Stations, bridges, and junctions – my submission to Dart+ South West

DART+ South West is a massive rail project which aims to hugely increase and electrify the capacity of the line coming from Celbridge/Hazelhatch into Dublin’s Heuston Station.

Consultation closes at 5pm on 23rd June 2021 here. Below are some of my main thoughts in answer to their questions. (If interested, here’s another great submission from Lauren Tuite.)

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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’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:

Co-Living application for Kilmainham: why it should be rejected

Below is an observation I submitted against a co-livng plan for the Carrigan’s Pub site on Old Kilmainham. I would like to see the site developed for housing for rent or purchase, but think that co-living is a bad housing model.

Update: Dublin City Council rightly rejected the application in March 2021. You can read their five reasons why here. Frustratingly, An Bord Pleanala overturned this decision in June 2022, and the plan was granted permission. No new co-living applications are possible since a government decision in 2021.

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Player Wills: planning submission

Below is an observation I submitted on the proposals for the Player Wills site, a large site being developed by property developer Hines. As the plans are so large, it is going directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the Council. You can see the full plans here.

This ties in with a similar submission I made on the adjacent Bailey Gibson site. Comments are welcome to

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