Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Liam O’Brien writes:
The lads at Dublin City Council have really upped their signage game…
Phil Mitchell anyone?
First they wanted their drums, swords and flames.
Now they want their amps.
A total ban on the use of amplifiers by buskers has been recommended by Dublin City Council management as part of a revision of by-laws.
A report to councillors says the decibel limits introduced in by-laws over a year ago have only been partially effective and “extremely difficult to enforce”.
Assistant Chief Executive Brendan Kenny states in the report that complaints are increasing and 83% of the 238 public submissions received on revisions to the by-laws complained about noise levels.
Council management are now proposing to ban amplifiers and the use of the backing tracks for all buskers in the city.
Previously: A Big Ask
Tree sculptor Tommy Craggs puts the finishing touches on a Montreal Cyprus tree on the corner of St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin 5 commissioned by Dublin City Council.
Tommy began work on the project for three weeks in Autumn last year and has spent another two weeks this year finishing the project. It is believed the tree Is close to 200 years old.
Tommy worked in forestry until taking up sculpting nine years ago.
Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7
The building where it has been reported that there is a proposed eviction of 13 families who have been living in emergency accommodation…. The families were served with a notice stating that they were to be evicted on 26 February, election day, on 18 February. The stated reason for the eviction is an increase in the property’s rent which Dublin City Council (DCC) would not match.
At last night’s Dublin City Council joint policing committee meeting, councillors heard:
The murder rate is falling.
Property crime is down 4%
Drug offences including cultivation (-35%), possession of sale or supply (-11%) and possession for personal use (-3%).
Violent property crime is up 2% (27 incidents)
Assaults causing harm up 12%.
Begging related offences are up 410%.
Four hundred and ten per cent.
Cllr Daithi Doolin (SF) told the Dublin Gazette:
“What happens to people who have been arrested for begging? Are they simply locked up, then released back out again or are they put in contact with services that can help assist them?
That question wasn’t answered at the Joint Policing Committee and that was unfortunate but I think the reason is because the answer is not there.”
The Capuchin Day centre
Stuck for a roof this Xmas?
Lisa Kelleher, at Dublin City Council, writes:
Throughout the Christmas period, the work of the four Dublin local authorities and state-funded services will continue to provide emergency accommodation and support services for over 3,500 adults and children , every night, right across the Dublin region. This is a 71% increase in adults and children using our services, since November 2014.
If you are at risk of sleeping rough:
Contact the Housing First Service on 086 813 9015 from 7am until 11am This service is the official on-street response team to assist you if you are at risk of rough sleeping. Please contact the service immediately and be aware that if you are outside the city centre area, transport will be available to bring you to accommodation if you need it.
We would also like to appeal to members of the public to contact the service on www.homelessdublin.ie if they meet a person who is rough sleeping. The website provides a quick link to be completed, that will immediately alert the Housing First Service to the location of the person who might be sleeping rough.
If you are in need of emergency accommodation:
If your tenancy has ended and you are in need of emergency accommodation over the Christmas period from December 25th 2015 until January 3rd 2016 please contact Dublin City Council’s Homeless FREEPHONE on 1800 707 707. This service will be available everyday from 10am until 2am.
If you are in a family and accomodated in a commercial hotel:
The four Dublin local authorities have been contingency planning since October 2015 to ensure that the placements for households that are currently accommodated in commercial hotels can be extended through the Christmas period into early January 2016, whilst daily local authority placement offices are not open.Where hotels are closing for the Christmas period, alternative placements have been put in place.This information has been communicated to all relevant families, however we would appeal again to families to contact 1800 707 707 if they are concerned about their placement.
If you are renting and worried about losing your home:
If you are worried about your lease ending before Christmas or early in the new year, the Dublin local authorities would urge you to contact their dedicated Tenancy Protection Service, provided by Threshold on 1800 454 454 as soon as you feel your tenancy is at risk.
Annual Christmas Day dinner
The Knights of Columbanus continue to host the annual Christmas Day Dinner in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Anglesea Road Entrance. A free bus service is provide to and from the RDS every 20 minutes from 9.30am from three pick up points; Mansion House -Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Four Courts – Inns Quay, Dublin 1 and Clery’s Clock – O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1
There are a range of day services that are available and open throughout the Christmas period including;Capuchin Day Centre – 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7; Merchants Quay Day Service and Night Café – Riverbank, 4 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 and Focus Ireland Coffee Shop – 15 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The new monkey bar-free ‘play amenity area’ in Bishop Street Flat Complex, Dublin 8.
Sinéad Murphy, of Dublin City Council writes:
This newly designed space offers children and young people in the local area, a new form of free play which has an emphasis on imagination and social interaction, rather than the traditional swings and slides.
The new play area has carefully planned installations including hills and mounds, a stage area and a giant blackboard and mud kitchen. There is ample space for wheeled play, street games and imaginative free play. The focal point of this amenity is the giant picnic table where many social interactions can take place, sitting or chatting or just enjoying the new space.
The redevelopment of Bishop Street play area is part of ‘Outside the Box’ project. This cost effective and innovative project re-imagines and redesigns local spaces and places for play where children can experience and enjoy self directed free play that supports their learning, growth and development….
Dublin City Councillor Tina MacVeigh, of People Before Profit, top, at Dublin City Council meeting last night
Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan, of the Workers’ Party, writes:
“Last night Dublin City Councillors guillotined through, without debate, three emergency motions supporting the building of modular housing and the suspension of normal planning and procurement procedures in order to do this.”
“Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein refused to allow debate on the motions, and refused requests to hold an emergency meeting to allow proper discussion of this critical issue. Modular housing should certainly be considered as part of overall attempts to address the housing crisis; but not by making those who are currently homeless even more vulnerable by rushing through ill-thought-out proposals.”
Meanwhile, on Berkeley Street, Dublin 7…
The Peter McVerry Trust has opened Ireland’s first youth café for children and young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
Fair play, in fairness.
Previously: Absolutely Prefabulous
Pics: Peter McVerry Trust
The elected members of Dublin City Council should be wary of being influenced by computer-generated images of how College Green might look if proposed changes in traffic management are implemented.
The image [above] in your newspaper (“City council says College Green changes need to be agreed by Christmas”, September 17th) gives a fish-eye view of College Green that exaggerates the open space, reduces the height of the buildings and shrinks the size of the buses.
This is a ploy that was widely used in the past by car manufacturers but is now mainly used by property developers. It should never be used as a basis for solving traffic problems.
Pic: Dublin City Council