wants to look into doing the same here.
Children's Hospital Promises to Rejuvenate Dublin 8
Part of the plan to build the new National Children’s Hospital is to make sure local residents benefit from the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of euro set to pour into the area.
Study: Sexual Harassment "Frequent and Distressing" for Women in Dublin
Women face sexual harassment on the city streets, says an unpublished report commissioned by Dublin City Council. So, what are we going to do about it?
Hops City: Want to Help a Local Brewery?
The Social Hops project lets people become part of a great hops-growing experiment, which should lead to some first-of-their-kind beers.
In the Dark?
Are Dublin City Councillors getting the information they need to do their jobs?
Crowded Houses: Another Side to Dublin's Homeless Crisis
When Dublin City Council looked at why people were becoming homeless, the problem of overcrowding featured high on the list.
Designer at Heart, Restauranteur by Trade: John Farrell
Every year or two since 2009, John Farrell has opened a new restaurant in the city: The Butcher Grill, Dillinger’s, 777, Super Miss Sue, Luna. And he’s not done yet, he says.
Which New Dublin TDs Are Taking Travel Expenses?
Three newbie Dublin TDs aren’t taking the unvouched travel allowance. And one Dublin TD says he is, but for a community fund, not for travel.
John Wolfe Is on a Mission to Tackle TDs' Expenses
About two decades ago, John Wolfe gave up his work as a builder and grew an obsession with the law. “I love civil law with a passion,” he said after a recent court appearance.
Are Our Dumps Distributed Fairly?
There are a lot more facilities dealing in waste in areas where Travellers live. Survivors of last year’s fire in Carrickmines are living beside a closed landfill. This story is available only in our May 2016 print edition.
On Sandymount Strand, A Meeting of Fire Artists
Fire performers meet regularly to practice on Sandymount Strand, which is well-suited for the purpose, with a large body of water nearby in case something goes wrong.
Will a Pledge to Help House the Homeless Get Anywhere?
More than 1,000 people have offered to help do up empty council houses or “voids” for homeless families. But it’s unclear if this effort will gain traction.
The Creeping Influence of Corn-Tortilla Lovers
Phil Martin and Lily Ramirez-Foran are on a mission to get Dubliners to appreciate the earthy flavours of real corn tortillas.
Are Our Dumps Distributed Fairly?
There are a lot more facilities dealing in waste in areas where Travellers live. Survivors of last year’s fire in Carrickmines are living beside a closed landfill.
At Project Arts Centre, Meals With a Message
For Annet Mphahlele, polenta is more than just polenta. It’s a reminder of Uganda, a reminder of her mother, and a healthy break from chicken nuggets.
With the Epicurean Food Hall Closed, What's Become of Its Delicacies?
The landlord has shuttered the 16-year-old food court, leaving its future unclear, and its restaurants scrambling for new locations.
Can Elderly People with Large Homes Help Ease Homelessness?
There are single people living in big houses, and families living in rooms. What’s the solution to the mismatch?
Can Soup Eaters Help Change Dublin for the Better?
Every six weeks, Dubliners with ideas for how to make the city better will pitch to Dubliners with questions about how it’ll work. And they’ll all eat soup.
In Rathgar, a New Cafe Invites You to Linger
If you’re a coffee-shop squatter, Fia might be your new favourite home away from home. Try the peas on toast: crushed peas and sweet-onion purée on toasted sourdough, topped with pecorino cheese and a fried egg.
A New Pavilion for Merrion Square, But What Will It Be Used for?
Merrion Square is due to get a new pavilion. But should it house an art exhibition or a memorial to emigrants, designed to reconnect members of the diaspora to Dublin?
For Dublin's Housing Crisis, Bureaucracy Isn't Helping
For developments that are in the pipeline, is there any way to speed them up?
In Inchicore, the Rebirth of Richmond Barracks
Plans to reopen Richmond Barracks in late spring seem to be on track, and many in the neighbourhood hope the new attraction will bring much-needed footfall to the area.
Is It Time to Give Documents to Dublin's Undocumented Immigrants?
It’s an annual tradition now: the Taoiseach goes to Washington to ask Obama to help undocumented Irish in America. And in Dublin, there are calls for the Taoiseach to help undocumented people here too.
Dublin's Burrito Crisis: Bad Food, Bad Regulation or Bad Journalism?
Last week, media reports indicated that two of the city’s favourite burrito bars had been hit with Food Safety Authority closure orders. Here’s what happened.
Is It Time to Delete the "Lord" from Lord Mayor of Dublin?
Next month, Dublin City Council is set to consider changing the title to Civic Mayor, because Lord Mayor is “in many respects . . . an alien colonialist term”. Sinn Fein’s group leader says he is against the change.
In Donnybrook, Future of Crumbling Magdalene Laundry Is Uncertain
Last month the property went up for sale as “an exciting and rare opportunity to develop in the heart of Donnybrook”. But some want it preserved as a testament to this horrendous part of Ireland’s social history.
Brushing Up: The Story of the Palace Bar's Back Room
Harry Kernoff used to paint some of the great writers and poets who frequented the pub, but was seldom paid. They were usually broke. One of Patrick Kavanagh’s bounced cheques is said to still be in the basement.
For Homeless Families on Mountjoy Street, a Solution in Sight
It looks like the battle by the homeless families trying to avoid eviction from emergency accommodation is coming to a close.
With Adventure Therapy, At-Risk Youth Climb out of Trouble
Hiking, camping and rock climbing lets teens be kids instead of little hardmen, and teaches them life lessons that Willie Whelan hopes will keep them out of jail.
Who's Been Lobbying Dublin City Council's Chief Executive?
Apparently, very few of Owen Keegan’s meetings count as lobbying under new legislation designed to bring more transparency to who is influencing our public officials.
As the dublinbikes Scheme Stalls, Is It Time for a New Funding Plan?
The dublinbikes scheme was supposed to be spread out across the city by 2015, but we’re not even in phase three of 14 yet. What’s going on?
HSE's Vacant Properties: Could They Be Used for Housing?
A reader asked us to look into how many vacant properties the HSE has in the Dublin area, and whether they could be used for housing. Here’s what we found out.
For Christy Burke, a Final Shot at the Dáil
Christy Burke has spent 30 years as a city councillor, with one stint as Lord Mayor and a reputation as a crusader for the homeless. After nine attempts to get into the Dail, could now be his time?
Candidate's Impossible Promises Bring Art into Political Debate
Kerry Guinan, a newcomer to electoral politics, is standing in Dublin Central on a platform that is solely about art. It gets you thinking.
In the South Inner-City, Ex-Offenders and Residents Grow Together
This year, spring might look a bit different from the windows of O’Carroll Villas on Cuffe Street in the south inner-city. On a patch of land below, work is underway on a new vegetable garden.
Dublin City Councillors Just Got a Bit More Money to Play With
An extra €3 million has turned up, to be split equally between areas in Dublin. The South East area committee is planning to spend on arts festivals, bicycle facilities and more.
What the New Waste Laws Mean for You
Will you have to recycle? How does it work for apartments? And what about the little waste collectors? Some questions answered.
On Drury Street, an Introduction to Chinese Cuisine
It’s the Year of the Monkey, and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is in full swing for the next couple of weeks. Here are a few food-related events you might consider.
How to Dance the Blues on Thomas Street
On Thursday evenings, the dance club Downtown Blues commandeers the top floor of Arthur’s Pub to teach Dubliners how to slink and slide along to blues music.
Still Waiting: Was "Modular Housing" Ever Going to Be Done on Time?
People working in the industry say that it was always an impossible mission to get the homes ready before Christmas.
Which Dublin City Councillors Attend Council Meetings Most and Least?
In 2015, some councillors made it to more than 90 percent of meetings. Others made it to less than 60 percent of those they were supposed to attend.
As Boyers Closes, the View From North Earl Street
North Earl Street and Talbot Street could do with some TLC.
A Sultan's Gift, a Gamelan Ensemble, and a Gig at Arthur's Pub
A few years ago, you would have been hard pushed to find a Dubliner who knew what gamelan was. Today, there’s something of a scene.
After a Death, Calls for a Safe Place to Race Scramblers
Could a new track in Cherry Orchard be a solution to unsafe off-road quad bikes and scramblers? It’s one option that Dublin City Council is considering.
The Story Collector: Preserving the Monto's Working-Class History
For 40 years, Terry Fagan has been gathering stories, letters, photos, books, coins and other artefacts from his North Inner City neighbourhood.
A Dublin Chef Rustles up the Taste of Pomerania
You don’t even know where Pomerania is, do you? But if you go to one of chef Eric Heilig’s monthly pop-up meals, you’ll know what it tastes like.
For Dublin's Homeless, a Precarious Right to Vote
In theory, homeless people have the right to vote. But once it gets down to the details, many say they wouldn’t know where to start to exercise that right.
Left Out: Should Politicians Make More Effort to Canvass Apartments?
If you live in an apartment, you probably haven’t been canvassed in the election build-up. Is that a relief, or a sign that apartment dwellers matter less than those in houses?
One Marine Biologist Seeks to Put Seaweed Back on the Dinner Table
Always wondered how to use seaweed in your cooking? You can sprinkle it over chips, add it to your pasta, or stir into your chili con carne, says seaweed seller Paul O’Connor.
In Emergency Accommodation, a Continued Lack of Rights for Residents
As the council struggles to find enough accommodation for a growing number of homeless people, residents’ rights have eroded and housing standards have slipped, say councillors and agencies.
A Dirty Stained-Glass Window Reveals Slice of History
A reader’s question prompted us to research a strip of buildings on Camden Street, and learn about their stained-glass history and Weatherspoons-hotel future.
In Portobello, a New Restaurant Offers Burgers and Steaks
Russell Wilde threw open the doors of Richmond restaurant about two weeks ago. On the menu: high-end dining in a casual environment.
From Vine to Wine in County Dublin: Lusca
Yes, there are Irish wines. David Llewellyn makes them from grapes he grows in his County Dublin vineyard, and sells them at off-licences and markets in city. His best so far? His 2014 cabernet-merlot, he says.
Modular Homes for the Homeless: Now Problems in Drimnagh
Dublin City Council’s plan to build 22 modular homes in Ballymun by Christmas sparked protests. Now its effort to put 29 more modulars on a site in Drimnagh have hit some bumps too.
Artists Unite in Call for More Studio Space
More studio spaces close each year, and Dublin artists say something needs to change. But what’s the solution?
Should Thomas Street Be Brought Back to Its Market Days? (with Podcast)
At one time, it seemed you could buy everything at the Liberties market stalls: fruit, veg, fish or ribbons. How can we get that magic back? Should we even try?
Can We Make Electric Cars Less Hassle?
A plan to charge for electricity for e-cars might put off some drivers, but there are still plenty of perks.
For Real Bread Ireland, a Mission to Improve Dublin's Loaves
For a year now, Real Bread Ireland has been trying to increase standards by promoting a simpler approach.
It's Time to Acknowledge the Lesbians Who Fought in the Easter Rising (with Podcast)
For some time, there has been a push to paint women back into the history of the Easter Rising. Now, as the centenary approaches, there’s also an effort to acknowledge that some of these women were gay.
At Foam Café, Helpful Gnomes and Hearty Soups
Sure, the decoration’s a bit much at first, but give in. You could go for lunch here every day for a year and still manage to spot new details.
The Battle Continues Over the Future of Wolfe Tone Park
If all goes as planned, we will see Dublin City Council’s draft proposal for Wolfe Tone Park early next year. Should it include a new cafe?
After Loss of Dublin 2020 Bid, What Should We Spend the Money On?
The city council put aside €1 million to support Dublin’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2020. Now that we’ve been eliminated, what should we spend that money on?
At Akanchawa's Honey Pot, Spicy Food in a Simple Setting (With Podcast)
At this Nigerian restaurant on Mountjoy Street, the chef cooks up five types of soup each day. But the most popular dish is jollof rice and plantain.
Council Examines Plans to Transform College Green
On Monday, Dublin City Council saw proposals to remake College Green. If all goes to plan, the design will be up for public consultation by next month.
Will the Mews Go to the Money or the Museum?
Should Dublin City Council sell the last surviving Georgian coach houses on Stephen’s Green to the highest bidder? Or to the Little Museum of Dublin?
Will Dublin Get Ride-Sharing App UberPop?
The app lets anyone with a driver’s licence and a car give lifts to passengers for money. Right now, ride-sharing for money is illegal in Ireland.
Are Gardai Getting Tougher on Protesters?
At the moment, cases against protesters are moving through the courts. Is that new? Is it political?
In Poppintree, Can Co-ops and the Council's Modulars Co-exist?
Dublin City Council says it’ll install 22 modular houses for homeless families on a site in Poppintree before Christmas. But a housing co-op already has plans for the site.
Food Trucks Are Great Incubators, So Why Don't We Have More?
Licences for casual trading are hard to come by, but that hasn’t stopped a few hardy food truckers from finding a way to ply their trade.
Whatever Happened to Exchange Dublin?
It looks like the space is earmarked for a new use.
For Better or Worse, Council Undertakes Audit of Traveller Sites
Some have voiced concern that any health and safety problems on Traveller sites may be dealt with through evictions.
From Food Co-ops to Pub Co-ops, Festival Encourages Cooperation
The Convergence has come to town. It’s trying to get people who are interested in the co-op movement to do something about it.
At The Opticians Kildare Street, a New Chapter
Next month, Colm Molloy and Jed Dowling of the Opticians Kildare Street are set to pack up their fanciful store and move it to Crow Street.
A Student Pushes for End to Herbicide on Campus
A fine art student has joined the charge to end the use of herbicides in the city. His first target? To make Grangegorman a herbicide-free haven.
For Herbert Park, a Spruce-Up May Be on the Way
People living near Herbert Park have been lobbying Dublin City Council to fix it up. Last week, the council revealed its new draft plan to do that.
At Delahunt, a Trip to the Roots of Irish Cuisine
The chef at Delahunt restaurant on Camden Street has a collection of antique cookbooks from the 1800s that he turns to for inspiration.
Is Councillor Catherine Ardagh Ready for the Dail?
Fianna Fail chose Catherine Ardagh, over Daithi de Roiste, as its election candidate in Dublin South-Central. How do their records compare as councillors?
At Beaumont Hospital, Staff Shortages Cripples Services
The hospital is trying to attract new staff, but finding it difficult to tempt applicants.
Council Fixes Dire Facilities at Traveller Halting Site
But still, nobody will fess up to being responsible for the poor conditions in the first place: mildew-caked ceilings, exposed electrical wires and damp.
Free Food: A Brief Guide to Foraging in Dublin
Chickweed and hairy bittercress salad, anybody? Chef Niall O’Sullivan shares the delights of foraging in Dublin’s inner city and on its fringes.
Is It Time for a Tenants' Union?
A lot of us need to face the fact that we’re not going to be able to buy houses, and we’re going to be renting for the long-term. The new Dublin Tenants Association thinks we should organise.
There's More to Indian Food Than Chicken Tikka
Most Indian food in Dublin restaurants is from north India. South India offers a whole different cuisine, which you can get here if you seek it out.
Is It Time to Lift Ballymun's Ban on Rent Supplement?
Has the ban achieved its goals: greater diversity of tenure and a better social mix in the area? And should it remain in place?
Programme Prevents Homelessness, But Too Few Know About It
People at risk of losing their homes because their rent supplement is inadequate can get top-ups, but many suffer because they don’t know this is possible.
DIT's Move Means Big Changes for Dublin Communities
DIT’s move from a constellation of Southside sites to a consolidated Grangegorman campus will shift tens of thousands of students, changing communities.
Councillors Seem Pleased With Prefabs, So What Next?
How much should the council spend on prefabs for homeless families? Where should the new homes go? And how fast can they be brought online? Winter is coming.
City Council to Consider Plans to Address Climate Change
The council will soon consider two new climate-change strategy documents, and councillors have a host of energy-conservation and transport-transformation ideas.
For Culture Night, a Taster Class in Burlesque
For Culture Night, Lisa Darling – aka Lisa Byrne – is offering a sample burlesque class for free. Men are also welcome: they can learn boylesque.
In Ballymun, Another Blow to the Community
The Ballymun Young Women’s Project has funding, staff, a location and plenty to do. But it might soon close anyway.
Are Those Figures About Demand for Secular Schools Right?
Lots of figures have been flying around in relation to the debate over school patronage. Should you believe them?
Do Social Democrats Have a Shot in Dublin?
With one socialist TD and four prominent Labour TDs not running for re-election in Dublin constituencies, the Social Democrats might find some space.
A Community Group Struggles to Revive Wolfe Tone Park
What once was a grassy community park is now a gravel lot used for parking, portable toilets and ticketed events. Residents want to restore it to what it once was.
In Rathmines, a Fresh Take on Music Lessons
At the Music Institute in Rathmines, Dublin’s finest musicians are looking to pass on their skills and love of the notes.
An Idea: Sell Russborough House and Bring the Masters to Dublin
Rather than gradually sell off all of Russborough House’s old master paintings to fund its upkeep, might it be better to just sell the house and bring the paintings to Dublin?
It Turns Out Speed Friending Is Kind of Normal
Like befriending programmes and support groups, speed friending is a way to combat loneliness in the city.
What's a Coffee-Brewing Class Like?
At 3FE café, coffee addicts can learn how to make the perfect brew. But beware. The effects are lasting.
What Makes a Craft Cocktail Crafty?
Two Dublin spots have launched new craft cocktail menus since the end of July, tapping into the buzz around authentic drinks.
In St Andrew's Church, a New Shrine to Design
In November, St Andrew’s Church will reopen as the new national design centre and host to the flagship show of this year’s Irish Design 2015 programme.
In Struggle Against Dog Poo, Council Staff Go Undercover
Last week, Dublin City Council began a stealthy mission, or if you’re less romantic, “practical enforcement measures”, against dog poo. Watch out for the €150 fines.
Brushing Up: Apples and Atoms by Eilís O’Connell
Sculptor Eilís O’Connell’s shiny “Apples and Atoms” commemorates the Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Ernest Walton – and also the man Ernest Walton.
Residents: Don't Let Our Temple Bar Turn Into "That" Temple Bar
Dublin City Council has decided to sell 25 properties it owns in the west end of Temple Bar. Affected businesses seem largely unruffled, but residents are worried their quiet enclave could turn into something like the temple of bars to the east.
Brushing Up: Markey's Stained-Glass Panels
Belfast artist Markey stopped at the Oriel Gallery to ask for directions to the American embassy because he was planning to emigrate. Instead, he ended up moving in upstairs, and leaving his mark on the place.
30 Years of Art at Merrion Square
For thirty years, artists have hung their paintings on the railings around Merrion Square on Sundays. On 13 September, they will celebrate their anniversary.
Despite Unclear Future, the Drug Court Pushes On
Since it was founded, the Dublin Drug Treatment Court has expanded from a few postcodes to all of the city. But staff want to go nationwide.
At Two New Restaurants, Seafood Dining Goes Casual
The owners of new restaurants Klaw and Catch 22 have a similar aim: to get Dubliners hooked on fish again.
The Iveagh Markets: Dublin's Next Temple Bar?
Martin Keane’s plan to revive the shuttered Iveagh Markets promises to bring new businesses and customers to the Liberties – and perhaps gentrification.
Councillors: Gardai Lack Resources to Respond to Crimes
It’s a rare cross-party consensus: councillors say it’s often taking Garda too long to respond.
At Lunch With... Councillor Ray McHugh
Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor Ray McHugh talks about projects in his area and why he’s against gender quotas, and argues that councillors earn less than minimum wage.
From Brazil, Golden-Brown "Pastels"
Daniel Campos came to Ireland five years ago, and has opened what’s being touted as the first pasteleria in Dublin, serving sweet and savoury stuffed Brazilian pastries.
A Boy in Ballyfermot, a Celebrity Priest in Ghana
Father Andrew Campbell grew up in Dublin and then went to Ghana to serve. Now he’s listed among the 100 most influential Ghanaians, and calls Accra home.
At Labre Park, Years Of Broken Promises
Dublin City Council has spent €500,000-plus renting crumbling sanitary units for Traveller halting sites. Who’s to blame for the condition of the units?
Council Considers Ending Use of "Carcinogenic" Weedkiller
The debate about how to kill our weeds without killing ourselves continues: Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe called yesterday for a new approach to ridding the city of unwanted plants. He might get his wish.
At Lunch With... Councillor Gary Gannon
At 28, independent Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon is still trying to find his way, politically. At the Pig and Heifer, he talks about issues from housing to abortion, and about his ambitions.
Is It Time for Reform in DublinTown?
In Dublin’s city centre, some of the businesses forced to pay a Business Improvement District levy have started to rebel.
These Streets Were Made for Eating: The Battle Over Outdoor Tables
Dublin City Council faces a balancing act. Should it encourage more outdoor seating, or would that frustrate already cramped pedestrians?
The New Children's Hospital: Opportunities vs Opposition
Plans for a new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin 8 have area residents worried about traffic, parking, noise, subsidence and drainage.
The Woman Who Wants a Roundup-Free Dublin
Kaethe Burt-O’Dea wants Dublin City Council to stop using a weedkiller she believes is carcinogenic. She’d rather see us learn to love our weeds, or spend time outside, pulling up weeds the old-fashioned way, and meeting each other.
Prefab Housing for the Homeless: Could It Work?
Dublin City Council has begun planning for the construction of 400 prefabricated houses to accommodate homeless families. While some councillors are very wary, prefab housing has come a long way over the years and other countries have good experiences with it.
Dublin's Trees: Summer's Here, but Where's the Shade?
There are a few parks and leafy corridors along the canals, where people sit and play guitars and read books and drink cans on hot summer days like Tuesday. But much of the city is glass, brick and cement.
For Some Councillors, the Poolbeg Struggle Struggles On
Councillors voted against the Poolbeg energy project. The executive ignored them. What now?
At Lunch With... Councillor Noel Rock
Fine Gael young’un Noel Rock talks Hillary Clinton, expenses, and his ambitions to be a TD.
Can Giving Up A Few Beers Help Tackle Poverty?
By setting up a local chapter of Giving What You Can, a Dublin couple hope to get others to start donating 10 percent of their incomes.
Eggshells by Caitriona Lally, Reviewed
Engaging and humorous, this debut novel brings Dublin’s streets to life through an unusual and poignant character.
At Liberties Business Forum, Locals Lack a Voice
Powerful folks in suits knocked back whiskey and talked about hundreds of millions of euros of investment they hope is going to flow into the Liberties in the coming years, transforming the neighbourhood.
At Lunch With... Councillor Mary Freehill
Over lunch at HX46, Councillor Mary Freehill talks about how she got into politics, water-charge protestors, Dublin’s housing shortage, and her future.
Councillor: Use DNA to Trace Dog Poo
Green Party Councillor Patrick Costello has come up with a three-pronged plan to deal with Dublin’s dog poo: bins, fines and – tentatively – doggy DNA.