Local government in Dublin is broken. I was on the Citizens Assembly that recommended a powerful directly elected mayor for the capital. And after three years on the council, it’s so clear that our city needs one.
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100% Irish veg box: how it compares
Earlier this year I asked people for recommendations for a good veg box in Dublin 8. It can be a little hard to get clear info on what’s available, or what the value is like, so I wanted to share my experiences with them so far. Especially given the cost of living at the moment, …
⛴️🚄How to travel from Dublin to London by ferry and rail
I’ve taken a lot of “sail rail” journeys, going to the UK and the continent via ferry and rail. It’s lower carbon, but it’s also very nice if you love trains and hate airports. It’s also very cheap – basically going anywhere in the UK with a rail line from Dublin for a max of …
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Reddit AMA: 110 of Dubliners’ questions answered
I recently did an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) over on Reddit, a popular discussion website. There’s a Dublin-specific part of the site, and I invited users to ask any questions they might have.
👍 Home energy kits – in your local library
A handy thing you might not know: all Dublin City Council libraries have a home energy saving test kit, which you can take out for free (as you would a book).
Phoenix Park changes: good, bad and mixed
The government has just published their report into the consultation for mobility changes in the Phoenix Park. I reckon it’s progress, but a mixed bag: there are some big wins, some bits which are hard to judge at this stage, and at least two decisions where they have clearly bottled it.
Column: Why the left should support property taxes
Nobody likes paying tax, but I think most people understand that it’s necessary to pay for public services. I’m in TheJournal.ie’s opinion section on why property tax makes sense – and why people on the left should support it. You can read the full piece here: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/local-property-tax-changes-2021-5455578-Jun2021/
Greens’ 26 ideas for reopening Dublin city
The nine Green councillors on Dublin City Council have put together 26 ideas for the reopening of Dublin city centre.
Eight Islandbridge Ideas
I’ve spent a lot of time in Islandbridge during the lockdown. It’s a great part of the city – with close access to the Phoenix Park, War Memorial Gardens, the Liffey, and town.
Column: Dublin City Council’s decision to cut Local Property Tax will only favour the wealthy
I’m in TheJournal.ie’s opinion section on the decision to lower local property taxes. 2020 should be a year for more public services and more solidarity – not just tax cuts. You can read the full piece here: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/dublin-city-council-property-tax-5211928-Sep2020