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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The Phoenix Park parking strategy: my thoughts

The draft Phoenix Park parking strategy was published today. It’s here, open for public consultation until 6th June.

UPDATE: Neasa Hourigan TD, Cllr. Janet Horner, Feljin Jose and I put in a joint submission, which you can see here.

I’ve put a summary of what’s in the plan below, which I’ll eventually work into a full submission. But here are the key points:

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Swap AirBnB for housing on Thomas Street: my planning observation

There’s a planning application to convert commercial/office space on Thomas Street to AirBnB-style short-stay apartments.

In essence, I think the plans to change from office to accommodation are positive, but regular housing (for rent or purchase) would be preferable and more in line with city policy – especially given Ireland’s housing shortage.

UPDATE: Dublin City Council has rejected the application, largely on the same grounds as below.

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Latest update: new Liffey bridge for War Memorial Gardens

A new bridge is planned to go from the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge/Chapelizod across the Liffey. The Office of Public Works (OPW) are responsible. I keep this webpage updated with the latest information on the project.

The latest update (26th February 2024) is that a formal planning application for the bridge has been submitted. You can see that here and make a submission until the 2nd of April 2024.

The previous update (14th November 2023) was from a parliamentary question which Patrick Costello TD kindly put in on my behalf. It says that the OPW aim to apply for planning permission in the first quarter of 2023, hopefully tendering for the works in 2023.

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Public event: the Future of the Iveagh Markets

The Iveagh Markets are crumbling, but we’re working to save them and eventually get them reopened.

To look at the past, present and future of the markets, Patrick Costello and I are hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 14th March 2023, at 7:30pm in the Digital Hub. We’ll be meeting in the ID8 Studio, 157 Thomas Street.

We’ll hear from local historians, Patrick and I, and a councillor on the northside who’s been working on the related Fruit and Veg Markets on the northside.

No registration needed in advance: all welcome.

The poster for the event.

In support of the Donore Project: planning observation

The Land Development Agency are applying to build 543 apartments in Dublin 8, on the site of the old St. Teresa’s Gardens. I’m very supportive of the application – as it will provide much needed housing supply, particularly in the social housing and cost rental sectors.

Below is the short and simple observation I sent in to An Bord Pleanála in February 2023.

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Housing, not a hotel for Francis Street

Developers sought to build an aparthotel on the corner of Francis Street and Mark’s Alley. I think they should build housing there instead.

Below is the observation I sent in: all the documents are here. Dublin City Council rejected planning permission in March 2023.

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