How many people were at the household charge protest?

Estimating  the size of the crowd at protests can be a pain the head. However, things get vastly easier if the protest stops somewhere and you have fairly clear photographs of the protesters and the area they are occupying, ideally taken from a vantage point. The household charge protest yesterday meets those requirements when it was outside the Dublin […]

BLOG: What happens when you close off a street?

Pictured below is what happened, apparently very much so unplanned, when Grangegorman Upper in Dublin 7 was closed off for road works and the work did not start straight away. Children and toddlers played on the street outside their houses: It’s a reminder that streets don’t all have to be car parks and rat runs. Why isn’t […]

Ballinteer man is Dublin’s newest MEP

Joe Higgins, searing political wit and staunch defender of the working classes, is a tough act to follow. But 27-year-old Paul Murphy is quietly confident that he can fill the shoes of the great Socialist when he takes over as Dublin MEP next month. A native of Ballinteer who has been assistant to Joe Higgins […]

Wheels set in motion for Dublin Bikes expansion

Dublin Bikes in a suit

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“White elephant on tracks”

We don’t need rail in Dublin, buses will do, and rail projects are “white elephants.” Rail is a waste and will cost us dearly, we can’t afford it. Does this sound familiar? From Dart to Luas and now Metro North, the story from the opposition is the same. The record seems to be playing the same tune even after […]

BLOG: A different kind of Happy Pills shop opens in Temple Bar

It could nearly be mistaken for a headshop selling legal highs. Some people even view the products at Happy Pills as legal highs — sweets. There are different kinds of sweets on offer but the real selling point is mixed sweets in a jar that you stuff in as many as you can. Strangely, there’s […]

BLOG: How well does real-time Dublin Bus info work?

Dublin City Council have been installing Luas-like electronic, real-time timetables at bus stops since last last year. It should mean an end to waiting for a bus that for some reason is never going to come, but how well does it work? We watched one of the units today for a short time outside Xtra-vision in Fairview […]

How does a 5km cycle route cost €10m?

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O’Connell to stay for now, but Larkin to go soon

After we wrote about Metro North’s enabling works, it was mentioned on Twitter that the O’Connell Monument will be removed within weeks. However, the RPA tells us that this is not to happen. The O’Connell Monument is only planned to be removed before the main works start. However, it said that monuments to James Larkin […]

The Metals opens as an Irish Heart Foundation route

The Metals walking and cycling route in Dun Laoghaire is to be opened as a Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route next week, here’s the press release for the council: As part of the Irish Sports Council’s National Walking Event, in conjunction with Operation Transformation, a new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte […]

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