Yes. I support the need for affordable homes, to build homes.
In a modern and prosperous society like Ireland, and more specifically Dublin, housing should be a basic right for all. How this is delivered is another question. Dublin City Council needs to be actively fast-tracking derelict sites around the city is order to meet the shortfall in supply. I would aim to put motions forward to fast-track this process.
Invest in quick and easy-to-build modular housing projects which would also be cheaper and more affordable. Support social-housing proposals that come before Dublin City Council with the realistic time-frame of completion and low costs of building. Enforcing compulsory purchase orders (after some specified time-frame) but only from the vulture funds and investment groups who are just “sitting on a land” and waiting for its value to increase.
Build public housing on zoned public lands led by local authorities. There is enough land to build 114,000 homes in Dublin. Increase supply by enforcement of CPOs on empty properties in Dublin owned by investment groups, not family-owned. Have a set time frame to turn around council properties that have been vacated.
In terms of social and affordable housing, let's face it, whatever policies Dublin City Council has, if you don't have the supply of homes, you don't have the supply. Dublin City Council should at least begin to build suitable housing and purpose-built emergency homeless accommodation.
Rather than the ad-hoc way of accommodating people in family hubs, ad-hoc buildings like Carman's Hall, or B&Bs, Dublin City Council should begin to build purpose-built. York House Salvation Army. Or Granby House. Or the Iveagh on Bride Street. The council can do that. Also where you have an AHB with property that hasn't been developed, the council should take that back, and put that to use.
In terms of social and affordable, we're going to be very much dependent on the private sector, so we should up the percentage from 10 percent of social in private developments. We also end to look at student accommodation and the way that whole model is being rolled out. It just seems to me to be a situation where all that accommodation is being built, but it doesn't seem to be homes, and it doesn't seem to be permanent. We were led to believe that students would leave apartments and flats, and go into student accommodation but no such thing is happening.
What you're looking at here is where you actually make homes available for your cities and people. I did support the new policy document from the council whereby 50 percent of voids would go to people who are long-term homeless. I think the lead group of Dublin City Council, Sinn Féin have really failed on this front.
Lobby the government to fulfill their obligations within international human rights covenants that it’s already signed up to and the right of people living in Ireland to a safe shelter to call home.
I’d also call for support of a public-housing programme for a wide range of incomes. Providing affordable green homes is one way to keep Dublin’s economy competitive and to help nourish and protect our environment as we collectively develop our infrastructure.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Economies with far less land and far greater populations have made it work for the collective good of all the people. We can learn from the positives and the mistakes of development within other cultures in order to keep our policies environmentally friendly and socially proactive.
More cost-efficient turn-around time for council homes in Ballymun and Finglas.
Make it more attractive to home owners to rent their homes or a room in their homes. Offer tax incentives. Also the amount of vacant housing needs to be addressed in the area. This can be utilised. Grants can be made available to owners or further incentives to utilise the empty homes all around the Rathmines-Rathgar-Kimmage area.
Keep pressure on government to increase supply and stop blaming the councils for lack of delivery. We’ve gone way past “us and them” arguments on housing – fix it. Two years ago, I brought our two children in to Grafton Street on Christmas Eve morning for a treat. On the way home on the bus they told me that they wouldn’t like to do that any more as the sight of so many people in sleeping bags on the street was too sad. We’ve seen European building teams build modular homes on TV in a month. Let’s do it and pay for it and give dignity back to families who would like to work and contribute and live a normal life. Somebody said to me recently, “It’s all wrong. The families are in hotels and the tourists are in the houses.” In other words, in short-term lets.
Use all land in the ownership of Dublin City Council to directly build the public housing the people of Dublin so badly need. Presently, Dublin City Council owns enough zoned residential land to provide 18,000 new dwellings, with Dublin County having enough land to provide 29,278 dwellings. Bizarrely, Dublin City Council is currently fineing itself because it has twenty-one sites on the Derelict Sites Register with the potential to provide 1,900 homes. We have the land, we need the political will. This will involve not only submitting motions at the city council Housing Strategic Policy Committee and full council meetings but linking in with the national housing campaigns and grassroots groups to demand that public homes are built and a new cost-rental model introduced.
As Dublin is facing the biggest housing crisis in its history, the rents are increasing over any limit of affordability. If the trend continues, we'll see people sharing rooms, not only houses just to be able to pay the rent. I believe that building more affordable homes should be a priority for any future councillors. I've expressed my ideas about housing at a meeting organized by the European Commission and everyone was very open to my proposals. We need to take concrete steps to tackle the housing problem.
Local authorities must get back into the business of building social housing. The Irish League of Credit Unions have offered the government a €5 billion loan to fund the building of thousands of homes. It seems like a no-brainer to use these funds instead of seeking private foreign investment. I would push hard for local authorities to be empowered to borrow for housing provision and then seek to secure a partnership between the Irish League of Credit Unions and Dublin City Council to increase funding available to the council to build social housing. These loans would be remunerated using cost rents and the proceeds of property taxes.
We won’t get out of the housing crisis by following the same approach that got us into it. We must end the financialisaton of the housing market in Dublin as well as any delusion that the for-profit sector can deliver social and affordable homes at the necessary scale. Instead of committing funds to the building of new social housing units, current policy continues to effectively subsidise private landlords and rely on tax incentives to stimulate construction activities. This is inefficient and wasteful, not to mention immoral.
Dublin City Council must ensure the existing social housing is sustainable. I would table a motion to suspend the ability of social housing tenants to purchase their houses. Ultimately, this serves to remove properties from the social housing stock at a loss to the local council. I would push for a review of the Local Government Accounting Code of Practice to bring it into line with international standards of transparency and disclosure for councils’ housing operations. I would advocate for a reduction in property tax redistribution and ringfence the additional funding, along with income from council housing rents, for use on further social housing development.
Finally, I would table a motion to have Dublin sign on to the Municipal Declaration of Local Governments for the Right to Housing and the Right to the City. It’s a symbolic declaration, but it highlights common challenges like socio-spatial segregation, financialization and housing market speculation, as well as the urgent need to put in place sound strategies for addressing them.
As this is the first question, I would like my constituents to know that my driving political philosophy is that Dublin, indeed Ireland and all nations, must acknowledge that we are under the sovereign dominion of Jesus Christ the King. The challenge posed in this question, and all of our difficulties in fact, can be ameliorated if we conduct ourselves according to His Commandments.
Specifically, to increase the supply of social homes, the council needs to become the building contractor itself like it was done back in the 1980s. This will keep down costs and separate public housing from the private housing market. To avoid the situation of vulture funds controlling vast swathes of the rental market, tariffs need to be imposed on foreign investors to make this situation less attractive.
The whole housing crisis could be improved by thoughtfully designed and thus easy-to-use web apps that facilitate more mobility and flexibility with regards to tenancies and their financing. As it is, systems are opaque, confusing and people tend to get locked-in to arrangements, with no prospect or hope of upward mobility. HAP [the Housing Assistance Payment scheme] has made some moves in this direction already.
The current consensus that the economic theory of globalism is necessary, needs to be challenged. Dublin sometimes feels like one big Airbnb, with new fully grown adults arriving here on a daily basis from far-flung corners of the world. This would entail leaving the EU to obtain that power back.
I have been campaigning for more public and affordable homes. What should be meant by affordable is linked to ability to pay, not the market rates. I would continue to campaign and fight inside the council chamber. I believe all public land sites should have 100 percent public homes. I don't believe private developers should be able to profit from public lands, especially while people are struggling to pay huge rents and suffering overcrowding and homelesness.
Support social-housing proposals that come before Dublin City Council as I have done for past five years. I have proposed a number of the housing proposals and spoken in support. Encourage new build as the most sustainable response rather than HAP or voids as has been government policy.
More homes must be constructed without delay. Similar footprint to the 1930 scheme houses Ballyfermot, Cabra, Crumlin. Excellent houses built by pure tradesmen.
Insure that in Dublin City Council's annual budget, adequate money was allocated to social and affordable housing.
I would advocate for a system that makes the local authority take control of the building of social and affordable housing and not one that allows them to sell public land to private developers or purchase houses off private developers at over-the-top prices.
I am very committed to increasing the supply of social and affordable homes in any way that I can as a city councillor. I outline below some of the approaches I will use in order to deliver on this commitment:
–Continue to support the building of social and affordable housing on public lands.
–Continue my track record of actively contributing to the formulation of Dublin City Development Plans in the area of housing provision: e.g., I intervened during the drafting of the present Dublin City Development Plan (2016–2022) in order that the housing strategy review could be brought forward significantly with the intention of escalating DCC’s response to our housing shortage.
–Continue my efforts to decrease the refurbishment turnaround time of vacant/boarded-up publicly owned homes. I have called on DCC management to increase the numbers of back-office staff to administer/monitor refurbishments and to use teams of both DCC employed tradesmen and private contractors to increase turnaround volume.
–Continue to address the problem of derelict sites and the opportunities they offer for addressing housing supply. DCC has a derelict site register and financial penalties are attached to sites that remain derelict and unused. However, I do feel that there can be improvements in this area and I am working on this particular aspect at the moment. Also a DCC staff/councillor-led task-force to identify gaps in legislation that are needed to make it possible to fast-track derelict sites to planning/construction stage is warranted and I will be proposing this. I know that some sites are locked in probate and other site owners may be elderly and incapacitated and this needs to be looked at for a way that will respect their rights on the one hand, but lead to a faster solution on the other.
–Continue to support consideration of other jurisdictions’ housing models: e.g., DCC is looking at the Vienna model of housing, which is a means-tested and needs-based model of publicly owned homes based on a cost-rental approach.
I would insist that we build social and affordable homes on public lands, with increased importance on infrastructure and facilities to create communities rather than developments. Increase the 10 percent allocation of social homes by private developers to a new 10 percent affordable, 10 percent social allocation.
I have been a member of the council's Housing Strategic Policy Committee since my election in 2009. I have consistently argued for increased social and affordable-rental public housing. The main difficulty in getting more public housing built is the ideological opposition to public housing from Fine Gael in government. The mistaken insistence that the private market can resolve our housing emergency is an example of this ideological bias. The ridiculous public-service procurement process also makes it extremely difficult to get homes actually built.
Yes. I oppose landlords who put up rents or give families notice to quit. DCC need to have a say on the rent issues. Government must play a role to prevent rent increases.
Rent pressure zones have made little impact on the affordability in Dublin. The issue is supply and the quicker this is addressed the more affordable rent will become. I would aim to speed up the processes for fast-tracking applications plans.
Change the cap on the possible rent increases from 4 percent to 2 percent per year. Establish the upper-limits of the rents for different types of houses and apartments that can only increase together with the income increases along with the national minimum wage increases and the inflation.
Cap rents while we are in the middle of a housing emergency. Set affordable rents as a realistic percentage of income. Increase security of tenure for all tenants in rental accommodation.
This business of affordability is a myth. People can barely afford a cup of tea. That is not going to change. We are not going to get to a place where housing becomes cheap. I think in relation to our most vulnerable people I think there should be stronger subsidies. I think we have an obligation to actually subsidise those who have the lower economic standing, lower wage jobs. I also think if it is possible for a person to go back to the family home, we should be able to subsidise that. People are being put into what's now going to be known as rent poverty, whereby all of the money is being spent on the rent and people aren't going out, and this will end up in all sort of emotional and mental conditions because you aren't socialising and you're isolated.
Also, I think we should be calling on the Irish Catholic Church, to begin the process to coming to the aid of the poor and those who are need of housing and shelter. It makes no sense that church grounds lying idle are not being turned into family homes. If I was to be re-elected these are the policies that I'd be advocating for.
Support current schemes like HAP [the Housing Assistance Payment].
Incentivise landlords to take up long-term leases.
Compulsory buying orders on derelict or abandoned properties. Green environmentally friendly redevelopment of such spaces so that they're feeding back into our national grid.
Rejuvenate and renovate neglected city-centre neighbourhoods.
Support community-development infrastructures so that all generations are empowered and educated to make a positive change in their local communities. The Men’s Sheds are an excellent example of this.
Seek local, regional and national Investment in the commuter areas including Ballymum/Finglas.
This will come if supply increases. It's simple economics, if supply increases prices will go down. This must be addressed. The number of landlords have dropped in the last five years, this must be questioned and examined.
Long-term affordable build-to rent schemes, longer-term tenants provide security for both parties and lessen maintenance costs. Thirty years ago I worked in Germany as a young student and renting a high-quality compact apartment suitable for your family size was the norm. Home ownership is no longer an aspiration for our young people who want to move away from the family setting. Also, so many families with children are renting in expensive poor-standard accommodation in areas in which they want to get a school place. Fish in a barrel. That’s speaking from experience.
This is a national government competency but as a public representative I would make the call and demand that real rent controls and rent reductions are brought in to ensure that nobody is paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent. More long-term, however, I believe a radical transition from the current social-housing model toward a new cost-rental model, similar to the housing model in Vienna and Copenhagen, needs to be introduced. This would see individuals, couples and families of all income levels becoming eligible for public housing and paying fair rents which would be up to 40 percent less than private market rents, which are currently squeezing the life blood out of people.
As mentioned before, high rents are a burning problem in our lives. Many people cannot meet the rent increases and are forced out of the city, and at this time we see more investment in office buildings which, in my honest opinion, feels like turning the back to the citizens.
On the immediate horizon, it is essential that the regulations on short-term letting, like accommodation let through Airbnb, are robustly implemented in order to add stock to the rental market. I would pursue private and public channels to ensure the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government provide adequate funding to Dublin City Council to establish a dedicated team to enforce the new legislation. There are currently over 9,500 properties in Dublin listed on Airbnb. Returning a bulk of these to the rental market will help to reduce rents. But the cost of implementation is not trivial, potentially €750,000, and this would need to come from central government.
I would look to build a coalition of support for a motion to create a Dublin City Council-managed, publicly searchable index of the rents charged by landlords on a property-by-property basis. This would help ensure that landlords can’t flout current rent controls and raise rents significantly when taking in new tenants.
In the longer term, I would support and seek to build a constituency of demand behind any motions that seek to adopt European models of mixed-income renting provided by public bodies. Dublin City Council has recently expressed its full support for a cost-rental model of housing – publicly owned housing for all income brackets with rent that is fair and fixed.
Such models are not new. They have existed elsewhere for the duration of this crisis, and many in Ireland have been calling for their implementation here for years. A 2017 report by the NERI institute, "Ireland’s Housing Emergency – Time for a Game Changer", lays out a roadmap that should be followed. But this can’t be implemented at council level alone and needs the national legislation.
Supply needs to increase to meet demand. Demand is being inflated by new people coming into the country from abroad. This is due to the devotion to the economic theory of globalism, which is increasingly been seen as outdated and ineffective.
Workers should not be seen as resources, but as heads of families. I believe that people should generally stay in the countries that God gave them as peoples, and this means I am not greatly in favour of Irish people moving to seek their fortune abroad either. Their skills are needed here. We have enough new foreign adults here now. I think our focus must shift towards us all living together in peace and loving harmony, without any further flux. Now is the time, as the best way to do this is to maintain a Christian hegemony. Additionally, economies and communities grow and thrive naturally through the cycle of birth, adulthood and old age. In this way there is more time for the market to provide needs like accommodation.
I believe in free-market economics but authorities such as the council and government should intervene when crony capitalism takes root. At the moment an unhealthy cartel seems to exist between the auctioneers, vulture funds and estate agents. Renting is not going to go away so tenants’ rights should be increased somewhat to make it a less socially shameful lifestyle choice – much in line of the status of renting on mainland Europe.
We need rent caps urgently. We need increased protections for renters also. The current legislation makes it too easy for landlords to evict people. Nobody should be evicted into homelesness.
Increase housing supply as number one item. Support limits on increases in private-market rents given that affordability limits have been breached. Seek to develop affordable-housing models similar to other European cities.
There was a time when every family payed a just rent to the Dublin Corporation. People were happy and the rented houses were of good quality. We need to get back to more affordable rents.
I would campaign for a rent ceiling where landlords could only charge a certain amount per room in a property no matter where the location.
Rent and house prices are determined by supply and demand, and in areas where there is less supply and more demand prices will be hiked up. This should be stopped by placing a cap on rent prices in areas where demand is high, in line with the minimum wage.
Local authorities need to build more cost-rental housing stock on public lands. There is often an argument raised regarding the heavy amount of regulation involved with local-authority projects and this regulation needs to be looked at and removed or greatly lessened. I believe that we need to make the Rent Pressure Zones more effective, as I don’t believe they are working. The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) needs to have statutory powers of investigation as it is not sufficiently effective in its current state. Rental standards need to be increased and I believe that the mooted national rent deposit scheme is a good idea to prevent unscrupulous landlords from keeping deposits.
The spiralling cost of rent is a result of the broken plan by government to rely on the private sector to supply homes. We will only have affordable rents when government moves away from relying on this model to councils building more social homes each year to increase supply which will deflate the current cost and demand for the private rental properties. We also need to protect those who do decide to rent with more protections in place. Rental terms should be longer in some cases and give tenure for the life of the tenant with the letting attached to the property.
I’m a member of the Campaign for Public Housing, which is campaigning for affordable-rental public housing using a mixed-income model to avoid ghettoisation.
Yes. I support the need to address homelessness.
For me, homelessness is unacceptable in 2019. Cross-agency work needs to happen in order to make sure no one finds themselves in this situation. Linking back to supply we need to make sure no one finds themselves without a roof over their head.
Again, build more quick modular houses and additionally set aside the good percentage of them to be available only for homeless people for free while the rest of the modular houses can be let by local authorities to the people with the social-housing needs on the Mortgage to Rent scheme. If the needs of homeless are satisfied first then invest in proper public housing (which might be more time- and resources-consuming) in the following years.
Implement a Housing First policy offering six-month beds with on-site wrap-around supports for rough sleepers. Eliminate overnight hostels. Enforce CPOs to take families from emergency accommodation into proper homes. Cap rents and enforce a better security of tenure for tenants. Ban the sale of mortgages, performing and non-performing, to vulture funds. Expand the Mortgage to Rent scheme to include people that aren’t eligible for social housing. Build public housing, local authority-led, on available zoned land. Build communities.
You are never going to eliminate homelessness. Homelessness is something that is global, how you respond to homelessness is what you need to think about. You have to keep people from falling into a poverty trap. It's not just about being homeless, it's about being vulnerable. We need to be able to look at the health fallouts first and foremost of homelessness. In terms of being able to assist people. Assisting people with rent. Whenever possible if the landlord is selling the property, the council should move in and buy that property. Dublin City Council should be appealing to people who are selling their homes to first and foremost come to them. And the Revenue should offer tax incentives if owners sell to the council or approved housing bodies. That would make sense.
Basically what we are looking here at, if you are looking at 10,000 people on the homeless list, we need immediately 20,000 homes immediately to alleviate that situation. We also need seriously to look at the possibility of relocation programmes to other parts of the country. We need to see if we can make it attractive for people in this situation to resettle maybe somewhere else with good housing, good social programmes. Won't be be able to provide enough housing in the short- or even medium-term, but what the councul can do fror people who are homeless is provide them social centres and programmes, places for them to go and good things for them to do during the day. We also have to be very careful that we don't build homeless compounds, where people are contained, and there should be a way for people to exit homelessness.
Quicker, more cost-effective turn-around of council houses.
Collective negotiation to control interest rates to enable working-class families to get on the property ladder. Affordable, accessible mortgages.
Accessible, affordable education so people are empowered to take back control of their lives and not be dependent on state handouts. Resist intergenerational poverty through accessible, affordable education in the local communities with childcare and university fee-free access.
Lobby the government to invest in culturally appropriate, local housing that suits the needs of the local populations.
This issue goes further than housing increases, the reasons behind homelessness is often addiction and other social factors. The government must increase its mental-heath services to cater for homeless affected by mental health. The second type of homeless is families and individuals who can no longer afford housing. Both types of homelessness needs to be identified and addressed.
The above points all apply. Also engage with those in homeless services to see how they could step up out of that situation. I know that a number of homeless charities do that but there is an absence of a grand plan or any sincere energy or commitment to solutions. Just money thrown at stopgaps like hostels or hubs. No inspirational plan which truly values every citizen who landed in this awful place.
Remind the powers that be that we have declared a national housing and homelessness emergency and introduce some real urgency in setting about the work involved in constructing the new dwellings on public land and introducing the new cost-rental model of housing.
This subject is worrying as we see a constant increase in people living on the streets. This is directly related to the rent increases and the impossibility of payingthe high rents demanded by landlords. The council should work to find ways to tackle and reduce homelessness in Dublin, especially because of the alarming number of children living on the streets.
I would seek the advice of people who dedicate their lives to supporting people who have, or are currently, experiencing homelessness. To my mind, the real solution to end homelessness is to offer permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Dublin City Council must pursue a “Housing First” approach to ending homelessness.
Beyond addressing the economic drivers of homelessness, by increasing the supply of social housing and reducing rents, emergency steps need to be taken to ensure the current housing crisis does not worsen. I would use my position to call for a temporary ban on evictions by banks, vulture funds and landlords of tenants for monitory reasons. I would also advocate for the expansion of the “mortgage to rent” scheme to provide a broader safety net for the thousands of families in mortgage arrears.
We also have to put in place measures that support people recovering from homelessness to reintegrate back into society. I’m a Director of My Streets Ireland, a social enterprise that empowers individuals who have experienced homelessness to become walking-tour guides of their town through the provision of necessary training and support. I have seen the transformative effect that the programme has had for graduates and I would like to see more initiatives and supports like this established.
We should have a tiered system of accommodation where through web-based software citizens are empowered to have the flexibility to move to better accommodation if they wish. Smaller micro-apartments should be built, but again with measures in place that tenants do not feel there are no options or too big a hassle to move to larger accommodation in the future. The whole welfare and tax systems need to be overhauled to allow people to work short-term casual work in a legal, fully legitimate way.
We need to open up empty homes urgently and begin building thousands of public and affordable homes. We need greater protection for renters, no one should be evicted into homelessness. We need legislation that is designed for long-term affordable leasing that has security of tenure. We need better supports for people struggling to pay mortgages on family homes. Again, families should not be made homeless due to inability to pay their mortgages.
Housing is viewed currently as a commodity. Housing should be viewed as a social need that is available to all no matter what a person's income is and in turn that creates a secure stable society has people's welfare at its heart and creates a future for everyone.
Increase housing supply, support measures to stabilise rental market to stop the inflow into homelessness, increase social housing supply, move to end family homelessness in particular using all possible measures.
Homelessness is a big social issue that needs an outside-the-box solution. Dublin City Council and the government of this country are not interested. There needs to be a workable solution to this matter. I have done some work with homeless people, and I talk to at least three homeless people every day.
Take as many properties under control of our banks and hand them over to local authorities.
This problem is nationwide, and while they may see a short-term solution of accommodating people in hotels, it's wrong – families with young children should have consistency. As an individual who worked in the hotel industry the only interest they have is the money. More homes need to be built. Individuals who wish to downsize to senior accommodation should be given the opportunity if they are in their 50s and want to live there, to free up a larger homes for families, using buildings that belong to the state and are waiting to be redeveloped. The owners of homes that are privately owned and are derelict because of damage by tenants should be given relief to repair them, so then they can be returned to the rental market at a reduced rate. Dublin City Council should hire extra contractors to repair homes so their turnaround is quicker. In some case, homes that are boarded up are ready to be repaired but it takes months to do so. This should be looked into and if the contractor DCC hires is overworked then more contractors need to hired.
The lack of housing supply/affordable housing (as addressed in Question 1) is, I believe, the primary reason for homelessness. Furthermore, there are many families and children now living in family hubs and the lasting effect particularly mentally this can have on these children should be an absolute priority. The government has a "rainy day" fund and I believe that for these homeless families including children, the rainy day is now. Whatever resource is necessary should be used to enhance the quality of children’s lives in these hubs. At the time of the early family hubs in my locality I intervened in order that families would be treated humanely. This intervention helped to set down a template regarding the treatment of homeless families. I was previously a voluntary director of a homeless charity Stepping Stone and we were involved at the early stages of the Housing First initiative and I would encourage a further roll-out of this scheme for homeless people, particularly those with addiction problems. I believe that some consolidation within the voluntary sector is needed. I know that Stepping Stone gave over their housing stock to the Peter McVerry Trust. We need to think outside the box a little more in the provision of beds for homeless people including an inventory of available empty office space.
There are many different types of homelessness. The current figures are stark and one figure that jumps out to me is 3,821 children! The result of this should have had government call for a national emergency and all planning laws etc. put aside while this crisis is remedied. The number of long-term homelessness citizens is down to a number of societal issues and we should house these citizens in dedicated shared homes with on-site facilities for addiction, health, education and daily needs provided for, of people struggling to deal with regular responsibilities of a regular homelife.
The provision of affordable public rental housing is the solution to the housing crisis and homeless. The vast majority of people presenting daily as homeless are primarily victims of the private rental market, so there should be an immediate ban on economic evictions and the loopholes allowing landlords to evict tenants if they wish to sell or give their property to a family member should be suspended while the crisis continues.
Dublin City Council needs to take a more aggressive and proactive stance with regards derelict and vacant properties and sites. I would aim to give the council greater powers with regard to taking control of vacant sites.
Introduce the vacant property levy after some specified period of inactivity. Support local authorities in acquisition of the derelict properties.
Enforce CPOs on properties and lands owned by profit-driven investment firms. Louth County Council is leading the way with over 100 CPOs already enforced. An estimated 30,000 properties are vacant and could be brought back online to home families. As land value increases 12 percent per year, investment firms are sitting on properties to maximise profits and this needs to be addressed.
The thing about vacant and derelict properties, some of those properties are not fit, some of those are in shocking state. Dublin City Council isn't going to turn around and disband regulations where you can have people living over shops and it's a fire hazard, it's just not going to do that. So unless we do that, this is going to remain an issue.
Compulsory buying orders, so the state takes ownership of the property and the people benefit as all revenue is ultimately paid back into the collective kitty.
This is essential in Dublin City and Kimmage-Rathmines, due to lack of space and housing needs close to city centre. Tax incentives need to be offered to those who cannot afford to upgrade and rent these properties, such as elderly and retired. Secondly developers who are leaving them vacant must be penalised and given stricter timelines if leaving vacant for development.
Vacant site tax being followed through. Money talks.
Increase the Derelict Site Levy from 3 percent to 10 percent and the Vacant Sites Levy from 3 percent to 10 percent for the first year, and 15 percent for every subsequent year. We are in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis in the city so any land laying idle has to be brought into productive use. This will not only have an immediate positive impact on the housing crisis but will also visually improve the look of Dublin and enhance the many local communities and particular streets that are currently blighted by derelict and vacant site.
I could never understand how the council can allow so many buildings to stay unused and vacant when so many people have no roof over their heads. In a crisis situation like the one we are facing today, every building should be put at use. I'm convinced that there are organisations offering support to homeless people and families in distress that would more than happy take over those buildings and put them at good use.
This is an area where provisions do exist, and the question is whether they can be made more effective. I would be in favour of increasing the fine for properties on the Vacant Sites Register and the Derelict Sites Register beyond the proposed 7 percent. We need to ensure that space is not going to waste, and the future of these properties are resolved faster, while still maintaining due diligence and not negatively impacting on home owners in vulnerable situations, for instance, by protecting houses that are part of the Fair Deal. I would also seek to ensure that the funds raised from the levy imposed on landlords of vacant and derelict sites would be ringfenced for social and affordable housing.
I agree with the other candidates in my local electoral area on this issue. There is obviously a financial incentive in property owners leaving sites vacant. Taxes should be lowered in the areas that are disinhibiting property owners from bringing these sites back into day-to-day use. Failing that, impose vacant site levies as suggested.
I believe that the only way to bring empty properties back into use is for the local authority to try and buy some of the properties to use as public housing and to introduce a vacant property tax. There is currently a vacant site levy but its not being properly enforced. The levies or taxes would need to have no loopholes like in other countries and cities and fully enforced.
The tax I feel would have to be at a high rate to ensure it forces owners to obey. If they don't obey the council can take the land or the properties into public ownership and use them for social good, i.e. public housing. The tax collected should go to building public housing.
Make vacant property levy which I was involved in initiating back in 2013 bite. Support Dublin City Council in seeking to acquire derelict properties.
Dublin City Council must apply large fines for anyone who does not keep their building and sites in order.
Issue a fine that would increase each month it was not paid and after a certain amount of time the property comes under control of a local authority.
I know that Dublin City Council have the power to use compulsory purchase orders if they have the desire to do so. However it should not be left for 15 years to use they way the did with the Drake in Finglas. Derelict buildings are eyesores in a community. They brings the area down and reduce house and building prices. People then start to sell and leave the area, and this is when the big developers start buying. There should be a system in place where a purchaser of a site or building needs to show what their plans are and the time frame they have to deliver that plan. If it is not done in that time, the local council should be able to step in and inquire why.
DCC has a Derelict Sites Register and financial penalties are attached to sites that remain derelict and unused. However, I do feel that there can be improvements in this area. There is a need for a DCC staff/councillor-led task force to identify gaps in legislation that are needed to make it possible to fast track derelict sites to planning/construction stage. I know that some sites are locked in probate and this needs to be looked at also. I have addressed the boarded-up homes issue in Question 1 above.
We should have a yearly survey to assess what are the particulars of vacant properties or derelict sites and if needed tax where necessary .
Immediately implement the existing derelict sites legislation and the existing vacant site levy. If this doesn’t improve the situation, the vacant site levy should be increased.
DCC have no role in transport. We can pass motions and send them to the minster for transport. I would use my position to address by motions to the SPC policy committees and then hold the minster to account.
Although public transport in Dublin has improved dramatically over the past 20 years we still have a long way to go. A rail link between the city and airport is still not in place after all these years of discussions and planning. For a European capital city we are lagging behind our neighbors. I would be in favor of the revised MetroLink plan from the city centre going ahead as soon as possible.
Increase the bus and Luas services as well as invest in the alternative public transport like electric cars hire, bicycles for hire, and maybe in the future also the electric bicycles and e-scooters which could also be easy to let via the phone app and/or the Leap Card.
Increase the number of buses on the busiest commuter routes to avoid overcrowding. Address anti-social behaviour on buses, Luas and trains by increasing security and rolling out an option to text in real-time reports of incidents in transit similar to Luas. Extend train services to suburbs currently only serviced by bus to reduce road traffic and times of journeys.
The best way to improve public transport is to appeal to people to be less hostile while they are out there on the road. There is a finite amount of space out there. There's the Luas coming through, bus corridors stopping and coming and changing, bike lanes that go nowhere. I think the best thing we can do is set out an entire plan to give people an idea of how this whole plan altogether is going to work.
At the moment, one week it's cycle tracks, another week it's metro underground, next week it's trains, it all gets very confusing. There was a time when people could get around the city on foot but now the footpaths are such a mess. I think if people move their cars out in their apartments or wherever, you're still going to have congestion. I'd also be very careful of privatised public transport coming in.
Invest in safe cycle lanes and promote existing grants for bikes for example the DublinBikes scheme.
Quality bus corridors. More buses on time. Provide bus shelters and benches for people to sit on while they wait. Provide these in all parts of Finglas and Ballymun and not just in the "posher parts" of Dublin. Working-class butts need to rest too. A utopian goal would be to mimic Luxembourg and have free public transport. It’s an exceptional international model of public transport working for the public on a multitude of levels.
Expand the Luas line to connect with Ballymun/Finglas and the airport. This would make our local areas prime real estate and encourage investment and positive development into the local areas.
I cycle to work, and see the need for more cycle lanes. I enjoy cycling but it needs to be made safer. Further, the Dublinbikes scheme is excellent but needs to be extended to include Dublin 6. Further the number of buses in rush hour need to be increased. Buses pass me by full at 8am. This is not good for the area.
Listen to citizens who have made upwards of 30,000 submissions on the flawed BusConnects proposals. React properly to those submissions and go back to the drawing board – but with us, not against us.
I would continue to advocate for the prioritisation of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users over the private motor car. Unfortunately, due the weak nature of local government in Ireland, Dublin City Council has little real influence in public transportation matters, that competency lies with the National Transport Authority. So I would call for more public transportation decision-making powers to be devolved to local government, so that our Transport Strategic Policy Committee becomes the forum through which elected representatives, members of the public and all the other stakeholders can democratically discuss and decide on public transportation matters.
I've travelled to many countries and Ireland has some of the most expensive public transport. There are no proper investments in public transport in order to make this a real alternative to personal cars. Dublin has potential when it comes to public transport, but it feels that this aspect is always at the bottom of priority list.
As many are aware, plans are ongoing regarding the development of BusConnects and the Metro. While the decision-making power for these processes primarily sits with the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, I would want to see, and advocate for, a much greater interchange between Dublin City Council and these national bodies.
It is imperative that communities are viewed as implementing partners in the development of these transport initiatives, so as to develop a future transport system that works for commuters and the communities living in the city. So far, this has not happened, and I would use my position as councillor to advocate for a more thorough and sincere approach to public participation in this area.
We need a much more effective and efficient public transport system in Dublin, both for improved quality of life and in order to make real progress on climate change. We need to incentivise the use of public transport, as well as cycling. I would seek expert advice on how to introduce a congestion charge, between the canals, which could be used to subsidise the cost of public transport. I want to see the cost of public transport decreasing, not increasing as it currently is.
I tend to think that a subway system is the best way to go. These have been implemented worldwide for more than a hundred years. I don’t like the Luas and think it was very poorly designed. It should be scrapped in favour of a robust subway system. I like the standard bus fare idea proposed above, as an immediate short-term solution, as there is a pause in traffic flow every time a bus stops.
Firstly I would campaign for free public transport. We need to stop selling off bus routes to private entities and take those routes privatised back. Public transport run by private entities for profit does not work. The service becomes compromised for annual profit margins. We need to increase the frequency of all our public transport especially at peak times. I use public transport daily. Morning and evening peak times it can be impossible to get a place on a bus. I know the Luas is very busy and packed at peak times. Public transport, if used correctly, can reduce our city's congestion by reducing the amount of cars and in turn reduces carbon emissions. Public transport needs to be a huge part of addressing climate change.
Support additional bus priority measures such as bus gate. Ensure Luas system operations are maximised.
In my mind we need more Luas-type systems. But not at all costs, and not with the removal of mature trees, and not with the removal of public open spaces. There has to be more transport, but not at all costs to communities.
Have small buses run into areas with an ageing population linking them to the main bus routes.
Privatising the buses has not worked as the owners are only interested in profit and not the people that use the service. The National Transport Authority should be looking at ways to incorporate a local services funded by them to take the shortfall of people who are not getting a proper service or take back the bus service themselves. Bus prices have also gone up, making it more likely that people will take their car rather than use the public transport (but we really cannot call it public when its privately owned).
I would position myself on the Transport Strategic Policy Group within DCC and use that position to further liaise with National Transport Authority/ Dublin Bus/ Irish Rail to improve services. Public transport needs to be more accessible and include more orbital routes. The cost of public transport is very expensive and many bus users pay €1,400 per annum for a standing journey. There needs to be better provision at Dart stations for commuters with mobility issues. For example, staff should be readily available to assist with wheelchair ramp usage, and when lifts in Dart stations break down there should be back-up plans. There is a need also for staff presence in order to provide passive security at stations. Irish rail will shortly be going to tender for the production of more rail stock to satisfy demand and the production of this rail stock needs to be fast tracked.
Public transport should be free in Dublin and more frequent, with an emergency need for green transport.
I support the positive aspects of the BusConnects and MetroLink projects. I have always supported increased public transport services and I believe the aim should be to provide cheap, or ideally free, public transport to discourage car use and encourage public transport use.
Yes. I am pleased to say one going into my area: Spencer Dock to North Strand.
I cycle to work every day and this is an area I am particularly passionate about. Expanding the hugely successful Dublinbikes scheme to other areas of the city and suburbs such as Ballsbridge needs to be a top priority. We also need to significantly invest in cycling infrastructure around the city. There is a need for designated bike lanes to make cycling in the city safer and stop this "driver" vs "cyclist" tension.
Increase in the bicycle lanes and make them also available for the e-scooters in order to avoid the e-scooters riding on the pavements and posing the danger to pedestrians.
Improve safety measures for cyclists across the city with increased campaigns and safety training for public-service drivers. Review cycle lanes on the busiest roads and junctions in the city centre and address congestion issues during peak hours.
The point of the matter is you can improve cycle infrastructure but you have to improve road use behaviour. We know when we have improved cycle tracks we haven't improved road use behaviour. I've gone out and watched. It's just chaos, you don't have enforcement. And on top of that you have people going around willy nilly with a complete disrespect for the rules. So I think we need to grow up as a city. I think at the end of the day when people are in transit and they're moving from place to place, they need to have more respect for each other.
The Irish state has already committed to reducing energy. It’s essential that we have councilors that understand how to hold government to account in this regard so the finance can be redirected to improve local infrastructure in an environmentally friendly way.
Again more cycle lanes needed. Widen roads and have clear marking for bikes. Extend Dublinbikes stations to Dublin 6. I cycle to work, and drop my daughter to crèche on the bike.
Improve cycle lanes and visible Garda enforcement on traffic laws which is barely in existence.
As someone who walks, runs, cycles, hops on the buses and the odd Luas, as well as driving around the city, I am convinced, more so now than ever, that we have to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport and allow the people of Dublin and the city itself to breathe a little more easily. I fully support the demand to increase the percentage of the national capital budget for transport allocated to cycling and walking to 20 percent and would use my position as a Dublin City councillor to ensure that the five principles of the Cycling4All campaign are adhered to when trying to achieve a more cycle-friendly city, namely: that the space for walking and cycling needs to be segregated; priority must be given to pedestrians and cyclists; routes need to be coherent and comprehensive; permeability for cyclists and pedestrians needs to be far better than that of cars, with contra-flow being regarded as an obvious, sensible and inexpensive way to achieve that permeability; and finally, that best cycling guidelines need to find their into the planning policy and practices of both national and local government.
Dublin is a very crowded city. It saddens me to see that the use of alternative transport, such as bicycles, scooters and electric scooters is not promoted enough. And I cannot understand why people with electric scooters are fined by the authorities, instead of welcoming this alternative to road transport. I was recently in Warsaw and I was amazed by the numbers of electric scooters on the streets. They even have a city company that offers the same service as DublinBike but they use electric scooters instead. People should be encouraged to use alternative means of transportation and Dublin should invest in infrastructure for this. It's good for the environment, it's good for health and it would ease the crowding on the streets.
Two clear messages have emerged on the doorsteps. On the one hand, a lot of people have told us that more must be done to protect cyclists. On the other, we hear concern, particularly from older people, about being hurt by cyclists while walking.
Appropriately designed infrastructure would protect vulnerable road users, not pit them against each other. The troubling situation that currently exists stems from the fact that roads are viewed as a facility for cars primarily and other road users are an afterthought in the design process. The result is an inefficient and dangerous system.
Being a cyclist in Dublin, as well as a driver, I know which situation I feel safer in. A cycle through Dublin in morning traffic can feel like a video game. Cyclists are quite inexplicably put in bus lanes, a scenario which is precarious for all involved, but only potentially fatal for the person on the bicycle. Similarly, they often have to navigate past cars parked in cycle lanes which forces them into traffic. A nuisance for drivers, but again, only potentially fatal to the cyclist.
There are solutions that would alleviate these challenges and make our roads safer for all. These are laid out by the Cycling for All Campaign. I would push for their implementation throughout the city.
The Cycling for All Campaign is also advocating for decision-makers to provide funding for walking and cycling amounting to at least 20 percent of the capital budget for transport every year. I just took a quick look at the latest census figures where, in Dublin, 27 percent of people (that is 205,508 people) indicated walking or cycling as their primary means of transport. So 20 percent of the budget seems only fair!
Some people don’t like cycling no matter how many safe and fenced-off cycle lanes you create. Motorists in Dublin are generally very considerate to the movements of cyclists, taxi drivers particularly so. The one-metre rule for motorists passing cyclists was an overreach of authority, in my opinion. Cyclists are still breaking the rules of the road in large numbers. Dublin City Council should consider implementing an electric scooter scheme in addition to extending DublinBikes, to avoid private companies cherry picking locations in a haphazard way in the future, and to facilitate people who may not feel they have the necessary fitness to cycle yet.
Our cycling infrastructure is inadequate and in places dangerous. Cycling needs to be taken seriously as a form of transport in Dublin.
City planners need to listen to cyclists and look at cities that have successful cycling infrastructure. One policy I would like to initiate is to create safe off-road cycling paths linking them to schools. This will encourage more children and parents to cycle to school.
Support various significant projects which are now underway in city in 2019. Seek to ensure that Dodder Greenway is commenced.
My vision is people cycling to work, or school or college, families out cycling, all in a safe cycle street or route only for bikes. No no no no cars or trucks or buses. There would be a dedicated number of routes through the city for people on bikes. Happy days for all if we can do this.
Encourage more people to avail of existing infrastructure and insure they are properly maintained.
Some parts of the cycle tracks are extremely dangerous and need to be addressed. I think cycle tracks should be a distance for the road and not on public walkways. The should have their own mini road. Also, I think children need to be aware when cycling and should know the rules of the road. There used to be a traffic school that children would got to on a school outing. That should be brought back.
I would continue to input into the Dublin City Development Plan to improve cycling infrastructure. I proposed several amendments to the Dublin City Development Plan 2016–2022 to encourage cycling in the city. These included immediate improvements to thoroughfares and junctions; that road safety audits be made public; that awareness and education be increased through initiatives such as Green Schools travel flags. I also signed up for the cyclingforall.ie campaign and will do my best to further its principles of space, priority, continuity and quality, permeability, contra-flow for cycling, and integration/connectivity for cyclists. I am a cyclist, recovering from a bad cycling injury so I know how dangerous it can be.
There must be dedicated cycle lanes throughout Dublin including suburbs in and surrounding Dublin. We can no longer paint a line on the street and call it a cycle lane.
I commute to work by bike and I understand the dangers and difficulties of cycling in the city centre. I have been supportive of improved cycling infrastructure across the city where the proposals do not involve routing vehicular traffic through residential areas. Viable cycling infrastructure will discourage car use with the resulting health and environmental benefits.
We all have a role to play in this important area.
We need to address climate change on a community level in order to make a real difference. This May I am trying to set an example and going poster-free (plastic-free) for the 2019 local elections. I would also strongly encourage other candidates to abstain from the use of single-use plastics. We must be the change we seek, and align the green agenda with our actions by going poster-free.
Switch to electric cars/bicycles/e-scooters and increase the installation of the home solar panels and other renewable energy technologies.
Carbon taxing homes is not the solution to climate change and is only taxing families when it’s big companies, oil and gas companies for example, that should be taxed over carbon. We need to look at phasing out all fossil fuels and encourage investment in renewable energy sources.
I think there's so much the council can do to address climate change that it's like where to you start. We have vast amounts of senior elderly buildings that need to be retrofitted or they need to be taken down. In terms of the council's own waste management in its social housing, it's disgraceful how we do that. In terms of how we incinerate waste down at Covanta, I'm totally against that. We should be getting into more recycling. We should be looking at reducing emissions from cars. Planting more trees within the city area. And we need to be monitoring these situations really really really well. And we need to be giving incentives to people to improve their behaviours in these areas.
The council has a climate action plan that has been formulated. The government in contrast really hasn't done very much. The city is growing enormously. We have to get real here. We have the capacity we can do this. We can only do this together. But we can only do it if we change our behaviour.
I’m running my entire campaign paper-free. I refuse to hand out paper leaflets full of empty promises. You won’t see my face on large plastic posters littering your streets. I’m running a virtual, online one-woman campaign. That’s leadership. That’s lateral thinking. That’s risking my possibility of election for the sake of protecting our local environment.
Enable and empower our local schools to educate the next generation on the importance of climate change so the power is in all of our hands to protect our local environments and further afield.
Promote grant opportunities for green energies for local homes, businesses and institutions so that it’s an interconnected effort for a brighter future for all.
Invest in green energies for our local neighbours and provide solar panels for all local homes and businesses.
Invest in tidal energies and wind energies that feed back into our national grid to help power all of our neighbourhoods. As an island Ireland has incredible natural resources that require harvesting in a way that nurtures and protects our lands and our people for generations to come. It would also provide much needed jobs in the development of a green energy infrastructure. We need to harness global ideas in order to improve local experience.
Promote the use of public transport and cycling. Have more recycling centres and bottle banks.
It starts at home – buy less, create less waste, use less plastic, refuse plastic, give your old clothes to charity. At a council level, segregate waste in street bins, currently not recycled.
Call for the full implementation of the Dublin City Climate Change Action Plan, which seeks a 33 percent better energy use by the Council by 2020, a 40 percent reduction in the council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, aims to make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events and wants to actively engage and inform citizens on climate change. Alongside these minimum targets at the council level, I will use my public position to call for a more enhanced role for local government in tackling climate change, identified recently in Mary Murphy’s report More Power To You: Stronger Local Government Means Better Local Services as a key actor in the public administration sector in leading the initiatives that will help us transition to a low-carbon society.
As per the previous answer, the council should take into consideration promoting alternative transport. Too many cars on the streets are adding to the pollution but there is not enough infrastructure for people to be convinced that they can use alternative transportation safely. I've also sadly noticed that I don't see as many fish in the Liffey as I did years ago. This is the fault of people who throw garbage in the river. If you take a stroll along the Liffey you will see too much garbage when the tide is low. People should also act more responsibly and not use the riverbed as a dumping site.
I have spent the last five years working with Mary Robinson on climate justice. Local action on climate change and sustainable development is a core motivating factor for my entering this election race. I am pleased and relieved that Dublin City Council is now home to the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office and I will support the work of that team to the hilt. There are dedicated people doing hard work in the name of climate action in Dublin already, including Codema, the energy efficiency agency, and they need to be fully resourced to realise the ambition of the Dublin local authorities' Climate Change Action Plans which were recently published for consultation.
I want to see Dublin become recognised as a global leader on climate action. Within the next three years, I want to see the city established as a leading member of the Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest cooperative effort among mayors and city officials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks in cities. I also want Dublin to become a member of the C40 Cities network – a group of cities globally that are taking bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.
By working with, and listening to, communities, Dublin City Council can ensure that local climate action is effective and delivers tangible benefits to the people living in the city – benefits like reduced heating and electricity bills; safer, cleaner transport systems; and a greater supply of fresh, locally sourced produce.
I would like to see the establishment of local assemblies on climate action and sustainable development, to allow the public to learn about, and contribute to, the fight against climate breakdown. In Phibsborough, I have been working with the Ladder to run a new initiative that is helping the community take local action to tackle global challenges. One night a week for the next six weeks, the public will come together to work on three projects focused on enhancing the local environment and the local community. The best thing is, anyone can take part.
The concern about climate change seems to me closely linked to moves towards global governance, and carbon taxes a way to fund this change. I don’t believe everything we are been told about it. Why is China exempt from carbon-emission restrictions? Carbon dioxide is food for trees. I do fully believe in damage to the environment though from harmful chemicals from industry however.
I think it was wrong of the council sending out men on quads with 300 litres of glyphosate on the back driving around spraying everywhere. Weeds should be pulled or strimmed as opposed to being sprayed and this is an example where small local jobs could be done with the full consent and knowledge of the Department of Social Protection, and Revenue, by people looking for extra income. A kind of ad hoc, casual-work economy.
Water charges should be increased slightly for the fast-food industry to encourage more frugal consumption. This proposal should be presented to the Oireactas/Irish Water. Also the only local place for folks to dispose of batteries is the little boxes provided by Aldi by their windows. Thanks to them for that.
Dublin City Council can play a huge role in addressing climate change. It's not about individual responsibility while we can all make positive changes. It's the big-business polluters that need to be tackled. Dublin City Council has the power to enforce changes on big business polluters in Dublin whether that be through the rates system or enforcing other changes. The council can look at ways to reduce the city's plastic use, better recycling facilities, how to create energy with solar panels and wind, and to be more efficient with its energy usage. Addressing climate change and housing should be Dublin City Council's top priorities.
Support energy efficiency measures in Dublin City Council's housing stock. Advance the measures in the council Climate Change Strategy recently adopted. Support modal shift to walking/cycling. Support electric vehicle usage.
Climate change is a very urgent and important matter that cannot wait. My immediate part solution is simple. If we in this country were to wake up in the morning and do one thing to reduce the effects of climate change, I would say we should get rid of every plastic item in our houses and workplaces. This would have a major impact on the planet. The question needs action on a number of fronts by our goverment, and if there is not action within the next two years, the government will be fined by the EU.
More information and awareness is needed on this issue, so a door-to-door campaign telling residents how they can help reduce climate change.
We all need to do our bit for climate change. Recycling should be made easier for people. A lot of people, including myself, find it difficult to know what plastic can be placed in the green bin. This could be addressed by manufacturers placing a clearly visible mark showing whether it;s recyclable or not. This is only on some plastic, not all. Also, the manufacturers need to be encouraged to use only recyclable packaging.
I am working to increase DCC’s current recycling capacity and have made a submission to DCC’s Climate Action Plan in this regard. Currently, there are a range of potentially recyclable goods (e.g. small scrunchy plastic and certain black plastics) that DCC does not have the proper machinery to recycle. I am working to make sure this machinery is provided. The recycling centre closest to my local electoral area, Shamrock Terrace, North Strand, is too small and I believe that DCC needs to move to a larger recycling premises as I see a lot of recycling opportunities at a larger more accessible premises (employment also). I will also push to extend opening times at bring centres.
–I am working on introducing "3 for the Sea" along our coasts.
–I continue to work to make cycling a safer and more attractive option.
–I proposed DCC traffic safety audits near our local schools to implement safety measures to encourage children to walk to school.
–In addition, I am actively involved with several local environmental groups.
Free, green, frequent public transport should be the biggest focus for a councillor.
Discouraging car use, encouraging walk-to-school initiatives, banning unnecessary plastic wrapping, installing solar public lighting where appropriate, etc. are some of the initiatives that we as individuals or councillors can support to play a small part in tackling climate change. The major causes of climate charge are the large industrial companies and multinationals so until we seriously tackle that section of society we cannot impact on the dangers to our living environment. Unfortunately, profit will always be prioritised over the environment unless public opinion or legislation force a chance of attitude. Frighteningly, the president of the USA is leading the charge against acknowledging climate change even exists.
Illegal dumping must stop and dog owners must clean up after their dog's poo. It’s a big issue in the city. I call for more dog and litter wardens to address this.
Taking pride in our community can play a major role in this. I am part of the green campus in my workplace and am passionate about trying to get the wider community involved. Community involvement is so important and the more awareness people have the more progress will be made. I want to see everybody play an active role, not just the council.
Increase the number of the special bins for dog litter next to the regular bins on the streets and in the parks. Increase number of the street-cleaning services with the special equipment/cleaning machines. Educate people on the issue via public ads like the ones for binning the gum at the bus stops.
Increase surveillance and fines in the areas where dumping is most prevalent. Arrange special collections for items that cannot go out in regular bins or recycling bins. Mattresses, pillows, electrical items and other household items could be collected once per quarter to reduce the dumping of these items. Provide more specialised bins in parks and walk ways for dog poo and staff regularly on patrol to enforce fines. Increase awareness of the issue with targeted media and social-media campaigns and talks in schools to educate the future generations.
Where people do illegal dumping and where there's dog poo on the street, the council has laws and we need enforcement. We need more staff out every day, more public domain officers out on the street 24/7 proactively tackling offenders. I know the street cleaners do a great job. But if people are going to keep dumping then these people have to be targeted, they have to be prosecuted and they have to be identified. It's all too bad since we brought in waste charges that people are going out and dumping waste.
And I believe that people who see people's dogs dumping on the street, they should report them. You're not informing on them. This is not some sort of 1960's IRA thing. We seem to be very hostile. When you ask someone to clean up after their dog, they'll get very abusive. People are fearful. Council officials and staff know that, that when they go out and do this job, they could be attacked.
Increased prosecution and fines for breaches of the law. Use the revenue generated from the fines to reinvest in local education schemes that educate the young people all about the value of our neighbourhoods and the importance of respect.
Use additional funds raised to reward local residents groups with paint, gardening equipment, plants and financial support to help them as they endeavour to make their neighbourhoods a nicer space for all.
Dog poo is a serious issue for those with young kids, buggies and wheelchair users. Serious fines must be upheld and signs posted. Further, dogs need to be kept on leads, as this identifies owners and makes our neighbourhoods safer.
Enforcement and fines – never happens. Periodic large items collection by council of bulky items including metal, plastic, wood to avoid illegal dumping
To fully implement the motion passed that I proposed in July 2017 to fully remuncipalise waste services in Dublin City. Dublin City Council spends €1 million of taxpayers’ money each year collecting illegally-dumped waste, a by-product of the privatisation of the service. Increase the number of pubic bins and dog poo bins in every estate in the city.
There are clear laws about these issues, but unfortunately they are not enforced. Way too often I see people throwing things on the street without any shame and most important – without suffering consequences. The parks are full of dog poo and people are not bothering any more to clean up after their dogs. They don't realise that they'll return to the same park or street that will get dirtier with every day going by. The authorities should take a tough approach to these matters and enforce the law. It's embarrassing how dirty Dublin had become, especially in city centre.
This is one of the most challenging issues to resolve in the city. There can be no doubt that more resources are needed to tackle littering. But there’s also cultural and economic factors at play, particularly in terms of illegal dumping.
Illegal dumping is an issue of environmental justice. Though there is debate about the drivers of illegal dumping, there can be no doubt that the burden falls heaviest on communities with greater socio-economic disadvantage.
Solutions must use environmental justice frameworks and tackle the social dynamics that lead to these outcomes, such as inequality and poverty. It was wrong that waste collection in the city was privatised. I would use my position to call for a reversal of that decision. Our taxes should cover waste collection, plain and simple.
I would like to see recycling incentivised – so that there is little or no cost for disposal of recyclable waste. I would also like to see a more comprehensive approach to biodegradable waste. I would need to engage with experts in this area to best understand how to achieve this.
As for the dog poo, again, we need more resources, more bag stations and more bins for disposal (which would of course need regularly collection). We also need greater monitoring and enforcement of fouling charges. The real concern I have is for the people who pick up dog poo, and bag it, and then put it back on the street. Who are these people?! I’d love one of them to reach out to me, even anonymously, so that I could understand their motives and maybe then take action to address it!
Last week, doing a canal clean-up in Phibsborough, I pulled two traffic barriers, a couple of tyres and a bicycle out of the canal. You can’t legislate for that kind of wilful disregard for our environment. There is a need for increased awareness of the value of our environment and a greater sense of pride of place in much of our cities. I would support any awareness-raising campaigns that set out to achieve this.
Public bins need to emptied more regularly. There should be more bins too. Nobody wants to walk and extended length of time with a used package in their hands. I agree with the idea mentioned above that the council should take back complete control of household and business bins – waste management. Privatisation has not worked well.
The advantage of council control would be that there would be a single colour-coding system for the various types of bins. More than one type of green bin should be provided to push the original user to help in the sorting process. The recycle bins, of whatever amount of types, should be free. A graded penalty system should be administered parallel to this to discourage abuse of the recycling bins – according to the amount and type of incorrect waste placed in them. An effective bins service will reduce illegal dumping, I believe.
The DNA testing of dog poo idea seems clever as in reality it will make people think twice because they will wonder if the test could be administered if they walk away. In effect it would be a strong deterrent, without necessarily involving a huge amount of actual tests when it is up and running. This would take time to roll out beginning with all new puppies’ DNA logged to a database. In the short term, quickly biodegradable bags could be posted to dog owners on request, and the waste could subsequently be pushed under nearby hedging or shrubbery, at least in public areas.
Refuse collection is probably one of the most important services in our city. Without it, our city stops functioning. It's vital that everyone can afford to use it. First of all our refuse collection needs to return to public hands and under the control of Dublin City Council and removed from private companies. It's clear the cost is becoming prohibative for many, so we need a service that ensures all our wasted is collected and disposed of correctly. One of the first cost-cutting measures of the local authority in the crash of 2008 was to reduce the number of public bins. I would fight to increase the number dramatically including recycling bins and services. Water fountain and taps are needed across Dublin so people can refill and reduce the number of waste with plastic bottles.
We need litter wardens in areas, dog poo is a big issue for people. Some dog owners are just refusing to clean up.Yes, more bins for the dog poo are needed but if people feel that there is a chance they could be caught and fined they will begin to clean up after their dogs. It is becoming a health and safety issue especially for children playing in public areas.
Support education measures, additional enforcement resources and increased street-cleansing staff.
This is my favourite topic. Litter, dumping, dog shit. The first thing I would say is it starts at all families' kitchen tables. Showing our children the correct way to dispose of different types of waste, including dog shit. I think the children get the correct guidance. Now, dumping: recently I was driving around my area and I spotted three bags that was not there three hours ago so I stopped to investigate, thinking maybe I would find an address in one of the bags. I went over to the bags ready for a search, when I discovered one bag, the middle bag was not a bag but a homeless person fast asleep, on let me say a very cold night. I put the person's bags into the car and I said we will go into town and get you a hostel bed. Wt 11.55pm I found a bed for that person. Fines for litter, dumping, and dog shit. I had a dog Sandy and with the dog you must have a shit-lifter and a bag. But the bag must be taken home and not left in the park.
More litter and dog poo bins in our parks and streets and investment in waste enforcement and litter wardens.
Privatising a services leads to problems. Taking public bins out of an area is not the way forward. If public bins in an area are being used for household rubbish, then the design of the bin needs to be addressed. For example, the opening could be made smaller. Illegal dumping should bring a higher fine than €75. It should be around €500. If people think they will have to pay this if caught then they might pay their bin charge. Dogs should only be allowed in public spaces if on a leash and this should include all dogs.
Illegal dumping and litter are a scourge on our city. We need harder hitting and more effective legislation. DCC staff in waste management are aware of legal loop-holes and anomalies and their knowledge should be tapped into. Every litter black spot should have CCTV and the public should be encouraged to report on dumpers via a national campaign. There are not enough offenders being prosecuted and the reasons for this need to be addressed. The Litter Pollution Acts 1996–2008, need to be more robust: e.g., for a dog owner to be prosecuted for uncollected dog dirt, that owner needs to be "in control" of their dog; thus, "roaming/unanaccompanied" dogs are not included in the act. Furthermore, legislation should include a stipulation that dog owners carry means on their person to clean up after their dog. More dog-litter bins are required and DCC’s Green Dog Walker Scheme needs to be broadened. There also needs to be more litter wardens and more audits of which households have or have not rubbish collection contracts. I am a member of several environmental clean-ups and have been instrumental in the setting up of adopt-a-street groups in my electoral area.
As a volunteer on the Royal Canal and in the community I see the impact on nature of the problem of littering and dumping and the success and re-emergence of nature when action is taken. I would be all for bringing waste management back under the control of the council which would greatly reduce dumping. Regarding dog poo, I feel we should educate people on the dangers and disadvantage of this on our streets and in the environment. Recently a dog poo bin has been installed at the gates of our local park and this is greatly reducing the amount of poo in the park and the surrounding areas.
This is a particular bugbear of mine. Litter, illegal dumping, dog fouling, etc. impact hugely on an area. They drag an area down and encourage even more dumping and anti-social behaviour. The solutions are simple: 1) enforce the existing legislation and properly resource the council departments responsible for tackling this problem, DCC appear to be incapable of or uninterested in seriously tackling this issue; 2) take the waste collection services back into public control.
I plan on putting together active citizenship schemes such as community-garden projects that will increase the opportunities for everyone to play an engaging role in the community and enjoy the fantastic parks and green spaces we have in Dublin.
Increase the conversion of unused public spaces into the parks and planting more trees around the city.
Use existing landbanks and vacant unused sites to convert into public green areas. Safe zones for families to walk, children to play and central to community life.
Councillors can designate in big developments that a percentage has to be set aside for amenities, and for green spaces. We're going to get more boardwalks with the Liffey Cycle Way. But the current boardwalk, there's issues of anti-social behaviour. In terms of the green spaces, the public domain spaces, like Temple Bar, it's a nightmare, those public spaces. There's some beautiful green spaces in other parts of the city, the gorgeous and underused Phoenix Park which is very underutilised because we never advertise it. And I'd like to see the Dublin Bay better used too. But when people do use these spaces a lot of times there are issues with anti-social behaviour. So again, it goes back to behaviour. We need to grow up. I want to see green spaces, but I don't want to see green spaces with anti-social behaviour. So like the plaza, they didn't have a plan to manage it once it was built.
Firstly, I think we need to tackle the anti-social behaviours that currently prevent full usage of our existing parks. For example, the staff and local people work so hard to keep Tolka Valley Park really lovely and it has really been rejuvenated through a huge amount of hard work over the last decade. However, due to anti-social behaviour it is not used to its maximum as illegal motorcyclists cause havoc and make it an unsafe space some of the time.
For me it’s a tiered approach.
Protect, nurture and invest in green areas and safe local parks.
Educate the children about the importance and relevance of nature to their lives and future existence.
Encourage local ownership of the spaces through Tidy Towns awards etc. For example, the residents of Lake Glen Estate get out and cut the grass, paint the walls, clean the streets themselves and it looks wonderful but they need more systemic support and accessible grants. They also need the support of more young people in the area. A tidy estate club for young kids to get fit and active and to take pride in their local area with scholarships and prizes for the winners would be a great incentive.
Prosecute illegal motorcyclists and lobby for stronger laws against the use of such vehicles in order to empower our local Garda Síochána. Prosecute and heavily fine the petrol stations that sell any fuel that does not go directly into a car for consumption. Make it impossible for them to access fuel.
I think we need to invest in the local school play areas too. Our children spend so much time in these spaces and with some support and effort we could make them far more welcoming, green, safe spaces. We have brilliant schools and dedicated teachers in the area that would greatly benefit from investment in green spaces on site for the children to enjoy.
Parks and green spaces are what makes a neighbour desirable and enjoyable to live in. They provide relaxation and a place to unwind. Every council must ensure they are kept clean and have facilities.
Hard to increase them in a built-up city but to encourage their use by upkeep, amenities etc.
I will continue to ensure that every new residential development includes 20 percent green space and will work with communities, other stakeholders and the city council to identify any suitable sites that have the potential to be transformed into green spaces.
Luckily Dublin has plenty of green spaces and parks. There might be some areas where more can be done, but I think it's important to focus on maintaining the parks and green areas that we have in the city.
With this, we are not starting from scratch. The current Dublin City Council Development Plan makes provision for innovative greening strategies and the Local Environment Improvement Plans that exist similarly provide for enhanced green spaces. I will work to ensure these provisions are fully resourced and implemented. I would support the mandatory green roofing of municipal buildings and new developments. Green roofing is provided for in the current Dublin City Council Development Plan and must become the norm across the city.
We must be careful the need and urgency to build housing does not override the need for green spaces in the city. Pocket parks, small publicly accessible green areas, these can be developed in certain derelict sites in areas where green space is lacking. The current development plan is not as strong as it might be on urban farms and allotments for community gardening. We know there is an appetite out there for more allotments – waiting lists for access to them continue to grow.
I would support measures to proliferate the number of community accessible allotments in areas that are unsuitable for housing. There are many groups out there who are already hard at work developing a spirit of community gardening across the city. I would look to engage with active resident groups and organisations like Conservation Volunteers Ireland and GIY Ireland to understand what works and what doesn’t, in order to reflect their experience in decision-making.
In existing parks, we need to do more to reflect the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 in how these spaces are planted. Biodiversity collapse is imminent unless we take urgent, concerted action to reverse species loss. We can play our part in Dublin and I would work with colleagues, residents and local organisations to develop a city-wide plan rapidly increase biodiversity in the city.
The parks and green areas that we have at present could be vastly improved. A lot of them have just run-of-the-mill trees, mainly grass and some drab shrubbery. Modern horticulture allows a much greater variety of plants to be grown in our climate now. The green areas should get full-time park wardens for both the security of the improved landscaping and the citizens enjoying them.
I think this is where we can use some of the numerous empty sites in the city to create more green areas and parks. It's vital we create green areas in the city, community gardens and areas for recreation and play. I know in the Donaghmede Local Electoral Area, there are green areas that could be utilised for the community.
Dublin has a good range of public parks – there will be a limited number of opportunities to add to public aspect of green spaces which I will support.
In developments which I have designed there are always open spaces provided and in some sites a small playground. The Australian model should be adopted here in this country. When you build houses, a large amount or a small amount, you must provide a green space with grass, trees, shrubs, and a small or large playground for children. The larger the development then more green spaces provided so that children are no more than a determined distance from a park with a playground.
Combat the use of scramblers and quids in our green spaces by seizing them and destroying them.
Green spaces and parks contribute to the environment. Getting rid of a large amount of these areas to build on will cause problems in the future. We need to use the green areas by creating play areas for children and community allotments, and encouraging people to grow fruit, veg, flowers and wild areas. Any site that looks derelict and unused in an area can be changed into one of these. It also makes the area look nicer.
Firstly, I would continue to copper-fasten and protect existing green spaces by continuing to actively participate in the City Development Plan. I would continue to seek out spaces for roof top gardens, vertical gardens and community gardens etc. I would continue to work with "a Playful City" to continue to make best use of the green spaces we have also. I am very much involved with the protection of North Bull Island and Dublin Bay Biosphere.
I have just finished a course provided by Dublin City Council with a top advocate for biodiversity and bioscaping, which gave me great insight on how we can improve what is currently being done which destroys nature like pesticides and over pruning/mowing and how we can change this. Recently I have requested that Dublin City Council roll out a free-tree scheme for every household, I am awaiting a reply. We need to rewild what we already have and think about planning with green spaces a must for any development.
The benefits of parks and green spaces are indisputable and increased green areas should be a condition of all planning approvals. The current levels of green space required by the planning legislation are not sufficient. Councillors have the power to increase funding for new parks and green spaces as part of the budget negotiations and this should be prioritised to counter the increasing use of green spaces for building. I must acknowledge that Dublin City Council’s parks department are some of the most proactive and progressive people in the council.
Public spaces are what facilitate the creation of social capital. I see protecting them from privatization as a fundamental role within Dublin City Council.
Invest in the creation of the recreational parks. Build some kind of the small concert halls in the bigger parks in order to make them more attractive for visitors – not only during the summertime but also during the less favourable weather conditions.
Use empty spaces around local communities and convert them into family-friendly safe areas where children can play without fear. Revamp all childrens' playgrounds and green areas around Dublin city. Increase Garda patrols around existing playgrounds where drug dealing and anti-social behaviour currently prevents locals from utilising the facilities.
The whole of the city is a public place. Every place in the city centre is a public place. In order to provide seating, in order to provide small set-aside parks, and sports facilities, and small little play areas for children. But there's no place in rolling these out when people are just going to come along and vandalise them and burn them. We need to offer our citizens a reconstituted way of how we're going to come to their aid and provide them with the facilities they want. We need to up our game here, we need to change the dynamics, and we need to be able to enjoy our cities.
I would like to see the council take control of Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park and make the city one of the greenest and family friendly places in Europe. We need to get more land off institutions like the church, and get more land off the big developers, and we need to be able to build the infrastructure. Not just a city for the future, but a city for the people who are in it right now.
Invest in the arts, invest in public spaces for inter-cultural celebration, recognizing the changing needs of our multicultural society and the Ireland of today. Embrace "diversity spaces", invest in "sporting spaces" and spaces to breathe fresh air. Invest in gardens to meditate and be quiet within our busy city like they do in Singapore and Sydney. This will offer local people a quiet, safe, nature-filled space to unwind and work on their well being and collective health. Mental health is a key issue in modern Ireland and accessible, free, safe, clean, healthy spaces are paramount to protecting our collective well being. As a young person I played football in the San Siro in Ballymun and we had to collectively sweep the pitches for drug needles before a match. Appropriate investment in our local sporting areas will make it safer for all to participate in sport and develop in a healthy way. Providing safe green areas is key to basic human development in our local areas. Holding local international companies to account and demanding that they invest in such spaces is one way to access funding for the local population.
It doesn’t need to be complicated and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The simple "buddy bench" idea utilized by Oliver Plunkett's school mimicked all over Finglas village or at our local bus stops would give all our residents a space to sit and chat and meet people.
Planning regulations when new developments are built must also make room for green spaces. See the need to make space enjoyable, by providing parks and playgrounds and mini-gyms and benches. Also to ensure these green spaces are kept safe and clean by imposing fines if not kept in good condition.
Same as above.
Dublin’s parks and green spaces are places where people can relax and enjoy themselves. So as a councillor I would ensure that our public “breathing spaces” are properly maintained, with long opening hours and proper security in place.
One of the biggest problems facing the city of Dublin is the increasing privatisation of public space. Beyond our parks and green spaces, there are not many public places in the city so I fully support the pedestrianisation of College Green as Dublin city is crying out for new public spaces for people to enjoy, and welcome the initial designs for the new Dublin Central library on Parnell Square which will see one of our five Georgian squares partially pedestrianised.
This is a must! Dublin is a city filled with history and historic places. I know the struggle with the Moore Street site and I cannot understand why such an important site is not protected. Not everything can be reduced to profit and privatisation. On this issue, I believe it's very important to have public consultations where people can propose, offer ideas and solutions, as this is an issue directly related to every citizen. Historical places should be preserved and public spaces in the city should be a subject always open to debate with the citizens on the principle "nothing about me without me".
This is a particularly prevalent issue for Phibsborough right now. The impasse that currently exists between MM Capital and Tescos regarding the redevelopment of the shopping centre threatens the preferred conceptual redesign of Dalymount Park which include a main entrance and civic space via lands owned by MM Capital. Phibsborough needs a village centre. It is a community divided by the roads that dominate it. The proposed civic space would be invaluable to the community. I will do all I can, through Dublin City Council and the public platform afforded by the role, to push for a resolution to this impasse that works for the community.
If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you will get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you will get people and places. I will advocate that the BusConnects development does the latter. We need to ensure that investments are made to ensure that the development improves the wellbeing of the communities it passes through. I would advocate for funds to be made available to communities along Core Bus Corridors for the participatory budgeting of landscaping. Public participation in the design of the public realm is essential. Communities can give life to the process, by providing historical context, insights as to how an area functions and an understanding of what is meaningful to the community. By enabling participation, we can create a sense of ownership in urban development that can ensure its success.
College Green is a disaster. It is unsightly, cramped for pedestrians and hazardous for cyclists from being strewn with arching tramlines. The Luas should be scrapped in favour of a subway and thus the College Green Plaza idea would be viable. This could be an incredible focal point and public space in the heart of the city. As I mentioned in Question 9 above, park wardens should be visible and on the beat to discourage anti-social behaviour.
We need to ensure the parks and green spaces we currently have are protected. Also our parks need to be maintained consistently. Playground equipment kept in good repair and up to date. I believe more community consultation about what people would like in their parks especially with the younger generation so they feel their voices are heard and feel ownership within their community.
There are opportunities for more civic spaces in the city, College Green Plaza being the most prominent example. Avoid the gating of open spaces. Invest in recreational uses of public spaces.
Well I am always in favour of protection of public spaces and to protect them from privatisation and make them nicer places. Now I don't just talk the talk, I can talk, but I take action as well. I was part of the restoration of Kilmainham Goal. This was done by men and women who had great insight into the future. We worked on that building for circa 20 years, and no one got a penny in pay for their work, which was blood, sweat, and at times tears. But it was all done by total volunteers people with a vision. Look at what thoses men and women left for future generations. If you have not been to Kilmainham Goal go and visit this fantastic public building and as you are walking around think of the people who restored it to its present glory. Just to say a different group of people including myself have managed to convince the Dublin City Council to purchase the Kilmainham Mill and that project is under way as we write, due to the enormous efforts of the Save Kilmainham Mill group. This mill building and site is now saved from privatisation and I am very happy to say this building will be there also for future generations to enjoy and learn about our industrial heritage. Both of the places I mentioned above are or will be nicer places due to the voluntary efforts of local committed people.
I do agree with this that our public space should be kept public and maintained with adequate benches and play areas.
No public space or building should be privatised, especially if it has historical value to that area. It should be regenerated to improve the lives of the people living in that area. Any small areas that are available should be used for this purpose.
I would continue to use the Dublin City Development Plan in this regard as mentioned in Question 9 above. The formulation of the Development Plan is a rigorous process and I have had many of my proposals adopted by Dublin City Council during my tenure as a city councillor. In terms of making Dublin city a nicer, place to be, I think the arts have a key role to play. One of the downsides of the property crisis is the flight of artists from our city and many have described it as our "creative soul departing". I would endeavour to input into the next City Development Plan that more artist studio space is developed etc.
Public spaces are shared spaces and we must protect and take ownership of any shared space in our own communities. I am currently setting up an environmental group in my community and actively seeking volunteers. Check out my social media for information. Planning needs also to be pro-nature and green spaces and this needs to be a big part of every development.
To be fair to Dublin City Council they are proactive to identifying and supporting appropriate locations for increased public spaces. I am opposed to all privatisation, whether of services or spaces. Privatisation invariably results in a poorer services or facilities. With profit as a motive, it’s logical for the service or facility to suffer.