Citizens’ agenda
Local elections 2019

Marius Marosan

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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".

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