Camac flood risk: what is being done?

The River Camac is one of the main tributaries to the Liffey, but carries a risk of flooding. In 2011, there was a particularly bad flood which submerged homes, caused huge damage, and leaves many residents in the area understandably concerned and often unable to access insurance.

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15 new trees for Rialto: the plans

Dublin City Council is working to plant more street trees and bring more nature into the city. The Greens are strongly supportive and we are pushing the council to do more, along with budgeting for more parks, pocket forests, and greenery.

Some planting has already been done in the Rialto area along Reuben Street, with more to come on the north end of Reuben Street, Haroldville Avenue, and St. Anthony’s Road.

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Liffey Vale Biodiversity centre in Chapelizod & Islandbridge: latest

There’s a brilliant plan to build a biodiversity centre along the north bank of the Liffey, between Chapelizod and Islandbridge, just south of the Phoenix Park. The full project name is the “Cois Abhann Liffey Vale Biodiversity Centre”, which will restore and expand the historic Liffey Vale House, a beautiful Georgian building that has fallen into dereliction.

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What’s the deal with Bike Bunkers in Dublin?

Bike bunkers had a really successful trial in Dublin, starting in 2015. But there are still very few – despite huge demand. What gives?

I often get asked about the delay in rolling out the scheme. It’s one of the most frustrating delays I’ve seen on the council, but hopefully we’re beginning to make progress. This is a long saga, but hopefully gives you some insight into the delay behind this great idea.

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Magazine Fort in Phoenix park renovation: latest news

There’s a plan to renovate the brilliant Magazine Fort, a bastion fort in the Phoenix Park. Built in 1785 (and added to over the years), it’s a brilliant building, but is in terrible condition.

In October 2021, the Office of Public Works announced plans to renovate, restore, and protect the building. You can see some of those plans covered in the Irish Times here (the video is worth a look). The official OPW press release on the project is here.

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The Future of Kilmainham Mill: my submission

Kilmainham Mill has been saved. Dublin City Council has bought the site and recently finished stabilising the structure. A public consultation ran until 3rd November, asking for short feedback on what should the future use be.

The length of submissions was limited, so here is the short submission I put in:

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Generating more than we used: solar electricity on a Dublin home

I’ve had seven solar panels on my terraced home in Inchicore (Dublin 8) for two years today. I am incredibly positive about it. The house has generated more electricity than its used over the past two years.

I get a lot of questions about it, so wanted to go through some of the basic info that might be helpful to people considering it, or just interested in knowing more.

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Citizens’ Assembly on drugs: a short submission

The Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use is taking submissions from the public until 30th June 2023. Every submission is shared with members of the assembly, and you can add yours here. Below is mine.

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