At their monthly meeting, Dublin city councillors talked about two sewage-treatment-related proposals, plans for a directly elected mayor, protecting historic structures, and the future of St Michael’s Estate.
Council Briefs: Sewage Treatment, a Directly Elected Mayor, Protected Structures, and St Michael's Estate
When Should the City Accept Gifts from Foreign Governments?
Dublin gets offered all kinds of presents from visiting diplomats and world leaders: from plates to public artwork.
Only 30 Percent of Dublin City Council Staff are Female
Many council jobs are in traditionally male-dominated fields – so some are asking how to encourage more women to apply.
Is the Council Falling Short on Dublin's Economy?
Councillors on the economic development committee meet every two months yet some say they don’t do much.
Council Briefs: All-Ireland Screening, Parks Plans, Homeless Deaths, and More
At meetings this week, Dublin city councillors tried to arrange a screening at Smithfield of the All-Ireland football final, talked about plans for George Bernard Shaw’s birthplace, and more.
Council Briefs: Easter Rising Trail in the Liberties, and Homes in Ballyfermot
Councillors backed a plan for a play park commemorating the children who died in 1916, and one for housing in Ballyfermot, and heard about plans for Bridgefoot Street Park.
Council Briefs: Closing a Clontarf Laneway, and Building on Oscar Traynor Road
At a meeting Monday, councillors clashed with managers over whether to close the laneway, and were denied information about plans to build housing on the Oscar Traynor Road site.
Council Briefs: Illegal Parking, Bylaws for Bike-Hire, and a New City Motto
At recent meetings, Dublin City Councillors discussed regulating bicycle-hire schemes, the 1,000-home St Teresa’s Gardens redevelopment, street-sign design, and more.
Council Briefs: Family Hubs, Play Spaces, Train Tracks, and Cost Overruns
At recent meetings, some Dublin councillors passed three motions opposing plans to move homeless families into “hubs”, and also looked at several other issues.
Council Briefs: Covanta, Affordable Housing, and Tea Rooms
Here is some of what Dublin city councillors discussed at their meetings this week.
Councillors Vote to Try to Find a Way to Commemorate Savita
While details of what might be named, or renamed, are yet to be decided, the majority of councillors voted in favour of the idea.
After Deep Staffing Cuts, Worries About Council's Ability to Provide Services
Since 2008, the number of Dublin City Council employees has been slashed by 23 percent. On Monday, councillors met with management about how this affects services.
Council Briefs: Housing and History in North-West Dublin
Dublin City Councillors discussed one proposed housing project near Kildonan Road and another in Scribblestown, as well as a historians-in-residence initiative.
Dublin City Councillors Dig in to Demand More Social and Affordable Housing
Plans for the Poolbeg SDZ would make 10% of 3,500 homes social housing. Councillors want to double or triple that, and add affordable housing too. They’re preparing for a showdown.
At Monthly Council Meeting, Debates over "Conflicts of Interest"
In votes over the National Maternity Hospital and whether or not to fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall, councillors grappled with the question of when they should recuse themselves from the chamber.
Two Years on, a Resident Waits for Double Yellow Lines
Councillors are frustrated with the time it takes Dublin City Council to deal with requests for changes to street markings and traffic patterns. Thousands are pending.
Council Briefs: Fire Brigade, Fear of PPPs, and the Sean McDermott Street Laundry
At Monday’s monthly meeting, councillors heard again about the future of the fire brigade, questioned a plank of the social-housing plan that includes PPPs, and more.
Do Councillors Have to Pay to Offer Opinions on Planning Applications?
Some councillors have been weighing in for free on planning applications, but council management says they should have been paying €20 each time.
How Councillors Decide to Spend No-Strings €5 Million
Councillors had €5 million in their “discretionary fund” to spend on whatever they want across the city. Should there be rules for how they go about it?
Council Briefs: Finglas Transport, DCU Campuses, and "Let to Rent" Voids
At council meetings this week, councillors heard plans for transport around Dublin City University, talked again about dumping, and more.
How Much Is Spent Feeding Councillors Before Their Meetings?
Back in November, Labour Councillor Mary Freehill kicked off a meeting with a complaint about the amount of food on offer. But what do councillors usually get?
Council Briefs: Shaw's Birthplace, Leisure Prices, and Scribblestown Homes
At recent meetings, councillors discussed a hike in the price of a leisure scheme for older Dubliners, whether a project in Scribblestown should be 100-percent social housing, and more.
On Streets, Rough Sleepers Dream for Months of Stable Emergency Beds
But did the government push Apollo House residents to the front of the queue? A look at Dublin’s two-tiered system of emergency accommodation for homeless people.
Council Briefs: 1,700 Homes, and How to Boost Cafes
At the meeting Monday, councillors discussed whether to progress their flagship house-building plan, and ideas for whether, and how, to assist cafe culture.
What's the Council Doing In Its Closed-Door Meetings?
Some decisions in Dublin City Council are discussed behind closed doors at meetings to which the public and the media are not invited.
We Need to Build Walls for Dublin's Dead, Some Say
Some of Dublin’s graveyards are filling up and one Dublin City Councillor thinks he knows how to solve the problem.
Rating Dublin City Council's Performance
Each year, the government compares Dublin City Council’s performance with other local authorities’. Councillors are sharply critical of this rating system.
Council Briefs: Mannix Walks Out, DublinBikes, and Falling Housing Stock
Councillors voted in favour of four new adverts in the south-east of the city to help fund DublinBikes, and said they were frustrated they hadn’t been kept in the loop about a new homeless hostel in the Liberties.
Council Briefs: RTÉ Lands, Grass Cutting, and More
At this month’s full council meeting, councillors debated whether to ask RTÉ for some of its land for housing, the cost of cutting the grass, and more.
Which Councillors Go to the Most Meetings, Updated
Which Dublin city councillors went to the most meetings in the first half of this year? An update on councillor attendance.
Council Briefs: Priory Hall and the Parnell Statue
After a month off, councillors returned to City Hall on Monday evening for their first full meeting after the summer holidays. Here are some of the issues they discussed.
Dublin City Council Set for Management Shake-Up
Several of the top managers at the council are expected to swap roles soon.
In the Inner City, Wailing Burglar Alarms Add to the Din
Although it’s had complaints, Dublin City Council hasn’t taken any enforcement proceedings in alarm-related cases from last year.
Should Being a Councillor Become a Full-Time Job?
Some Dublin City Councillors say they spend 30 or more hours a week on their political duties, but the pay is only part-time – so many also have other jobs.
Council Briefs: O'Devaney Gardens, Election Posters, and the Circus
With a lot of business to deal with before their recess, councillors held a special meeting Monday. Here’s some of what they talked about.
Meet Dublin's New Lord Mayor
In the first meeting he chaired, Labour’s Brendan Carr imposed some discipline, cutting councillors off when their two minutes were up – sometimes in mid-sentence.
At City Hall, a Summit on Brexit's Likely Impacts on Dublin
A broad array of city groups and organizations are expected to gather at City Hall to discuss the challenges and opportunities. You can watch via webcast.
Dublin's New Lord Mayor Sets Out His Priorities
Brendan Carr suggests that the city introduce plaques for businesses that pay the living wage, and says he’ll push for a hotel bed tax in the city.
Beyond Heights: Other Stuff in the Draft Development Plan
From another bridge over the Liffey to a new centre for dance, here are proposals that councillors pushed for in the latest debates on the city development plan.
What's Next in the Council Stand-Off Over the Eastern Bypass?
Elected councillors have voted to oppose the proposed Eastern Bypass, but that might not make any difference, and they’re not happy about it.
In Ballyfermot's Skate Park, a Lesson in Working Together
Through every stage of the planned skate park in Ballyfermot, there has been a whole lot of consultation. Some say more projects should follow suit.
In Ballymun, Socks Are Scarce These Days
As Ballymun Town Centre has withered away, it has left area residents with few places to buy basics. Should Dublin City Council just build a shopping centre there itself?
Will Bewley's on Grafton Street Ever Reopen?
It was supposed to be closed for maybe six months, for renovation. Fifteen months later, it’s still closed, and the company hasn’t set a date for a grand reopening.
Vacancy Watch: The Social Housing on Maxwell Road
In Dublin 6, nine empty social housing units might soon be filled. It’s taken a lot longer than it should have.
Council Hatches Plan for Leftover Arts Funding
Dublin’s arts office says it’s now decided where €600,000 that had been set aside for the city’s failed European Capital of Culture 2020 bid will go.
Council Briefs: Bru Hostel, Poolbeg, and Roger Casement's Diaries
Here are a few of the key issues discussed at Dublin City Council’s monthly meeting on Monday, and who said what.
With New Guidelines, City Tries to Clarify Homeless Families' Rights
Dublin City Council spends millions every year on hotel rooms, B&Bs and hostels for people with nowhere else to live. And it wants them to know they have rights while staying there.
Study: Sexual Harassment "Frequent and Distressing" for Women in Dublin
Women face sexual harassment on the city streets, says an unpublished report commissioned by Dublin City Council. So, what are we going to do about it?
Dublin's Arboreal Inequality: More Money, More Trees
It’s clear that posher parts of Dublin have more trees and greenery, but why? And will it ever change? Dublin City Council’s working on a new tree strategy, so now’s the time to make your voice heard.
Council Briefs: the College Green Banner, Dog Dirt, and the Digital Hub
In their monthly meeting, Dublin city councillors passed a new litter plan for the city, disposed of a few council buildings, and debated whether the College Green 1916 banner should be dragged from the front of the Bank of Ireland.
Five New Dublin City Councillors Have Taken Their Seats
Six Dublin City Councillors won seats in the Dáil in last month’s election. So far, their parties have replaced five of them. Meet the new councillors.
Who Replaces Local Councillors Who Move To The Dail?
This year, it looks like six Dublin city councillors will leave City Hall for the glories of the Dáil. So, what’s the process for replacing them?
Why Have So Many of Dublin's Fountains Run Dry?
One of our readers asked why many of Dublin’s fountains seem to be suffering from neglect.
On the Way: Round Two of the Great Busking Debate
In March, councillors will again debate whether there should be further changes to the bye-laws that govern buskers. Here’s what’s at play.
Dublin City Councillors Just Got a Bit More Money to Play With
An extra €3 million has turned up, to be split equally between areas in Dublin. The South East area committee is planning to spend on arts festivals, bicycle facilities and more.
College Green: What We Know and What We Don't
Business associations, councillors, and cycling advocates all seem happy with plans for a grand sweeping plaza that aim to transform College Green into a glorious civic space.
Enid: Councillors and TDs Are Paid More Than You Think
When your TD calls this month looking for your vote, ask why they should have their travel costs to work paid when you have to pay your travel costs out of your taxed income, which is much less that the TD’s salary of €87,258 per year.
Which Dublin City Councillors Attend Council Meetings Most and Least?
In 2015, some councillors made it to more than 90 percent of meetings. Others made it to less than 60 percent of those they were supposed to attend.
Database: How Did Your Councillor Vote?
If you want to know how your local councillors have voted in meetings at City Hall, you can search our database. We’re working on loading up more votes, so let us know what you’d like to see included.
After a Death, Calls for a Safe Place to Race Scramblers
Could a new track in Cherry Orchard be a solution to unsafe off-road quad bikes and scramblers? It’s one option that Dublin City Council is considering.
Who's Lobbied Dublin City Council in the Last Few Months?
As of late on Tuesday night, 20 organisations had filed returns to say that they lobbied Dublin city officials or councillors in the last months of 2015.
Buskers, Dog Poo, and Temple Bar: December's City Council Meeting
Dublin’s city councillors gathered Monday for their monthly meeting. Here’s what happened.
Modular Homes for the Homeless: Now Problems in Drimnagh
Dublin City Council’s plan to build 22 modular homes in Ballymun by Christmas sparked protests. Now its effort to put 29 more modulars on a site in Drimnagh have hit some bumps too.
Artists Unite in Call for More Studio Space
More studio spaces close each year, and Dublin artists say something needs to change. But what’s the solution?
Here’s How to Avoid Another Longboat Quay
Why is it that when you pull the skin off so many of these shiny boom-time apartment buildings, they turn out to have rotten cores?
For Better or Worse, Council Undertakes Audit of Traveller Sites
Some have voiced concern that any health and safety problems on Traveller sites may be dealt with through evictions.
Kieran: We’ve Made Progress on Housing, but What’s Next?
Dublin City Council senior planner Kieran Rose explains some of his past housing policy successes, and asks how we can build on them in the future.
For Herbert Park, a Spruce-Up May Be on the Way
People living near Herbert Park have been lobbying Dublin City Council to fix it up. Last week, the council revealed its new draft plan to do that.
In Raheny, a Landmark Tree Is Reborn as a Sculpture
When the tree on the corner of St Anne’s Park was first clipped back, locals complained. Now, many are delighted.
The Transparency of Dublin City Council's Meetings, Audited
Open meetings help to ensure better, more accountable government. Right now, council-watching can be a bit tough, but improvements may be on the way.
Is It Time to Lift Ballymun's Ban on Rent Supplement?
Has the ban achieved its goals: greater diversity of tenure and a better social mix in the area? And should it remain in place?
Councillors Seem Pleased With Prefabs, So What Next?
How much should the council spend on prefabs for homeless families? Where should the new homes go? And how fast can they be brought online? Winter is coming.
A Community Group Struggles to Revive Wolfe Tone Park
What once was a grassy community park is now a gravel lot used for parking, portable toilets and ticketed events. Residents want to restore it to what it once was.
Councillor Sets Sights on Vacant Upper Storeys
In the coming months, expect to hear more ideas from councillors on how to tap in to underused inner-city buildings in Dublin.
Should Some Councillors Step Away From the Local Property Tax Debate?
Later this month, Dublin city councillors will vote to set the level of the Local Property Tax for Dubliners, including, in some cases, themselves. They could reduce it by up to 15 percent.
Opposition to "Favoured" Liffey Cycle Route Grows
The honeymoon period for the “favoured” option for a new Liffey Cycle Route seems to be over. Local residents say it wouldn’t be good for the neighbourhood.
"Reimagining Phibsborough" Wants Its Village Back
Phibsborough residents feel overrun by cars. They hope, through collective action, to wrest some tarmac away for human use, but they haven’t been helped by a slow-moving Dublin City Council.
Alison: How We Build Homes Is as Important as What We Build
Developers are not the only option in town when it comes to building houses, particularly on local authority-owned land.
Where Did Dublin's Public Free Wifi Go?
Stop trying to log in to Dublin’s public free wifi. It’s not going to work.
Should Homeless Families Have to Use the Side Door?
Dublin City Council is desperate for hotel rooms for homeless families. Does that mean hotel owners can set any conditions they want?
Lorcan: For Source of Dublin's Housing Problem, Look to the Country
Dublin’s housing problem stems from this: at a state level, housing policy is dominated by a politically motivated rural ideology.
At Lunch With... Councillor Ray McHugh
Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor Ray McHugh talks about projects in his area and why he’s against gender quotas, and argues that councillors earn less than minimum wage.
Council Considers Ending Use of "Carcinogenic" Weedkiller
The debate about how to kill our weeds without killing ourselves continues: Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe called yesterday for a new approach to ridding the city of unwanted plants. He might get his wish.
At Lunch With... Councillor Gary Gannon
At 28, independent Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon is still trying to find his way, politically. At the Pig and Heifer, he talks about issues from housing to abortion, and about his ambitions.
Can City Council Team Up with Radical Housing Activists?
In recent weeks, housing activists in Dublin squatted a council building to house homeless families. Could it be the start of an unlikely alliance?
The Plan to Transform Parnell Square North
Real-estate giant Kennedy Wilson has promised to give millions – and raise many millions more – to help Dublin City Council create the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. They say they’ll get nothing in return.
These Streets Were Made for Eating: The Battle Over Outdoor Tables
Dublin City Council faces a balancing act. Should it encourage more outdoor seating, or would that frustrate already cramped pedestrians?
The Woman Who Wants a Roundup-Free Dublin
Kaethe Burt-O’Dea wants Dublin City Council to stop using a weedkiller she believes is carcinogenic. She’d rather see us learn to love our weeds, or spend time outside, pulling up weeds the old-fashioned way, and meeting each other.
Poolbeg Community Fund Gets Chairman for Usual Price
Dublin City Council has chosen a chair to oversee the millions of euro in a community gain fund for those living near the Poolbeg incinerator.
How You Voted On... The IMPAC Award
Last week, we asked whether Dublin City Council should continue funding the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Here’s how you voted.
At Lunch With… Councillor Paul McAuliffe
Dublin City Council Fianna Fail group leader Paul McAuliffe makes his case on the difference between his party and Fine Gael, why he voted against the O’Devaney Gardens refurbishment even though he’s concerned about the housing crisis, and why Sinn Fein shouldn’t get the mayorship in 1916.
Frank: Most Radical Plan For Transport In My Lifetime
Just 30 years ago, city transport planners were on a completely different track.
Frank: We Need to Talk About Grafton Street
Even though Grafton Street has been finished for three months, there has been very little comment on whether it’s good, bad or indifferent.
Is Dublin Showing Pedestrians Enough Love?
The numbers behind Dublin’s crowded-pavement problem, with an interactive map thrown in.