Zuzia Whelan is a city reporter for Dublin Inquirer. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should There Be a System for Tracking Ireland's Antiques When They Leave?
There’s an export-licensing system for certain artworks and cultural objects already, and some say this should be extended to antique furniture too.
Council Removes Bins in Milltown Because People Were Putting Too Much Dog Poo in Them
Dublin City Council has removed rubbish bins from Dartry and Orwell parks, because they were often used to dispose of dog poo, and the parks department doesn’t deal with that – waste management does.
Should Cars Be Restricted from Going Through Rathmines?
Some cyclists say if prioritising buses, bikes, and those on foot is the aim, this should be on the table.
Council Looks to Track Down What's Polluting Water at City Beaches
The Environmental Protection Agency rates the water quality at Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand as “poor”. The council and others are looking more closely at what, or who, is to blame.
Council Briefs: Luke Kelly Statues, New Bridges, and Changes at Wilton Terrace
At a recent meeting, councillors talked about plans for installing a pair of Luke Kelly statues and a pair of bridges, as well as local residents’ concerns about proposed changes at Wilton Terrace.
Why Are New Pedestrian Guardrails Still Being Installed in the City?
Unnecessary guardrails should be taken out, according to the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets. The trends seem to be going the other way though.
New Rules Would Make It Impossible to Do Job, Say Councillors
Councillors would need signed consent forms from constituents to get answers on their behalf, under proposed guidelines.
In Ballsbridge, a Pharmacist Works to Restore a Sense of Community
When Paddy Byrne was a kid, it was mostly just homes in the area, he says. Now, there are blocks of offices, and apartments where renters don’t seem to stay long.
The City Should Mark the Sites of All Long-Gone Magdalene Laundries, Some Councillors Say
“Usually we stick a plaque on a building, but if the building is gone? I think how do we remember what has been lost is an important question.”
Should Dubliners Get to Decide How Part of the City's Budget is Spent?
South Dublin County Council has been trying out participatory budgeting. Why not Dublin City Council too? some councillors ask.
A Former Concert Pianist Plays Debussy Among the Ferns
Clive Shannon used to play for the RTÉ symphony orchestra. These days he plays at Urban Plant Life on Cork Street.
Neighbourhoods Watches Are Becoming Neighbourhood WhatsApps
Traditional neighborhood-watch set-ups can be too bureaucratic for some, while Local WhatsApp and Facebook groups are easier.
When Big Events Arrive, so Does a Plague of Illegally Parked Cars
Some Dublin city councillors say more should be done about illegal parking, whether on gig days at 3Arena or match days at Croke Park – or just everyday across the city.
An Art Collective Brightens up Hospital Walls
The collective is mostly staff members who are artists, and professional artists with links to Connolly Hospital.
On Fishamble Street, Family Lives Among Four Centuries of Relatives' Keepsakes
Members of the same family have lived in this iconic building, or earlier incarnations of it, in Temple Bar since the 1600s.
Who Should Be Allowed to Walk Through New Student Housing Complexes?
They are often gated, and offer no routes for pedestrians to cut through to get where they’re going. Developers say that’s for security reasons, others say it divides the city.
On Meath Street, Council Meets Residents Ahead of Future Revamp
The council plans to refurbish the street within the next three years.
Tracking How Much Air Pollution Cyclists Are Breathing In
A collaboration between a Trinity College Dublin researcher and a cycle-tour company is strapping air-quality monitoring gear to cyclists helmets as they explore the city.
Can Videos from Cyclists be Used to Tackle Dangerous Driving?
While Gardaí have been cautious about using cyclists’ videos of poor driver behaviour, police in the UK have embraced such evidence, calling it a “game changer”.
Brushing Up: an Old Weathered Doorway with a Dublin Crest
Most agree the doorway, in the heart of what has historically been the markets area, once belonged to a prison.
Transport Bodies Need to Look Again at How They Model Traffic, Some Say
Problems with predictions came up time and again in the reports from An Bord Pleanála, rejecting plans for College Green.
Street Artists and Council Officials Try to Find Common Ground
“We have to find a legal way of doing it,” said City Arts Officer Ray Yeates. But “the partnership process is full of potential”.
A Student Complex in the Liberties Gates Off Its Green Space
Local residents are keeping a watchful eye over possible losses of green space in the Liberties.
On Cathedral Street, a Workshop for Dumpling Lovers
Dim sum chef Li Xiu makes about 400 dumplings a day. Each month, she teaches others how.
Motorbikes in Cycle Lanes Should Be Monitored Better, Some Say
Lately, Rob Farrell has noticed a lot of motorbikes in the cycle lanes on his commute from Blackrock to Fitzwilliam Square.
It's Time to Regulate Walking Tours, Says Councillor
Some says it’s not an issue that tour groups seem to be getting larger. Others say they block the pavement, and are all headed the on same loops.
Why Some Dublin Buses Are Smaller Than Others
The 25a from Lucan fills up fast. But there’s a reason that buses aren’t bigger.
On Weaver Square, Allotment-Holders Get Ready to Pack Up
The council plans to move out the onions, peas, chard, raspberries and children digging in the dirt, and build social housing for some of the hundreds of families in the area who are on the waiting for it.
On Kildare Street, Visit a Time Capsule from 1974
The Department of Agriculture Library, which hasn’t been updated since it opened, features gems like “The Book of Asparagus” from 1901. It’s inviting visitors in on 13 October as part of the citywide Open House festival.
At Oscar Traynor Road, a Housing Development Still in the Works
Councillors and local residents say the Dublin City Council effort to bring in a developer to build 640 homes on the site seems to be stalled. The council says it’s not.
An Artist Remembers Tallaght Growing Up
In his video work Suburban Cookie Collector, Michael Dignam delves into his past, and reconnects with it through old stories and memories.
Sanctioned 17 Months Ago, Work Yet to Start on Supervised Injecting Centre
“Meanwhile, people are dying on the streets,” says Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. “It’s not a dramatic statement, it’s a statement of fact.”
In Ballyfermot, Concerns Over Future of School and Monastery Site
The site has been sold to an unknown buyer, the brothers have been moved out, and the school is due to close in June. What then? local residents and councillors worry. Will it sit vacant for years?
In Coolmine, a Romanian Bakery Makes Bread the Old-Fashioned Way
Romica Stingaciu stands for a few moments in the doorway of his bakery in Coolmine Industrial Estate and breathes in the cold damp air before stepping back inside, into a muggy atmosphere of rising dough and preheated ovens.
Teaming up with a Restaurant, Gallery X Returns
On Golden Lane, the gallery of the macabre and erotic will share a space with the restaurant Feast. The proprietors have a slew of ideas for collaborations mixing food and art.
For One Woman, Eight Years of Acting the Maggot
Amy Redmond uses acting and creative writing to help adults with mental-health issues.
In Rathmines, an Old Concert Hall Lies Dormant
Some councillors have long wanted the room in the old Rathmines Town Hall opened up for wider use.
In Ballybough House, a Family Fights Back the Mould
Martin Heeney says he’s been reporting the spread of black mould to the council since he moved in, but it’s never been properly fixed.
Brushing Up: The Art Deco Library on Emmet Road in Inchicore
The library, built in 1935, is unusual on the outside. It’s one of a trio sharing the same style in the city.
Concerns About Whether Vacant-Homes Officers Have Time for the Role
If they’re going to make an impact, they should be focused on the issue full-time – and not just be existing staff members now endowed with an extra title, says Francis Doherty, of Peter McVerry Trust.
Council Briefs: Sewage Treatment, a Directly Elected Mayor, Protected Structures, and St Michael's Estate
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.
Is It Time for a "Potty Parity" Movement in Ireland?
There’s already a code that recognises that women take longer to use the loo, and calls for women to get more facilities than men to compensate. And yet the queues persist.
A New Theatre Company Looks at Sexuality in the Wake of #MeToo
Chaos Factory’s show Kiss Kiss Slap Slap is scheduled to run at Smock Alley Theatre from 11 to 15 September as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Some Say the City Needs to Let in Fewer Big Trucks, and For Less Time
After falling since 2008, the last couple of years have seen more permits issued for HGVs to drive into the city. Some cyclists say it’s too dangerous at the moment, while those in the industry say they drive in for a reason.
How Do You Open a Book of Condolences?
A reader asked what determines when a book of condolences is opened in the city.
How Should the City Judge Whether Its Tourism Strategy Is Working?
Fáilte Ireland has a plan to attract more tourists into six areas of Dublin, including the Docklands. Some councillors have raised concerns about “overtourism” and the impact it might have on communities.
In Portobello, Handmade Venezuelan Arepas and Cachapas
Juan Ramon Sanchez-Gil might make more reselling croissants at hiked up prices, he says. But he wants people to come and learn to eat Spanish omelettes, arepas and cachapas.
Is It Time for Another Look at Licences for Outdoor Tables and Chairs?
There are 167 outlets – mainly restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs – that have licences to put tables and chairs on streets. Many others do it without, but some councillors are sympathetic given the cost.
Role of Public Participation Network Unclear, Councillors Say
PPNs were set up across the country in 2014, as a way of getting more people involved in local government. Councillors and those involved in Dublin’s PPN say it’s still finding its way.
A Vegan Café Opens Up in The Coombe
The menu at the The Electric Vegan is a little different to the fare found in other vegan restaurants. You won’t find any soy, carrots, broccoli, or refined sugar here.
In Rialto, Local Residents Feel Overwhelmed By Outsiders Parking
Meanwhile, a ballot to see if a pay-and-display should be brought in on streets in the area hasn’t gone too smoothly.
A Documentary Shares Three Mothers' Experiences of Homelessness
Ingrid Casey worked with friends and called in favours to make the film, released today.
As a Tower Rises in Docklands, Construction Workers Protest
They say companies are cutting paperwork corners in ways that can mean less pay, or at least fewer benefits, for the workers.
An Exhibition of "Sole Survivors" at Marsh's Library
Included are books, pamphlets and posters of all kinds – some funny, some serious. Each is the only known surviving copy of that particular text left in the world.
Vacancy Watch: St Catherine's Gate along the Grand Canal
The complex used to serve as emergency accommodation for 29 homeless families.
Should There Be a Crackdown on Adverts for Unpaid Internships?
Legally, there should be no such thing as an “unpaid internship”, says employment solicitor Richard Grogan.
Council-Installed "Mosquito Alarms" Kept Local Residents Up Nights
The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said in May that the use of noise against someone can be considered assault. Yet council officials told a councillor that Gardaí advised them to put in the alarms.
In Direct Provision, It Can Be Hard to Invite a Friend Over for a Cup of Tea
The government restricts the rights of asylum seekers living in direct-provision centres – often for years – to have visitors. “It’s not a good life,” says Ellie Kisyombe.
Flowers and Portraits: An Art Exhibition Shares Many Sides of Traveller Culture
“I think it’s really important that Hugh Lane got in touch. Travellers aren’t included in Irish history,” says Nancy Collins.
Is It Time for "Car-Exclusion Zones" Around Schools?
Some parents and city councillors say banning cars from school streets would tackle school-run congestion, reduce emissions, and encourage the use of sustainable transport.
A Couple Pursue a Family Dream: a Tex-Mex Food Truck
The steak, chicken and vegetarian options are all seasoned with Randy Howard’s own signature spice blend. Perhaps, down the line, they might add some smoked brisket.
What Has Changed with the New Local Electoral Area Boundaries?
For the Dublin City Council area, a committee recommended increasing the number of areas from nine to 11, and redrawing the shapes of existing areas. Phibsborough is now united, while Drimnagh remains divided.
Some in Ballyfermot Want to Mark a Graveyard That's Been Covered Over, but Not Forgotten
For some older residents, the graveyard was their playground growing up. Others say they think they have family buried there.
The Green Door Market Looks to Rebuild in Bluebell
After moving from the Liberties, they’re looking to build up a strong Sunday market, link in with local schools, and spread the word, says co-owner Christy Stapleton.
Baos Served with a (Possibly Cheesy) Smile
Apart from baos, Nikki Wong also makes matcha cookies, and tapioca-coconut “chews”.
A Retired Garda Still Walks His Beat
After Vincent Hourican retired as a community garda in the south of the city, he soon came back again as a reserve.
Why Is Powerscourt Centre Watering Its Front Steps?
Some Dubliners are disgruntled that staff soak the steps to stop people sitting there. But the manager of the complex says there are litter, health and safety issues at play.
An Art Student Is Trying to Take on the Public Dance Halls Act
Lorcan Rush wheeled a dance floor around Dublin, breaking the law everywhere from Merrion Square to in front of the Dáil, as his project for the NCAD graduate exhibition, set to run 9–17 June.
With Poor Public Transport, Cherry Orchard Residents Feel Cut Off from the City
Many say they’d like to see more buses or trains as part of a local area plan for the neighbourhood.
In Inchicore, Sharing Stories of the Camac River
This first evening of reminiscences was a prelude to an effort to clean up the river by 2027.
Low Pay Drives Workers Away from Jobs in Early-Years Education
The government says it has increased its spending on the sector, plans to increase it more, and is planning an independent review.
Irish-Moroccan Fusion Comes to Cork Street
Morocco Gate Restaurant will have tagines and couscous, of course. But there will also be chips with ras el hanout – a North African spice blend – and other unusual dishes.
In Council's Plans for Regeneration, Where Will It Move People To?
Dublin City Council faces challenges in its plans to renovate or rebuild more than 6,000 apartments. What will it do with those who live in the complexes?
In Inchicore, Some Think Emmet Hall Should Be a Protected Structure
The owner says that he has always respected its historical significance, but that he needs to make changes to turn it into housing.
A Jamaican-Irish Pop-Up Brings "Granny's Cooking" to Dublin
There might be jerk chicken, Jamaican patties, plantains, and more. But it’s not just about the food, says Nick Reynolds. “It’s a gathering … It’s a candlelit dinner, good people, a long table.”
Is It Time for Car-Free Sundays in the City?
One proposal from Dublin Cycling Campaign and another from a city councillor call for banning cars from at least a couple of streets, once a week.
In Bluebell, a Fried Breakfast Brings the Community Together
Each week, a couple dozen older Dubliners gather for breakfast in Bluebell, where they find fry-ups and community.
Several Visions Emerge for Building on Council Land in Inchicore
It’s been more than three years since Dublin City Council said it planned to use its biggest sites for housing, including land at St Michael’s Estate.
Planned Street Changes Ignore Needs of the Visually Impaired, Some Say
Councillors first backed the plan for improvements to Cathedral Street and Sackville Place in the city centre – but then a disability advocate flagged a problem.
A Talk Offers Advice on How to Share a House With Others
“There are rules around bringing [new] people in, and people don’t know what they can and can’t do, which could put the tenancy at risk,” says Stephen Large of Threshold.
Although Keen to Work, Some Find Dublin Employers Won't Accept Their Documents
Richard Grogan, a solicitor specialising in employment law, says he believes people with Stamp 1G or Stamp 3 statuses are being excluded because of “ignorance”, rather than anything else.
Some Ringsend Residents Are Concerned about Their Air Quality
As snakes of traffic through the east of the city lengthen, some residents in Ringsend want the Environmental Protection Agency to step up its pollution-monitoring.
In Bluebell, Councillor Calls Out Unauthorised Construction
The council gets about 1,500 complaints a year about unauthorised development, and more than 100 cases end up subject to legal proceedings, a spokesperson said.
Brushing Up: The Devil of Rialto Bridge
A worn little face, large-eared and deep-eyed, sits unassumingly on a building, tacked on to the old warehouse at Grand Canal Harbour. It used to have another home.
At Constitution Hill Flats, Plans for Redevelopment Edge Along
The 88 council-owned homes are due to be redeveloped, but some residents want to know more about what the plan is – though they wonder whether they can trust whatever council officials may tell them.
The Plant Bandit of Dublin City
Ciaran O’Byrne, who roams the city releasing trees from the ties to wooden stakes that strangle them, mourns the deaths last week of Crumlin village’s cherry trees.
Through Theatre, an "Irish Bastard" Reflects on Love
In John Farrell’s new play, he tells the story of his life – born in Ireland, moved by the Sisters of Mercy to New York – up to the age of 25, when his first real love was murdered.
Vacancy Watch: A South Dublin Apartment Complex That's Emptying Out
There are 51 apartments in the complex, which lies south of Dundrum. In January 2017, 34 were occupied, but now only 23 are.
Will Drimnagh Residents Finally Get a Library of Their Own?
They’ve been asking for 50 years, says one local resident. And now the council owns a site that some councillors reckon would be a good spot to build one.
Can a New Agency Make Spoken Word Pay?
“The one thing that lacks in the spoken-word community is advertising,” says Melissa Ridge.
As Government Ponders, More and More Renters Asked for Big Deposits
Six months ago, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy announced plans for a cap on the deposit a landlord can ask for from a renter. It’s not in place yet.
A Wikipedia Workshop Fills in the Gaps on Women Artists
Fewer than 18 percent of biographies on the English-language version of Wikipedia are of women.
What's Going on in Crumlin Shopping Centre?
The owners have been doing some corporate restructuring, and inside the centre there’s construction going on. Is it headed for a revival?
Easter Prep: The Art of Ukrainian Easter Eggs
There’s a workshop on how to make pysanka eggs scheduled for Friday in Stoneybatter.
Would Money for Empty Bottles Help Ease Littering?
Independent Councillor Vincent Jackson says he has been pushing for a refundable deposit scheme since 1995, but that the response from government to him has been that it “doesn’t suit”.
Two Food-Truckers Offer Many Flavours of Pierogi
These Irish-Polish pierogi include a sauerkraut-and-wild-mushrooms version, garnished with glazed aubergine with rosemary, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup.
The Council Has Proposed Shutting Down One of the City's Oldest Markets
Draft bye-laws propose to “de-designate” the Cumberland Street Market – meaning casual trading would no longer be permitted there.
Council Briefs: The George Bernard Shaw House, Bull Island, and More
Moving ahead with plans for the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, and “moral dilemmas” around housing. Here’s some of what has been discussed at recent council meetings.
Would Cafés Make Their Toilets Public, If It Meant Lower Rates?
Labour Councillor Mary Freehill wants to try a pilot in the south-east of the city.
For Freelance Journalists in Ireland, Chasing Payments Can Be Frustrating
Being a freelance journalist in Ireland is tough: the pay is often low, and even worse, some publications are slow to pay – or don’t pay at all. What’s a freelancer to do?
Would a Public Register Help Prevent Illegal Rent Hikes?
Some argue that a public register would help tenants to make sure the rent they are charged isn’t more than it should be. But is it worth giving up some privacy?
Renter? You Might Not Be Allowed to Adopt a Pet
Although not all shelters rule out renters, and not all landlords rule out pet owners, in Dublin’s tight rental market, being a pet lover can make things even tougher.
Artists Ask for Help to Protect the Icon Walk
Temple Bar is at risk of losing its Icon Walk, due to persistent vandalism and damage. It needs better lighting, CCTV, and intervention to help it survive, say those who built it.
Mexican Supper Clubs Bring Together Cuisine and Company
Two foodies offer cosy supper clubs in the city, giving Dubliners the chance to dine and chat over a showcase of Mexican cuisine.
A Monto Film Explores Three Women's Lives
Anne Maree Barry’s film is part documentary, part fiction and draws on the history of the north inner-city neighbourhood.
What's to Stop Old Buildings From Falling Apart?
Dublin City Council has only one conservation officer, and it lost its only buildings-at-risk officer back in 2009.
Exploring Chinatown's Hidden Menus
While many associate Chinese food with sweet, sticky sauces, there is another, more authentic set of dishes available to those who ask.
An Art Nouveau Collection in an Old Dublin Home
More than two decades ago, a Dublin lawyer stumbled by chance on an image by the artist Alphonse Mucha. It led to a life in search of his works.
At Dr Sketchy's, Drawing Sessions Favour Burlesque Dancers over Fruit Bowls
“I love when people post their work on Instagram afterwards, and it doesn’t matter if it’s really crappy, I just love it,” says organiser Scarlett Nymph.