Tag Archives: Dublin

This morning.

At Government Buildings in Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets European Council President Donald Tusk for talks ahead of the European Council summit later in the week.

Beats Juncker, spose.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews


Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Last night.

At The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A group of workers, trade unionist and activists gathered at The Ivy restaurant to highlight what they claim is ‘tip theft’ of workers’ tips.

They also read out a ‘menu’ of workplace issues (top), they claim have been reported by past and present staff, to customers and management.

In a statement to the Irish Times today (see link below), the restaurant said:  “100 per cent of credit card tips are shared amongst the entire 150 staff members members (excluding management)”.

It added: “A gratuity per hour is paid to every staff member in addition to their contractual hourly wage and is guaranteed by the company in that any shortfall, regardless of whether any tips are paid by patrons, will be made up by the company.”

“All cash tips are kept by the individual waiter/waitress, although they are encouraged to share these tips with their colleagues.”

The protest follows Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins telling the Dáil on March 7:

“Recently, I’ve been approached by workers in a new, very swanky and expensive Ivy restaurant where the company are taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff – using these tips to make up the difference in their wages.

“I’ll give you an example. One worker signed a contract, in October, for €14.90 an hour. They’re now being paid €9.80 an hour and the difference is being made up with the tips. So this company is robbing the workers of their money and we don’t know where the rest of the money is going…it seems to be pocketed by the company.”

Protest held outside Ivy restaurant in Dublin over waiters’ tips (Áine McMahon, The Irish Times)

Previously: Swanky

Simon Judge tweetz:

Sick and tired of near misses from reckless taxi drivers in #Dublin – this guy came within a whisker of hitting me on Nassau St then got super aggressive when I called him on it at the next red light.



Free the lanes.

Dublin Fire Brigade tweetz:

Firefighter/Paramedics have responded to a collision involving a LUAS tram and a car on Jervis Street. There are no serious injuries. Crews from Phibsborough and HQ attended.


Stop that.


Ah now.

Paddy Cosgrave

Adrian Weckler, on Independent.ie, reports:

Paddy Cosgrave’s Web Summit is to move MoneyConf, the 5,000-strong financial technology conference scheduled for Dublin this June, to Lisbon.

Instead of a standalone event this June, it will now be part of the Web Summit this November, said Mr Cosgrave.

It is understood that the decision was taken in recent weeks. Companies that had made plans around the two-day June conference in the RDS in June will now be “accommodated” through refunds and possibly travel and accommodation compensation.

Paddy Cosgrave’s Web Summit to move 5,000-strong MoneyConf out of Dublin (Adrian Wreckler, Independent.ie)

Previously: Paddy Cosgrave on Broadsheet

Building site in Dublin

Last night.

At a meeting of Dublin City Council.

Councillors were shown plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin “to provide up to 20,000 homes in four new ‘towns’ in the city area”.

John Kilraine, of RTE, reports:

A monthly meeting was told that up to 270 hectares has been identified on four key growth sites within the M50 presently zoned Z6 for industrial use.

The sites are situated at Jamestown Business Park, Finglas; Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin; sites near the Malahide Rd, Coolock and a tranch of land along the Naas Road from Inchicore to Cherry Orchard.

City Planner John O’Hara said this was the start of a process that could provide 17,000 to 20,000 homes in 10 to 20 years time.

Plans to rezone industrial land in Dublin unveiled (RTE)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Earlier: Latent Defects Insurance And Ireland

Herbert Simms City‘.

Tribute to a modernist public servant.

By Paddy Cahill, who writes:

I though you might be interested in a short piece we have just made looking at some of the Dublin buildings of former Dublin Corporation Housing Architect, Herbert Simms, top, (who oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City).

Overworked and under-appreciated, Simms took his own life at the age of 50 on September 27th 1948 leaving a note: “I cannot stand it any longer, my brain is too tired to work any more. It has not had a rest for 20 years except when I am in heavy sleep. It is always on the go like a dynamo and still the work is being piled on to me.”

This short film observes some of Simms designs, while we hear Nell Regan’s poem inspired by him, and Irene Buckley’s original musical composition.

Top pic: Irish Times


Architect Kevin Roche: Dublin born but raised in Mitchelstown, County Cork,

Kevin Roche, the Irish-American architect and Pritzker laureate known whose modernist sensibility transformed America’s post-war cultural and corporate institutions, has died of natural causes in his home in Guilford, Connecticut. News of Roche’s passing was first posted to the website of his office, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates late on 02 March. He was 96 years old.

Kevin Roche, Celebrated Designer of Post-War America, Passes away at 96 (ArchitectDaily)

Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 (New York Times)

Pic: Roche, Dinkloo & Associatesd

On Saturday, March 9.

At 2pm.

The National Homeless and Housing Coalition will hold a demonstration in Dublin.

They write:

“The coalition is supported by community groups, charities, NGO’s, student unions, political parties, trade unions, musicians and artists and we need to build on the momentum of last year that saw 18,000 people take to the streets in December.

…Rebuild Ireland has been an unmitigated disaster yet the cross party motion that was passed in the Dail in October that called for practical actions that would end the emergency, including making it illegal to evict someone into homelessness, were ignored by the government even though it was supported by all parties except Fine Gael. We are demanding action on the motion.

We also learned that 15 Dublin hotels received over €1m each in 2018 for accommodating homeless families which further illustrates the reliance on the private sector. These families need public housing built on public lands, they need proper homes.

Last year there were 842 cases of children being discharged from the Temple Street Emergency Department back into homeless emergency accommodation. The majority of these cases were a direct result of the fact that these children are living in completely unsuitable and cramped emergency accommodation.”

More details here

Earlier: “Lazy, Greedy Or Both”

Previously: The Home Crowd