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The Myth of the Whiskey Pension
Bottles in the post to retirees of some distilleries have fed rumours of pensions paid in the golden stuff. There’s some history behind the myth.
Council Briefs: a New Look for Dolphin's Barn, Ballymun Shopping Centre, and More
Dublin City Councillors met at City Hall for their November meeting on Monday night. Here’s some of what they voted on.
Councillors Debate What's Next for College Green
Many said they would support going back with a new plan to seek permission again from An Bord Pleanála.
An Advocate for Tenants Clocks Up Hundreds of Cases at the RTB
Patrick Nelis visits the Residential Tenancies Board most days, sometimes twice a day, to argue cases for tenants. He didn’t always do this. He used to work with horses.
A Dosa-Batter Salesman Hits the Road
“Batter man or something. I don’t know what they call me.”
Some Lobbying Around Land Rezoning Slips Under the Radar
There’s an inflexibility to rezoning industrial land, wrote a Department of Housing official in an email in February. “Its been represented to me quite a few times.”
Why an Affordable Housing Scheme Promised Two Years Ago Was Shelved
In Rebuilding Ireland, the Department of Housing promised an affordable housing scheme would be finalised by late 2016. Here’s why that didn’t happen.
No Exchequer Money for Affordable Housing, Department of Public Expenditure Said Last Year
In 2017, emails and memos from officials at the Department of Public Expenditure suggest they were unconvinced of the need for affordable-housing schemes.
Council Briefs: Who Should Get Council Contracts, Housing in Finglas, Delivery Hubs, and More
There was low turnout to this month’s council meeting at City Hall, but the councillors who turned up talked about making Dublin dementia-friendly, tackling bogus self-employment, and more.
Dublin Food Co-op Finds a New Home in Kilmainham
It’s trying to kit out the premises in a way that emphasizes a zero-waste and packaging-free approach, says Sam Toland.
Council Seeks Another Round of Input on Fitzwilliam Cycle Route
The plan envisions a cycle lane buffered from traffic by a line of parked cars. How would people get from the footpath to their cars? some ask.
Council Briefs: Housing on Depot Sites, Sandymount Green, and More Family Hubs
At meetings at City Hall this week, councillors talked about changes in plans for how to use council land, possible traffic changes around Sandymount Green, and the roll-out of more “hubs” for homeless families.
Will Councils Be Resourced to Tackle Illegal Short-term Lets?
Most of the complaints to the council since the beginning of 2017 are still being looked into, and less than a quarter of the properties are back under long-term leases.
The Ranelagh Arts Centre Searches for a New Home
The rent’s up and Ranelagh Arts can’t pay, so it’s out 8 October and hasn’t found a new home yet. This is one more change in a changing neighbourhood, and one more lost arts space in the city.
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Should Dubliners Learn to Love Weeds on Their Streets?
Dublin City Council is trying foam, flames, vinegar and old-fashioned weeding as it tries to roll back the use of herbicides in the city. But some are asking why weeds have to be weeded out, anyway.
As Spencer Dock Gets Built Up, Concerns About a Lack of Community Facilities
“A great start would be for a developer to talk to the community,” says Tony McDonnell.
Many Years On, Two Council Buildings on Bolton Street Are Still Empty
For years the council has been saying they will be made into apartments for people who are homeless. But that still hasn’t happened.
Letter from the Editor: Changes Are Ahead
We want to be able to do more and better journalism. So we’re making some changes to our online edition and our subscription rates.
Busy Residential Tenancies Board Increases Spending on Room Hire for Hearings
Within the first six months of this year, the RTB spent more on hiring rooms for hearings than it did for all of last year.
An Artist Explores Her Uncertain Identity on a Ballymun Canvas
Michelle Boyle’s show “Outside the Urban” is on at Axis Ballymun until 24 August.
Councillors Left Out of Loop in Proposed Sale of Cherrywood Lands
Because the land is owned by a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council-owned company, and not the council itself, councillors won’t get their usual say in whether it is sold at this stage.
Council Officials Suggest Selling Land in Liberties for Student Housing
It’s a smallish patch – but some local councillors say they’re against the idea as they grow more concerned about the lack of apartments and houses being built in the neighbourhood.
One Woman Finds, Like Others, That Embroidery Makes Life a Little Easier
“It’s only in Ireland that I actually started, really started, out of loneliness you could say,” she says.
Council Chief Suggests Selling Off Some Land to Fund Super Depots
Some of the other depot sites could be used for social and affordable housing, a report to councillors says.
One Woman Documents Her 15-Year Battle for a Healthy Home
From a hole in the kitchen wall to drips from the ceiling, over the years Rita Cahill has catalogued an array of problems with her home, built as part of the Ballymun regeneration.
It's Written in Concrete, Reviewed
In his memoir, Seamus Kelly – founder of the Ballymun Concrete News – sets about convincing journalists and publishers of the need for positive news. It’s a hard sell, right now.
Which Neighbourhoods Have the Most Bins, Mapped
Even though it’s a busy shopping street, Meath Street in the south-inner city has just one lonely bin.
Council Briefs: Drumcondra Road Closure, a Ballymun Gaelscoil, and Fire Safety
At a recent meeting, councillors for the north-west of the city talked about road closures, the campaign for a new school, and delayed social housing.
Should More CIÉ Land Be Used for Affordable Housing?
As a major landowner, state-owned Córas Impair Éireann (CIÉ) is helping to shape the city. But is it acting in the interests of all?
Residents in the North-West of the City Push for Webcasts of Council Meetings
“There’s a lot of money being spent and we can’t find out what’s happened,” says Una Caulfield of the Griffith Avenue and District Residents’ Association.
A New Publisher Seeks Ethnic Minority, and Other, Voices
Skein Press want “new, fresh thought-provoking writing”, says Gráinne Shanley O’Toole, one of the founders. They just launched their first book.
After Tenants Moved on, One Apartment Saw a 46 Percent Rent Increase
Genna Patterson and Kevin Murray say they wanted to flag how the rent had gone up in their old apartment, but were frustrated by the rules.
At One Address, Two Families Faced Smashed Windows and Threats
Iness and Michel Lunga went to the council, the RTB and the Gardaí for help, but last week had to move out. A previous tenant says he went through something similar.
Why Is There a Night-Time-Only Hostel for Children and Teenagers?
While the emergency hostel at Lefroy House has evolved over the years, some say they’re still concerned that teenagers have to leave during the day – and that some are there too long.
Introducing: A Tracker Where You Can Check How Your Councillors Have Voted
We’re very pleased to be launching Counciltracker.ie today, which will let you quickly and easily see what issues your local councillors have been voting on, and how.
Is This How to Build "Affordable" Homes in Dublin?
A “cost-rental” pilot project may deliver two-beds at a cost far below what’s on the market, says Housing Agency CEO John O’Connor.
Priced Out of Docklands Developments, Council Looks for Its Social Housing Elsewhere
The council says it wants mixed neighbourhoods so it tries to gets its slice of “Part V” social housing on-site in new developments. Costs mean it’s looking to relax that.
A Progress Report on Our Councillor Voting Database
We’re getting there. Thanks to those who have supported this project so far!
Help Fund a Big Survey of Homeless People's Experiences of Hostels and the Freephone
Great news, thanks to 72 supporters, as of 30 March, we now have enough to pay a market-research firm to do this survey. Thanks everyone! We’ll get to work.
Do Pedestrians Need a Louder Voice in the City?
Perhaps, it’s time to try to revive a pedestrian lobby, some say.
Councillors Cross Fingers and Vote to Rezone Industrial Land in Coolock to Residential
The landowners lobbied for the change and told councillors they plan to develop affordable housing there. Some councillors worry they’ll just flip it once its value rises.
A Revamped Effort to Crowdmap Dublin's Vacant Homes
With help from Dubliners and the Space Engagers app, the Peter McVerry Trust hopes to identify and bring back into use 45 vacant homes by 2020.
Crowded Households in Dublin – and Where They Are – Mapped
In one part of the north inner city, more than 35 percent of households had more than one person per room. And more than 8 percent had more than 2.5 people per room. Guess which?
Lois: Centra and Three.ie Are Supporting "Snuff Journalism", Even If Unintentionally
These companies are paying for adverts to run next to a Mail Online article exploiting the difficulties of a grieving, troubled woman. Is this really the kind of thing they want to associate their brands with?
A Mentoring Project Seeks to Bridge the Gap from Ballymun to University
Since 2006, the team has worked with 432 students. Of those, 386 have graduated at least once, and the rest are studying at the moment.
Get Involved: Help Us Log Dublin City Councillors' Votes
On Sunday 25 March, we’re going to spend the day uploading data on how Dublin councillors have voted on key issues into a new council-tracker site. If you can spare the time, we’d love some help.
A New Crop of Music Grows from Indian Roots, in Dublin's Landscape
One is the song of a broken-hearted bachelor. Another speaks to the trials of being an international student.
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A Councillor Vows to Continue His Campaign for Artane Band to Disband
Most councillors voted against Mannix Flynn’s motion to call for an end to the Artane Band as it is now, but he said that wasn’t the end. “This is going to go on,” he told them.
Council Briefs: A Moore Street Stand-Off, a New Cultural Company, and More
At their monthly meeting, Dublin city councillors approved plans to set up a new “cultural company”, discussed new rules for market-stall traders, and bade farewell to a senior council official.
In the Docklands, an Effort to Close the Word Gap
Decades of research has suggested that children from lower income backgrounds have something of a word gap, compared to their privileged peers. For the last 10 years, a programme in the Docklands has been trying to tackle that.
Did the Government Build as Much Social Housing as it Says?
The Department of Housing wouldn’t give a breakdown of how much each council built in 2017, making it harder to verify. But we’ve pieced some together.
A Ballymun Group Pushes A Bold Vision for Shopping Centre Site
The vision of CORE Ballymun is for a modern streetscape with affordable housing and retail, the profits from which would go back into the community. But it needs council support to become real.
Council Briefs: Measuring Whether the Council Is Working Well, and the Clontarf Sea Wall
On Monday evening, Chief Executive Owen Keegan presented councillors with the targets by which the council will measure whether it’s doing a good job delivering services.
Which Neighbourhoods Are Most in Need of More Cycle Parking?
A Dublin City Council spokesperson said the council intends to put in 1,000 more stands over the coming year. Where are they needed most?
Help Us Report: Is Your Landlord Selling Up?
It can be a hassle to chase down whether a landlord does actually sell up when they say they plan to. So let us check for you.
Where Cyclists Have Collided with Luas Tracks, Mapped
So far, cyclists have marked 62 collisions with Luas tracks on our Cycle Collision tracker. These accidents are clustered in three areas in the city centre.
Council Briefs: Moore Street, Housing in Scribblestown, and the Apollo House Plaque
Councillors didn’t get through all of their agenda at Monday’s full council meeting, so they’ll have to come back to finish it later this month. But here’s some of what they discussed.
Help Us to Track Politicians' Promises
Have you spotted a promise made by a politician that you really want us to track? Let us know and we’ll put it on our 2018 “They Said What?” calendar.
Are Those New? The Government's Social Housing Figures Don't Add Up
A chunk of the new social housing that the government has delivered in recent years has been from one source: “voids”, vacant homes that have been refurbished. But some are confused by the figures.
In Avila Park, Taking Some Time Out for Mothers to Bond with Babies
Winnie Mc Donagh opens up her home to teach young Traveller mothers what she knows about baby massage.
Help Us Report: Where Are You Now?
We would like to talk to renters who have had to move when the government closed their homes for being overcrowded and/or substandard.
Council Briefs: Overcrowding, Temple Bar Square, and Public Swimming Pools
Here’s some of what Dublin councillors discussed at November’s monthly council meeting.
Council Briefs: The Demolition Debate, Fire-Safety on Halting Sites, and More
At this month’s housing committee meeting, councillors discussed the idea of tearing down thousands of homes in aging social-housing complexes and replacing them with new builds, among other issues.
Some Fear for Future of Iveagh Gardens
Some argue that Iveagh Gardens should remain cloistered and quiet. Others say that making it more accessible would benefit Dubliners and restore it to the original vision.
Council Briefs: Social Housing, the Clontarf Cycle Route, and More
At Monday’s monthly meeting, councillors questioned Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy on current policies – before moving on to their usual business.
In Dublin Car Parks, Sidewalk Astronomers Share Telescopes with Passers-by
Twice a month, they park up – one evening in Sandymount, the other in Clontarf – and invite people to look more closely at the skies above the city.
For Homeless in Tents, Living with the Threat of Eviction
Several homeless Dubliners have pitched up in tents along the Royal Canal and say its safer than the alternatives. But they’ve been told they have to move on.
Fire-Safety Failures Again Highlight Lack of Independent Oversight
Oppermann Associates, which was also the architect on the troubled Priory Hall development, was architect on at least one of the schools recently found to have fire-safety defects.
Council Briefs: Iveagh Markets, Clontarf Cycle Route, and Housing
At City Hall on Monday, councillors criticised Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy for not showing up, talked about setting up an RTB for social housing tenants, and more.
Why Is the Old Whitehall College Building Empty?
A rapid-build structure put up by Western Building Systems, the NSAI inspected it in 2009, and since 2014 it has been embroiled in a court case.
The Land-Hoarder Challenge
Imagine you’ve invested in land in Dublin. How might government policies affect whether you hoard it or not? Play our game to see. Illustrations by Aidan Harte.
FOI Chief Overrules Government Refusal to Release Fire-Safety Reports
The Office of the Information Commissioner has ruled that the Department of Education must release fire-safety reports for a number of schools. The department has four weeks to appeal.
We're Slacking Off This Coming Week
We’re taking a week off so there’ll be no edition on 23 August, but we’ll be back the week after.
Beyond Cherrywood, all Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sites Face Affordability Issues
Government LIHAF subsidies to private developers, meant in part to produce affordable housing, might produce a 0.5 percent discount on a €470,000 home.
One Man Tries to Spark a YIMBY Movement in Dublin
Matthew Johnston’s YIMBYism (Yes-In-My-Back-Yardism) is pro-development, pro-density, But the former Facebook worker is still thinking through the details – and the limits – of these stances.
A New Studio Aims to Spread the Craft of Silk-Screen Printing
Through classes and commissions, Jordan McQuaid is sharing what he has learnt about the flexible art of silk-screen printing.
Might Dublin See its First Community Land Trust?
A group of entrepreneurial Dubliners are eyeing up the land at St Michael’s Estate for a different kind of affordable housing, built through a community land trust.
From Hashtag to Direct Action, Freeing the Cycle Lanes
Yesterday, members of the group I BIKE Dublin lined up for a second time to physically block vehicles from parking in city cycle lanes, so cyclists could use them.
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: Tackling Damp, and Access to Social-Housing Info
Dublin city councillors voted to set up a group to look at solutions to damp and condensation, and learnt that they have partial access to social-housing-list details.
Should Journalists Name Government Department Press Officers?
Most journalists would agree that the default position should be to name those we quote in our articles. But government spokespeople resist this, insisting on anonymity.
Varied "Affordability" for Planned Homes, Council Documents Show
Councillors in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown want more details on how affordable homes will be on a site in Cherrywood that’s been allocated part of a €200 million government fund.
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.
How to Kill a City, Reviewed
In this book, which offers lessons for Dublin, Peter Moskowitz looks at the growing inequality of American cities – and how planning and housing policies have pushed aside the poorest.
How Did a Co-op Build Affordable Homes in Ballymun ... and Can It Be Done Elsewhere?
Hugh Brennan says that the Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance has the capacity to scale up.
In the Dáil, Coveney Defends Housing Fund, Without Concrete Details of Affordability
The government has chosen the housing projects that will get LIHAF money, which requires developers to commit to some affordability. But it seems it doesn’t have final agreements on how much.
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: Locating Homeless Hubs, and Affordable Housing at Poolbeg West
At meetings this week, councillors discussed where exactly “family hubs” for homeless families will be, and settled on social and affordable housing figures for Poolbeg West.
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.
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.
Caught in the Middle
What should you do if you’re a tenant caught between a landlord and a vulture fund, like Ivan Budanov?
The Co-Founder of Zaytoon Looks Ahead to Expansion
Jamshid Kamvar has been working for almost 20 years to change how Dubliners see kebabs. Now, he’s hoping to roll out more restaurants.
For Mountjoy Square Apartments, Questions Over Speed of Planning Enforcement
When fire broke out at 1/2 Mountjoy Square in February, some pointed to a history of planning complaints at the property.
Renters: Have You Had a Notice to Evict? Help us Report
We want to understand the reasons given for tenants’ evictions across the city, and whether they are legal notices. Please tell us your story.
Council Briefs: Wolfe Tone Park, PPPs, and Rough Sleepers
Councillors agreed to a redesign of Wolfe Tone Park, backed public-private partnerships to build social housing, and discussed the number of rough-sleepers.
A Playwright Seeks Love Stories for the Stage
Do you live in Ireland and have a love story to share? Writer Henry Martin is looking for unusual love stories to adapt for the theatre.
Meet the New Visual-Arts Curator at Project Arts Centre
Livia Paldi has taken up her post during a time of reflection at the 50-year-old art institution.
Do You Want Rap With That?
The soundtrack in a restaurant can affect everything from how long people linger, to how much they drink, to what the food tastes like to them.
Council Briefs: Ballyfermot Leisure Centre, Francis St, and More
Councillors questioned the bill for Ballyfermot Leisure Centre, discussed excavations of St Thomas’ Abbey, and learnt about plans for Francis St.
Brushing Up: a Battered Greek Sculpture at NCAD
In the last 50 years, “Laocoön and his Sons” has gone from a centrepiece of art education to a piece of furniture in the student union. What’s the story?
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.
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Do You Operate a Call Centre from Your Bedroom?
Do you have a call-centre job which requires you to work from a desk alone at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences.
"The 4th Act" and the Struggle over the Story of Ballymun
This documentary weaves together candid footage and interviews to build up a story of the regeneration, exploring what was lost as the towers came down.
Coveney's Promise: How Will the Council Get Homeless People Out of Hotels?
Some councillors are wary about whether the council’s strategy for moving homeless families from hotels by 1 July is going work.
Council Briefs: Airbnb, Borrowing to Build, and Luxury Homes
At their monthly housing committee meeting, councillors talked about plans to further research the impact of Airbnb on the housing market, and more.
At Admiral, a Post-Soviet Feast with a Nautical Theme
While Admiral bills itself as a mainly Russian restaurant, the menu includes Eastern European dishes, as well as some from the Caucuses and Central Asia.
Council Briefs: The Obamas, Fire Brigade, and College Green Railings
Here’s some of what was discussed when councillors met for their monthly meeting on Monday 6 February.
Funding and the North Inner City Docs
Here are 52 pages of documents we got under FOIA, about the €1.6 million funding package meant to address the neglect of parts of the north-east inner city.
Could the Council Turn Over Vacant Social Housing Faster and Cheaper?
Some councillors argue that Dublin City Council carries out unnecessary and costly works on vacant council homes, when they’re in decent condition and tenants are eager to move in.
Danger for Cyclists: Falling on the Luas Tracks
At several spots around the city centre, cyclists have trapped their wheels in the Luas tracks near site works, leaving them with injuries.
Presenting: The Ui Cadhain Prize for Young Reporters
Young people aged 10–14 who live or study in Dublin’s inner-city area are invited to submit stories by midnight on 31 March 2017.
At St James's Gate, Changing the Date is a Family Affair
At midnight on New Year’s Eve each year, family and friends gather to watch the date change on the arch at St James’s Gate.
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.
Council Works Up Plans to Improve Parts of Temple Bar
One idea in the redesign is to lay a smooth strip through the cobblestones on some streets to make it easier for cyclists and people in wheelchairs to navigate the neighbourhood.
Some Councillors Want DCC Beta Projects Back
For more than a year now, DCC Beta Projects has been on hold. “The council talks about citizen engagement, but this was actually doing it,” one councillor said.
Council Briefs: Speed Limits, Priory Hall, and a Dublin City Land-Grab
At their last monthly meeting of the year, councillors approved by-laws for speed limits, sold some Priory Hall flats, and debated swallowing part of Fingal.
Council Chief Blames Slow Social-Housing Progress on Council
There aren’t delays at the Department of Housing right now, Keegan told councillors. The council is slow in getting projects to the department for approval.
Vacancy Watch: Plans to Replace the Tenters Pub with a Replica
Like many buildings across the city, the historic pub has been left vacant and allowed to crumble. The developer says it’s no longer possible to preserve it.
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 Finds No Wrongdoing in Handling of Erica Fleming's Data
An internal investigation said staff all knew how to handle data under data-protection legislation, and didn’t break those rules.
In Vision for Moore Street, Some Voices Are Missing
In the debate around the latest, and earlier visions, for Moore Street, the voices of the small business owners in the neighbourhood – many of them immigrants – are missing.
Council Briefs: HIQA, Homelessness, and Housing Lists
At last week’s Dublin City Council housing committee meeting, councillors discussed who’s monitoring homeless services and how to make sure you aren’t removed from the social housing list.
In Dublin 8, a Community Garden Seeks Volunteers to Dig In
There’s a big patch of dirt in the middle of the Bridgefoot Street allotments that Richard Taplin would love to see more groups and individuals use.
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.
Got Period Stories? A New Zine Wants to Share Them
It’s about “combating the social stigma, empowering women, and demystifying our bodies”, says the zine’s editor, Michelle Powell.
In Portobello, Skateboarders Want to Go Legit
“We don’t want to really have this us-and-them thing against the council. We would love to come together,” says Phili Halton.
Council Puts Pedestrians at Heart of New Vision for City Centre
Lots of those pet peeves you have about walking around, or hanging around, in the city’s centre? The council has a new long-term plan to tackle them.
A Conflict of Interest? The Council's Proposed Payment to the Little Museum
A Dublin City Councillor who is also a member of the museum’s board proposed that the council give a once-off payment to the museum. She argues that this doesn’t present a conflict of interest.
Wanted: More Beds
Across Dublin, rough sleepers have given up on calling the “homeless freephone” to get a spot in a hostel for the night. There’s no point, they say.
As Oliver Bond Flats Turn 80 Years Old, an Archive Grows
From now until 10 December, a grassroots project is exhibiting memories and mementos that celebrate and explore the history of the Oliver Bond Flats.
Councillors Want Suspended Cycle Lanes Back on Track
At Monday’s meeting, Dublin City Council Chief Owen Keegan said there was a “temporary hiccup with funding.”
At DIT, a Researcher Seeks Ways to Make Foods from Insects
At a lab in the North Inner City, a PhD researcher is trying to work out how to use flours and extracts from crickets, mealworms and silkworms to make something yummy.
After a Year of #FreeTheCycleLanes, Some Want Tougher Measures
One councillor wants Dublin City Council’s parking enforcers to set up a hotline so you can summon a tow truck to clear vehicles parked illegally in cycle lanes.
Debate, Vote, Silence: Why Do So Many Council Motions Disappear?
Councillors spend a lot of time passing motions that are supposed to change life in the city, but many of them don’t seem to go anywhere. Why not?
To Win Some Book Awards, Publishers Have to Pay
The publisher of a book that wins a Costa Book Award category must pay £4,000, and if it wins book of the year too, that’s a further £5,000.
Follow-up Briefs: City Wifi, JD Wetherspoon, and More
What’s the latest on the Epicurean Food Hall, unpaid work trials, that stretch of vacant buildings on Camden St, and the city centre’s free wifi?
For One Local Historian, a Rediscovery of Temple Bar
In the latest in his Dublin local history series, Maurice Curtis tries to uncover the many layers of Temple Bar.
In "The Box", a Reflection on How to Live Together
In this short film set in Dublin, Jijo S. Palatty offers a critique of segregation and its drivers, and an exploration of what he sees as the conflict between pluralism and liberalism.
Cameras and the Guards
Should we be filming them? Should they be filming us?
Fried Plaintains Collective Puts Black Women Centre Stage
Yemi Azamosa set up the Fried Plantains Collective to make sure there are events in Dublin put on by Black women, and LGBTQ Black women, to talk about things that affect Black people’s lives.
Modular Housing: Have We Learnt the Lessons?
The council is looking at putting up multi-storey buildings in the city centre made of stackable prefab homes. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about its first batch of rapid-build homes.
In the Liberties, a Football Derby Pitches Gardai Against Street Traders
Each year, Gardai and street traders meet in the Liberties for an annual football match. “It’s a great rivalry,” says Joe Cullen.
From Bray, a Milder Kimchi for the Irish Market
Have you noticed that there’s more kimchi on menus these days? Aoife Martinho and Dom Breslin have come up with a local version they hope will catch on.
Despite New Rules, Landlords Still Reject Tenants on Housing Assistance
“No rent allowance or HAP accepted sorry,” said the text alert, even though since 1 January landlords aren’t allowed to discriminate in this way.
Bard of the Blocks
After two decades of writing, has Karl Parkinson’s time finally come?
For Goths of All Stripes, a New Night
There are several club nights for goths in Dublin, and one group has just added another.
Council Briefs: a New Councillor, Busking, and Sex Shops
At their monthly meeting, Dublin city councillors got to motions that had been waiting 18 months to be debated: on sex shops, speed limits, and more.
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.
Vacancy Watch: 48-50 James Street in the Liberties
“Vacancy watch!” wrote in Davey Donnelly, with a photo of an apartment block on James Street. “Vacant as long as I’ve been in the area.” What’s the story?
On Aungier Street, Fresh Pizza in 60 Seconds
With its Naples-style pizzas, Dublin Pizza Company aims to combine the best of Italian cooking techniques with the finest Irish produce, said founder Michael Ryan.
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.
Is There Room in the Liberties for a Sports Pitch?
At the weekend, kids and parents and coaches crammed into a small playground in the neighbourhood to highlight the need for sports facilities in the area.
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.
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.
A Struggle to Keep Time
It’s not easy to make old clocks run right.
On Fleet Street, Haircuts as Gaeilge
As barber Patrick Carr tells it, he can do two things: cut hair and speak Irish. So in his Fleet Street barbers, he’s brought the two together.
Cycle Collision Stats: Gender, Time, and Vehicle
Here are a few big picture statistics from our cycle collision tracker data.
To Pay for dublinbikes Expansion, Councillors Consider Options
The scheme needs more funding, and councillors are considering both raising the membership fee, and getting more revenue from advertising.
When Will RTÉ Finally Reflect Ireland?
RTE has said it will release a new diversity strategy in the coming months, but it’s unclear if it will lead to visible change at the station.
Bits and Pieces
Cycle lanes, mapped: imagine if these were the routes available to cars.
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.
There's Money for Good Ideas to Help Scale Up Cycling in Dublin
Dublin City Council wants 25 percent of all trips in the city centre to be taken by bike, and it needs more ideas for how to reach that goal.
For Artists, Another Chance to Paint Dublin's Traffic Boxes
Last summer, artists got the chance to paint some of Dublin’s grey traffic-signal boxes with bright, beautiful designs. If you kicked yourself for missing out, you’ve got another chance to apply now, for the next round.
Told to be Quiet, a Planner Launches Bid for the Seanad
City planner and rights activist Kieran Rose has found himself with more time since the marriage equality referendum passed. Now, he’s set his eyes on the Seanad.
For Ballymun Rapid-Build Homes, Has Council Ignored Its Own Standards?
Three-bedrooom houses in Dublin should ideally be at least 100 sqm, a standard the council held an Ailesbury Rd development to in September. But smaller homes are apparently okay in Poppintree, for rapid-build houses, for homeless families.
Losing Patience: Why Are There so Many Rundown Sites Along the Red Line?
As the Luas Red Line glides through Dublin’s city centre, it passes trash-strewn empty lots, vacant patches, and boarded-up buildings. Is it ever going to change?
At Pickle On Camden Street, Modern Indian "Street Food"
The decor is Indian kitsch, with colourful posters from Bollywood films and vintage Air India adverts on stripped-back walls.
Our Next Grandish Plan...
Look what arrived at the end of last week!
Where Is the Ethiopian Food in Dublin?
You can get most foods in Dublin from the fermented tastes of Korea to the bean puddings of Nigeria. But there is a tragic gap in the city’s restaurant scene: there’s nowhere you can order a platter of fragrant Ethiopian stews. Why?
- Are you for or against the elimination of the local property tax? FOR 2. Are you for or against repealing the 8th Amendment? FOR 3. Are you for or against the creation of a directly elected mayor for the Dublin area, with greater powers over, housing, transport and revenue raising? FOR 4. Who should […]
- Are you for or against the elimination of the local property tax? FOR 2. Are you for or against repealing the 8th Amendment? FOR 3. Are you for or against the creation of a directly elected mayor for the Dublin area, with greater powers over, housing, transport and revenue raising? FOR 4. Who should […]
Mapped: How Much Should You Earn to Live in Different Parts of Dublin?
If you’re not supposed to spend more than 30 percent of your income on housing, how much would you have to earn to rent a one-bedroom apartment?
In Ballymun, the Art of Concrete News and Concrete People
A selection of Seamus Kelly’s photographs from a decade of publishing the “Ballymun Concrete News” are on display at Axis: Ballymun until the end of March.
Coming Soon: How to Grow Mushrooms on Used Coffee Grounds
Just when you thought you had all the coffee-related paraphernalia that you could need, Andrew Douglas of Urban Farm has plans to launch a new kit to help you grow food on your grounds.
Will New Apartment Standards Get Builders Building?
If the route to fixing the housing crisis is all about adding supply, it’s not looking too good.
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.
At People's College, Lessons in the Love of Music
On Parnell Square, a group of dedicated students attend each week to learn how to listen to classical music. Some have been turning up for more than two decades.
As Rent Rises, Block T Faces Exit From Smithfield
At the moment, about 120 creatives from web developers to performers work in the Block T building on all kinds of projects. They’re looking for a new home.
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.
On Little Green Street, an Early House Reopens
The Capel on Little Green Street reopened about three weeks ago after a refurb. So what’s it like now on a Saturday morning?
Is This Website Inviting Muslims to Ireland or Trolling?
Promising Muslims a “New Golden Age of Islam” if they immigrate to Ireland, a website and linked Facebook account have generated some rather heated discussions online recently.
Dublin City Council Pushes Forward on Plan for 1,345 Homes
At their monthly meeting on Monday, councillors voted to press ahead with the first major Dublin City Council housing project since the economic crash.
There's a New Cycling and Pedestrian Officer in Town
Dublin City Council has filled its Cycling and Walking Promotion Officer position. We’re not allowed to interview her for the next few months, but here’s what we know.
Council Short Takes: Phibsboro, Poolbeg, Wolfe Tone Park and the Coach Houses
Dublin City Council had its monthly meeting Monday. Here’s what happened with some of the issues we’ve been following.
On Drury Street, a Blues Singer with a Love of Mystery
“Never give the full truth. You should always keep something back. Always, keep the mystery alive,” says Bam Artist Artiste.
Think You Know 2015? Take Our Quiz
Ten questions about events and people this year. Go on. Have a go.
An Effort to Get Phibsboro Plan Back on the Council's Agenda
Setting a vision for the area is even more important now that the sale of the Phibsboro Shopping Centre to a developer has been agreed.
At National Gallery, an Effort to Bring Visual Art to the Blind (with Podcast)
There’s a growing interest in exploring creative ways to make galleries more accessible. The National Gallery, for example, offers touchable guides to an increasing number of its paintings.
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.
Now's Not the Time to Sell Off Social Housing, Say Councillors
It’s unlikely they’ll get a reprieve, but there are a stack of arguments as to why now is a bad time to offer to sell homes to social housing tenants at massive discounts.
Meet Panti Bliss's Dressmaker
For the last five years, James David Seaver has whipped up costumes for Dublin’s greatest drag queen, but that’s just one side project of many.
For Some Women, PMS Is a Lot Worse Than You Think
For most women, periods are a short inconvenience. For a minority of us, they can bring weeks of depression, anxiety, and a whole bunch of other symptoms.
Some Changes in the Newsroom
A general round-up on how things are going.
Tell Us What You Want Us To Investigate
Do you wander around Dublin and wonder why it is the way it is? Do you have questions about its people, politics, parks, and landmarks? We would love to answer those questions for you, or with you.
The Dublin City Council Budget and the Magical Million
A group of councillors led by Sinn Fein passed a status quo €803 million budget Monday. The drama was in the sudden appearance of €1 million from “down the back of the couch”.
Councillors Push Back Plans to Sell Off Temple Bar Properties
At Monday’s meeting, councillors said they wanted to reflect before going ahead with the sale of commercial properties in Temple Bar.
Will Councillors Be Happy About Selected Sites for Modular Housing?
On Thursday evening at City Hall, councillors are due to discuss some of the details of sites earmarked for modular housing.
Our New Office
Our Thinking on How to Get Readers More Involved
Ponderings and progress so far.
Here's Who's on the Board of the National Transport Authority
Last week, we wrote about the dearth of information available on six recent appointments to the 12-member board of the National Transport Authority. Now we know more.
Tell City Council What You Want for O'Connell Street
Dublin City Council has a new plan, which is basically the same as the old plan, to improve O’Connell Street. But should it? And can it?
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.
At All Levels, Modular Housing Plans Pick Up Steam
Both Dublin City Council and the Fine Gael-Labour government are moving forward with plans to bring in modular homes for homeless families by Christmas.
Poolbeg: Is the Community Being Short-Changed by €5 million?
After a bust-up over how much should be in a community gain fund for Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown, councillors voted to ask An Bord Pleanala.
Call for Submissions: Dublin Superheroes
We’re seeking stories about Dublin superheroes for the Christmas fiction issue of Dublin Inquirer. Feel free to interpret the theme loosely.
A Farewell to the Last of Ballymun's Towers
On Monday, small groups stopped to say goodbye to the last of the Ballymun’s iconic towers, Joseph Plunkett. On Tuesday late afternoon, engineers began to demolish it.
Redux: Councillors Vote Again to Lower Local Property Tax
At City Hall on Tuesday, councillors voted for a 15 percent decrease in the local property tax after a debate that centered on whether it is a progressive tax.
After Holiday Amid Refugee Crisis, Dublin Man Spreads the Word
Pat Muldowney doesn’t consider himself an activist. But accidentally helping to feed hundreds of desperate refugees on a Greek holiday island opened his eyes to the crisis.
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.
Brushing Up: A Portrait of Annie Horniman
The Abbey Theatre has quite an art collection, but archivist Mairead Delaney likes to highlight one in particular: the portrait of Annie Horniman.
In Cabra, the Dublin Circus Project Expands
It’s ramp-it-up time at Dublin Circus Project. Earlier this month, the non-profit group of circus artists opened up new quarters at Bannow Road in Cabra.
Would Increasing the Rent Supplement Increase Rents?
There have been calls to increase rent supplement rates to keep more families from becoming homeless, but Labour Minister Alan Kelly says that would lead to an increase in rents. Is he right?
Dublin's Traffic Boxes Are Going from Grey to Glorious
The city’s traffic signal boxes are being painted, a handful at a time, by artists. The aim? To vamp up some of Dublin’s drab-looking streets.
Why Mary Oyediran Asked Her Neighbours For Help
When Mary Oyediran believed her house was being targeted because of her race, she embarked on a day-long odyssey.
Why Is It So Hard to Give Away Coffee for Free?
The suspended-coffee movement took off in Dublin a couple of years ago, but it has met with mixed success. Some cafes have struggled to give away coffee.
Brushing Up: The Tale of Oeyama by Anonymous
On display at the Chester Beatty Library after years of restoration, the Tale of Oeyama scrolls offer grisly colourful paintings and delicate calligraphy.
Council Debates How to Build Housing on Vacant Lands
Dublin City Council is set to discuss options today for working with private players to build homes on several council-owned plots. Councillors are wary of public-private partnerships and intent on construction of social and affordable housing.
At Lunch With... Councillor Cieran Perry
Deputy Lord Mayor Cieran Perry talks about his involvement in the 1990s anti-drug movement and how the government needs to move faster on homelessness.
Brushing Up: I Want My Mummy! By John Rooney
Illustrator John Rooney loves fiddly details. That’s one of the reasons he was drawn to the tale of Maurice the Mummy. All the bandages.
Where's a Good Place for a Sex Shop?
Politicians who successfully opposed the opening of a sex shop in Drumcondra say they want to ensure that adult stores aren’t build anywhere near schools or playgrounds. Would that effectively ban them from the city?
Where Are Dublin's Houseboats?
You might soon be able to get a permit to live on a houseboat in Grand Canal Basin, in the heart of the Silicon Docks. Or you might not.
From Algeria, a Camden Street Ramadan Treat
Chef Farid Tadjine sells his sticky sweet kalb el louz each year during Ramadan at Camden Halal on Lower Camden Street. Get it while you can.
After Asylum: A Struggle To Move On
The government plans to reform the asylum system. But for those who have been in direct provision for years, it’s a struggle to move on.
Dublin Has a New Mayor: Does It Matter?
Barred from covering meeting at which she was elected, our reporter found that many people didn’t even know who the last mayor was – or care much.
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.
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.
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.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Is It Worth It?
The award of €100,000 for an top novel is supposed to spotlight Dublin as a literary capital. But given that it’s now fully funded by taxpayers, do we want to keep it?
An Imam Tries to Grow His Influence
From his base in an industrial estate, Dr Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri is looking to carve out a larger space in the public debate for himself and his Islam.
Squeezed Dubliners Seek Solutions in Co-ops
At the Dublin Food Co-op in The Liberties, about 35 people turned up to chat about starting a housing co-op, as a way to get themselves an affordable – and democratic – home.
Poolbeg and Joe McCarthy's €5 Million Question
Sandymount resident Joe McCarthy keeps asking the same question: three percent of what? He thinks the answer could be worth nearly €5 million.