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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

Last weekend’s Sunday Business Post

Mark Hilliard, in The Irish Times, reports:

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan will face a vote calling for his resignation following incendiary remarks he made on homelessness in the capital.

A motion seeking support among city councillors will be raised at its meeting next month.

It follows an interview Mr Keegan gave to the Sunday Business Post in which he suggested homeless people may be reluctant to leave services in Dublin because these services are of high quality and are an “attractive” option.

…Workers Party councillor Éilis Ryan, who filed the motion, said she and others had called for his resignation and she has “put those calls on a formal basis”.

“Keegan’s claim that Dublin’s homeless services are ‘attracting’ people into homelessness has shored up unfounded rumours that homeless families are lazy, greedy or both,” she said in a statement.

Owen Keegan faces vote calling for him to resign (Mark Hilliard, The Irish Times)

City Council chief: good homeless services in Dublin create demand for them (Owen Keegan, Roisin Burke, Sunday Business Post, February 17, 2019)

Dublin Rental Investigator’s Twitter avatar; a letter sent to 64 Dublin City Council councillors from Dublin Rental Investigator last month (click to enlarge)

On January 14.

Dublin Rental Investigator tweeted a letter they sent to 64 Dublin City Council councillors about their concerns related to Spotahome.

Further to his…

This afternoon the account is tweeting to say they subsequently received responses from five councillors – three of whom, according to Dublin Rental Investigator, raised queries with the council…

And that the office of the chief executive of Dublin City Council has advised that Dublin Rental Investigator’s account should be monitored for reports of substandard accommodation in the Dublin City Council area and that the council should take action when necessary…

The account states that “it’s great they can depend on my work” but it would be more beneficial if they “monitored the platforms that actually advertise property in the first place”.

Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

Dublin Rental Investigator

Meanwhile…

The Council Has Proposed Shutting Down One of the City’s Oldest Markets (Zuzia Whelan, Dublin Inquirer)

Ah here.

Dublin City Council tweetz:

“Would you throw your butts on me?” See it for what it is. Bin Your Butt, Dublin. #BinTheButt

Leave him alone.

*sucks on Capstan full strength dog-end*

Bin the Butt (Dublin City Council)

Gemma O’Doherty addressing Dublin City Council chamber yesterday

Yesterday, Gemma O’Doherty was among a number of Presidential hopefuls including Peter Casey, John Goarke and Sarah Louise Mulligan to make their case to Dublin City Council.

Councillors chose to discard all nomination following disruptions during an address by comedy candidate Norma Burke aka Bunty Twuntingdon McFluff.

Ms O’Doherty told councillors:

As a proud Ranelagh woman who grew up just up the road from here it’s a honor to be here today but I would like to pay tribute to the brave young men and women who are currently occupying properties in the city and trying to draw attention to the appalling housing crisis that our city and country now face.

I would like to put on the record of this chamber that I am profoundly disturbed at the sight of men in balaclavas coming down to our city, guarded by our police force, and removing these young people, who are desperate, who cannot afford even to dream of buying a house in this city, never mind renting one, and my reason for seeking this nomination is in furtherance of my desire to serve the cause of truth, justice and integrity for the Irish people.

I believe that our relatively young nation is suffering from a culture of corruption and clientism which is deeply damaging to democracy and to the relationship between politicians and citizens.

I believe that the presidency can set the standard for the sort of democracy that we all want to live in, one that respects citizens’ right to truth and justice, the right to affordable housing, the right to a first world health care service, the right to a publicly owned safe and reliable water supply and the right to a free press.

Most of my work in investigative journalism has focused on exposing wrongdoing within the criminal justice system. A number of my investigations have let to the reopening of murder files including that of Niall Molloy and Mary Boyle, our longest and youngest missing person.

During my work at the Irish Independent, where I spent almost 20 years, I worked with Maurice McCabe and was one of the first journalists to expose the very serious allegations that he was trying to highlight, and as part of my work I was responsible for exposing I suppose an elite that had been operating in this country and continue to operate people who are going onto the roads of our country and doing whatever speeds they liked.

Some of these people were judges, some of them were state solicitors, journalists, crime reporters and newspaper editors.

As part of that particular work I exposed the fact that the Garda Commissioner, the former Garda Commissioner, was also abusing the penalty points system and that resulted in the end of my career at INM. I was forced to take a case to the High Court, where I was successful.

Since then, I have been highlighting injustice and organizing a number of trips to foreign parliaments with victims of state corruption and these have included Stormont, Brussels, Westminster and Washington DC, where I have visited with citizens who have been denied justice and spoke to foreign MPs and MEPs and tried to highlight cases that Irish governments have turned their back on.

As I said earlier I am very concerned about the housing and health crisis and I believe that boundaries of the presidency can be pushed out in order to stand up and defend those who have lost their voices in this country. I believe that there are many of them now.

Many more people become voiceless every day in our city and our country and they are the people I would like to defend.

Thank you very much for listening to me today.

Watch here (from 23.33)

Dublin City Council votes not to endorse any presidential candidate following ‘outrageous’ scenes (Independent.ie)

Earlier: And For That Reason

Previously:: Mid Morning Presidential Matters

They Are Laughing At You

Tonight.

At 6pm, at Dublin City Hall.

Dublin City Council will vote on a motion not to sell the Sean McDermott Street magdalene laundry (above) to a Japanese hotel chain – after the vote didn’t take place on September 3.

An online petition in support of the motion has, as of this afternoon, gained 10,466 signatures.

Further to this…

Supporters of the motion are calling on people to join them in a peaceful protest outside the city hall at 6pm as the vote takes place.

Via Not yours to sell! Take 2 (Facebook)

Previously: Out Of Time

Related: Any sale of Magdalene Laundry site in Dublin must include permanent memorial, report says (Newstalk)

Yesterday evening.

At Dublin City Council.

A scheduled vote on a motion from Social Democrat councillor Gary Gannon – to stop the sale of the magdalene laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain – never took place as the council ran out of time.

The motion will be back on the agenda on Thursday, September 13.

A petition in support of the motion has gained more than 10,000 signatures.

It can be signed here.

Vote on Magdalene Laundry sale adjourned by Dublin council (Breakingnews.ie)

Previously: Acknowledgement

The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1

Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon, for Dublin’s North Inner City, has set up a petition calling on Dublin City Council to stop the sale of the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site to a Japanese hotel chain.

He writes:

Dublin City Council is planning to sell the 2-acre Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain for €14 million.

The elected Dublin City Councillors have the power to stop the sale. They will vote on a motion to stop the Council’s plan on Monday 3rd September.

Sign the petition here

Previously: The Last Laundry