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Roscommon Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy

This afternoon.

Oireachtas members sleeping in their cars due to a lack of hotel accommodation in Dublin is not a widespread phenomenon, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.

Via RTE News:

It follows a report in a newspaper that an Oireachtas member from the west of Ireland said he slept in his car after he was unable to find a room.

The unnamed politician (since named) told the Irish Daily Mail he slept in his car twice after repeated attempts to find a place to stay failed.

Mr Martin said that there are pressures on accommodation due to a rebound in tourism and efforts to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said he was not aware of the case.

Taoiseach says Oireachtas members sleeping in cars ‘not widespread’ (RTE)


Government politicians are given a €120 a night accommodation allowance and Senator Murphy said “out of principal” he would never pay more than €200 a night for a room.

Senator Murphy said has only been able to secure a room for one night in the last three weeks and when he asked if he could book the same for room next week he was told there “was not a chance” as the hotel is fully booked.

Politician forced to sleep in his car due to lack of hotel rooms in Dublin: ‘You end up with three hours’ sleep’ (Independent.ie)


Houses on Inis Mor overlooking the Atlantic towards Connemara, Co Galway

For as long as I have been reading the pages of this newspaper, and observing political debate more generally, public discourse has been gripped by the trials and tribulations of a place called “Rural Ireland”.

While nobody ever defines where this place actually is, by common consensus it seems to be somewhere, or everywhere, out there “beyond the M50 motorway”.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan was the latest to incur the instant wrath of “Rural Irelanders” by having the temerity to suggest that the radical lifestyle changes, which every major political party agrees will need to be brought about in response to climate change, may require a future with fewer cars.

The reality is that the narrative of “Rural Ireland” is now often deployed as a catch-all euphemistic trope to camouflage the deeply reactionary, car-based culture that we have allowed to develop over the past half-century.

We know from the census data that, in general, the vast bulk of “Rural Ireland” is located within 10 kilometres of a large town or city; those commuting greater than 30 minutes to work typically have higher incomes; and live in much larger houses.

“Rural Ireland” has a lot of genuine challenges which need urgent, sustained attention, but it is not a homogenous space.

North Leitrim is not the same as north Kildare. Much of what we class as “Rural Ireland” is, in fact, the sprawling geographical extension of “Urban Ireland”, or what is more pejoratively referred to as middle-class flight.

As the debate on what we do about climate change intensifies, so too will the prominence of “Rural Ireland”.

It therefore behoves us to have more nuanced media reporting. This will require a recognition that; not only does its car-dependent legacy create very many real and practical problems for decarbonisation; it is also a state of mind that needs to be challenged.

Gavin Daly,
Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place,
University of Liverpool.


Finding ‘Rural Ireland’ (The Irish Times letters page)

Previously: It Takes A Village

‘We Deeply Regret The Hurt That Has Been Caused’



Spotted on Pottery Road in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Micheál tweetz:

“Not cool @Enterprise in Pottery Rd. DúnLaoghaire, Ireland, I counted 7 vehicles illegally dumped in the Cycle Lane… at school finishing time, forcing me and my kids (and others) out into the dangerous traffic.”

Daragh tweetz:

“New Low from @Enterprise on Pottery Road Today. Bad enough using adjacent streets as overflow car storage – now the bike lane is gone as well.”

Free the cycle lanes!

A short by designer and art director Chris Labrooy featuring an ‘all star automotive cast from around the world’, but not in any normal way. To wit:

Elegant British classics mixed with Inflatable German autos and chopped up American metal. Including the E-Type Jaguar; Porsche 911 Carrera RS / Flamingo spec; 68 Pontiac Bonneville; Porsche 911 carrera RS / Swan spec; Mercedes Pagoda; Mercedes Transporter; BMW 3.0 CSL; Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; Citroen 2CV; Ford F-150 and Porsche 911 Carrera RS / Duck spec.


Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 yesterday

Further to the reduction of car lanes along Dublin’s quays to one and cars no longer being able to turn right onto O’Connell Bridge from Bachelors Walk…

This frustration of those who commute by car is misdirected at Dublin City Council, when it is their fellow motorists who are better placed to alleviate the problem.

Dublin City Council will inevitably attempt to promote methods of transport which are more efficient in bringing people to the highly congested city centre.

Private cars are the least efficient method possible in terms of road space, parking space, energy consumption and pollution. While there will always be a need for private cars for certain individuals, their present use among city centre commuters is excessive.

If the only people insisting on using private cars to commute were those who genuinely could not use other means, be it due to infirmity, distance or a lack of a reasonable public transport alternative, the congestion in the city centre would be a much smaller problem.

The reality is that commuters in areas of Dublin such as my own, which are well served by public transport and within cycling distance of the city centre, continue to drive past the bus stop 10 metres from their front door on their way to work.

Restrictions are only necessary because certain commuters need greater incentives to change their behaviour.

Once they do, the commute will be easier for everyone, including those who need to drive.

Christopher McMahon,
Dublin 15.


Traffic and Dublin’s quays (Irish Times letters page)

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews