Conflict + the City – Free talks

Some of you might be interested in this two day conference at Liberty Hall. The event is free but you must register through the email at the bottom of this press release.  It is a public event and open to all.

31st May-June 1st 

List of speakers can be found here: http://conflictandthecity.ie/speakers/

 

CONFLICT + THE CITY – Public Conference in Liberty Hall Theatre  (FREE)

City Wall CHAPTER 5-700x572Dublin City Council’s Heritage Office, in conjunction with UCD Decade of Centenaries, is organising a two-day Public Conference entitled‘Conflict + The City’ in Liberty Hall Theatre. The Conference is aimed at the general public and admission is free.

Over the two days speakers will engage with the audience in discussing the effect of war on the streets and buildings of cities, the rebuilding that then happens and how this affects the way we experience our cities today. Day one will mostly concentrate on Dublin post-rebellion (and post-1922) and then broaden out to look at major cities across Europe with international speakers focusing on Beirut and Berlin. Day two will look at Jerusalem, Belfast, Sarajevo, and the contemporary situation in Calais, for examples.

Speaking about the conference, Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer with Dublin City Council said “This conference is designed for the general public, for anyone who has an interest in Dublin and how the city was rebuilt after the conflicts that took place from 1916 to 1922. But as well as that, we will be placing Dublin in a greater European context and looking at the effect of conflicts on other great European cities. A host of International speakers, together with local experts will deliver talks on an aspect of the city that has yet to be explored.”

Dr. Ellen Rowley of UCD said “Staying in the twentieth century, this two-day public conference will present research into various architectures of war and cities in repair, from Beirut to Blitz-time London; from Cold War bunkers to Belfast’s peace-lines. Today, in Dublin, much of how we move through, spend time in and experience the city comes out of the 1920s reconstruction projects. The scars of conflict and the efforts towards rebuilding resonate through Dublin’s architecture, almost 100 years later.”

ENDS

The conference is free but booking is essential.

For more information see W: www.conflictandthecity.ie

E: heritage@dublincity.ie T: (01) 222 3090

 

Women of 1916- Áine Ceannt

The images on this site are from our installation ‘Something to Live for’ situated over the Ivy on Parliament Street and Dame Street Dublin.  The work was first installed in 2006 and has been reinstated for 2016.

Aine Ceannt

Áine Ceannt (née Brennan) – Something to Live For

 

Áine Ceannt (née Brennan)  1880-1954

Frances O’Brennan is best known by her married name, Áine Ceannt, as the widow of Eamonn Ceannt, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

Frances was born on 23 September 1880, four months after the death of her father, Frank O’Brennan. Elizabeth Butler, Fanny’s mother got a job as a nurse in a workhouse after her husband’s death.

At the turn of the century Fanny joined the Gaelic League and, like many of the other women who became interested in the Irish language, she adopted an Irish name, Áine.  It was in the Gaelic League that she met Eamonn Ceannt. Their first encounter was on an annual excursion to Galway in 1901.  The couple married on 7th June 1905.  Their son Rónán was born on 18th  June 1906. Eamonn worked in the Dublin Corporation.  By 1916, he was the assistant to the City Treasurer and commanded a substantial salary.  He was a committed nationalist; in 1913, he joined the Irish Volunteers as a Private and rose to the rank of Captain.  He was in charge of the South Dublin Union garrison in 1916.

Just before his execution on 8th May 1916, Eamonn Ceannt wrote a last letter to his wife: ‘My dearest wife Áine. Not wife but widow before these lines reach you….Dearest ‘silly little Fanny’ My poor little sweetheart of – how many – years ago…Ever my comforter, God comfort you now.  What can I say? I die a noble death, for Ireland’s freedom…You will be – you are, the wife of one of the Leaders of the Revolution.  Sweeter still you are my little child, my dearest pet, my sweetheart of the hawthorn hedges and Summer’s ever….’

Like many of the other widows, Áine moved into a public role following the Rising. She had been a member of Cumann na mBan from its inception and her sister Lily, was in the Marrowbone Lane garrison. Áine served as vice-president of Cumann na mBan from 1917-1925.  In 1918 she contested the elections for the Urban District Council of Rathmines and was vice-chairman for a period.  During the years 1920-21, she acted as a District Justice in the republican courts in the Dublin suburbs of Rathmines and Rathgar. During the War of Independance, she sheltered men on the run; one of the many who stayed with her was Robert Barton.  She also acted as an arbitrator for the Labour Department of Dáil Éireann in wage disputes throughout the country.

In 1920, she became the founding member of the Irish White Cross allocating funds for the benefit of orphans of wars in Ireland.  By 1941 the office had closed but Áine archived all the papers and wrote a history of the White Cross from 1920-1947. 

From 1939-1947 she was a member of the Red Cross.  Mine died in February 1954. Her funeral took place in her local parish in Dundrum, County Dublin and she was buried in Deansgrange cemetery.

From the installation ‘Something to Live for’ Parliament St/Dame St Dublin by Farcry Productions Ltd.

http://www.1916onehundred.ie

32nd Dáil Éireann…so far

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‘Something to Live for’ – Installation at The Ivy/Oak -Parliament Street 2016

Here’s wishing all those elected to represent the people of Ireland the very best. Reconnect the people to the Dáil the Dáil to it’s people.

FIANNA FÁIL

Bobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny)

John McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny)

Brendan Smith (Cavan Monaghan)

Niamh Smyth (Cavan Monaghan)

Timmy Dooley (Clare)

Kevin O’Keefe (Cork East)

Billy Kelleher (Cork North Central)

Aindrias Moynihan (Cork North West)

Michael Moynihan (Cork North West)

Michael McGrath (Cork South Central)

Micheál Martin (Cork South Central)

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Cork South West)

Charlie McConalogue (Donegal)

Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (Donegal)

Sean Haughey (Dublin Bay North)

Jim O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay South)

Darragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal)

John Curran (Dublin Mid West)

John Lahart (Dublin South West)

Jack Chambers (Dublin West)

Anne Rabbitte (Galway East)

Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West)

John Brassil (Kerry)

Frank O’Rourke (Kildare North)

James Lawless (Kildare North)

Fiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South)

Seán O’Feargháil (Kildare South)

Sean Fleming (Laois)

Willie O’Dea (Limerick City)

Niall Collins (Limerick County)

Robert Troy (Longford Westmeath)

Declan Breathnach (Louth)

Dara Calleary (Mayo)

Lisa Chambers (Mayo)

Thomas Byrne (Meath East)

Shane Cassells (Meath West)

Barry Cowen (Offaly)

Eugene Murphy (Roscommon Galway)

Marc MacSharry (Sligo Leitrim)

Jackie Cahill (Tipperary)

Mary Butler (Waterford)

James Browne (Wexford)

Pat Casey (Wicklow)

Eamon Scanlon (Sligo-Leitrim)

FINE GAEL

John Paul Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny)

Pat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny)

Heather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan)

Pat Breen (Clare)

Joe Carey (Clare)

David Stanton (Cork East)

Dara Murphy (Cork North Central)

Michael Creed (Cork North West)

Simon Coveney (Cork South Central)

Jim Daly (Cork South West)

Joe McHugh (Donegal)

Richard Bruton (Dublin Bay North)

Eoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South)

Kate O’Connell (Dublin Bay South)

Paschal Donohoe (Dublin Central)

Alan Farrell (Dublin Fingal)

Frances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid West)

Noel Rock (Dublin North-West)

Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown)

Catherine Byrne (Dublin South Central)

Colm Brophy (Dublin South West)

Leo Varadkar (Dublin West)

Maria Bailey (Dun Laoghaire)

Sean Barrett (Dun Laoghaire) – automatically re-elected

Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dun Laoghaire)

Ciaran Cannon (Galway East)

Sean Kyne (Galway West)

Hildegarde Naughton (Galway West)

Brendan Griffin (Kerry)

Bernard Durkan (Kildare North)

Martin Heydon (Kildare South)

Charlie Flanagan (Laois)

Michael Noonan (Limerick City)

Patrick O’Donovan (Limerick County)

Tom Neville (Limerick County)

Peter Fitzpatrick (Louth)

Fergus O’Dowd (Louth)

Enda Kenny (Mayo)

Michael Ring (Mayo)

Helen McEntee (Meath East)

Regina Doherty (Meath East)

Damien English (Meath West)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (Offaly)

Tony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim)

John Deasy (Waterford)

Micheal D’Arcy (Wexford)

Paul Kehoe (Wexford)

Andrew Doyle (Wicklow)

Simon Harris (Wicklow)

Eamon Ryan  (Dublin Bay South)

Catherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown)

INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE

Finian McGrath (Dublin Bay North)

Shane Ross (Dublin Rathdown)

Sean Canney (Galway East)

Kevin “Boxer ” Moran (Longford Westmeath)

Michael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon Galway)

John Halligan (Waterford)

INDEPENDENTS/OTHERS

Michael Harty (Clare)

Michael Collins (Cork South West)

Thomas Pringle (Donegal)

Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North)

Maureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central)

Clare Daly (Dublin Fingal)

Joan Collins (Dublin South Central)

Katherine Zappone (Dublin South West)

Catherine Connolly (Galway West)

Noel Grealish (Galway West)

Danny Healy-Rae (Kerry)

Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry)

Denis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway)

Michael Lowry (Tipperary)

Mattie McGrath (Tipperary)

Seamus Healy (Tipperary)

Mick Wallace (Wexford)

LABOUR

Sean Sherlock (Cork East)

Brendan Ryan (Dublin Fingal)

Joan Burton (Dublin West)

Jan O’Sullivan (Limerick City)

Alan Kelly (Tipperary)

Brendan Howlin (Wexford)

PBP/AAA

Mick Barry (Cork North Central)

Gino Kenny (Dublin Mid West)

Paul Murphy (Dublin South West)

Ruth Coppinger (Dublin West)

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dun Laoghaire)

Bríd Smith (Dublin South Central)

SINN FÉIN

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow Kilkenny)

Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin (Cavan Monaghan)

Pat Buckley (Cork East)

Jonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central)

Donnchadh O’Laoghaire (Cork South Central)

Pearse Doherty (Donegal)

Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central)

Denise Mitchell (Dublin Bay North)

Louise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal)

Eoin O’Broin (Dublin Mid West)

Dessie Ellis (Dublin North West)

Aengus Ó’Snodaigh (Dublin South Central)

Sean Crowe (Dublin South West)

Martin Ferris (Kerry)

Brian Stanley (Laois)

Maurice Quinlivan (Limerick City)

Gerry Adams (Louth)

Imelda Munster (Louth)

Peadar Tóibín (Meath West)

Carol Nolan (Offaly)

Martin Kenny (Sligo Leitrim)

David Cullinane (Waterford)

John Brady (Wicklow)

SOCIAL DEMOCRATS

Roisín Shortall (Dublin North West)

Catherine Murphy (Kildare North)

Stephen Donnelly (Wicklow)

Voting Register Closes Feb 9th 5pm

Are you registered to vote?

 SUPPLEMENTARY REGISTER CLOSES ON TUESDAY 9TH FEB AT 5PM (Dublin City Council)

Dublin City Council is asking voters to check immediately if they are registered to vote on the Register of Electors, so that they can be sure of having their say and vote in the forthcoming general election.

 The Register of Electors 2016-2017 was published on the 1st February 2016 and is on display at Dublin City Council offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and online at www.checktheregister.ie . If you are aged 18 or over, check that your name, address and details are correct on the Register.

Mr. Vincent Norton, Executive Manager, Dublin City Council says, “I would strongly advise people to make sure they are registered now to avoid disappointment as past experience has shown that many eligible people lost their chance to vote by simply not checking the register. I would encourage all who are eligible to vote to check the website immediately and to register with your local authority, to be included on the

Supplementary Register.  Postal applications must be received by 5pm Friday, 5thFebruary 2016 and the Supplementary Register will close on Tuesday 9th February 2016, 5pm deadline”.

 To be eligible to vote in this election one must be an Irish citizen or a British citizen resident in Ireland.

 Forms are available to download directly from the Dublin City Council website

www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/VotingandElections  or you can contact the Franchise Section Tel 222 5010.

Truth by James Gandon


In October 2012 I put in a question to the City Manager in relation to a statue by James Gandon that had been knocked over by a Film Unit truck in Kings Inn, Dublin.  The statue, known as Truth (or ‘Henrietta’ locally) was left in the car park for over a year without protection except a bit of sacking.  In April 2013, again after many concerned locals asked about the protection of the statue, I again raised the issue with the City Council.  This statue formed part of the Four Courts prior to the Civil war.  After the shelling of the Four Courts there was not a scratch on this sculpture.  It was removed to the Kings Inns for safe keeping and good custody where it was more or less destroyed by wrecklessness and lack of due care.  Not only from the driver of the truck (who reversed into her) but from all of those who are charged with its safe keeping.  If those who are charged with the protection of our heritage fail at this level, God only knows what the future holds.

Henrietta Street is almost now an extension of a Film studios.  The impact of these trucks on this delicate area and the residents who live there needs to be addressed and we need far more transparency and accountability as to what is exactly happening to this sculpture (Truth) which was recently removed for supposed repairs.  Also, a date when it will be returned to its rightful place.

We certainly don’t want the kind of vandalism thats been shown by their most recent installation and its new unsightly plinth.

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Reinstalled Sculptures at Kings Inn with ‘out of place’ plinth.

 

 

October 2012  Questions to the City Manager:

Can the City Manager issue a report with regard to damage caused to a protected structure, an 18th century statue, at the Kings Inn in Henrietta Street Dublin on 4/5th April, 2012.  This damage would appear to have been caused while filming was taking place in this locality which is a heritage site and a protected structure.  It would appear a film truck backed into the plinth, toppling the statue to the ground. This protected heritage item has been removed and its whereabouts is unknown. The use of dwellings and listed buildings on Henrietta St has led to a careless disregard for these masterpieces of 18th century architecture.  Not withstanding the enormous disruption and inconvenience caused to residents by the constant use of this area as a film location, both day and night.  It would appear that no permission for change of use from dwelling to studio was sought by the owners of these properties.  It is the responsibility of the City Council to protect these structures and insist on compliance with the principles of care for listed buildings.

April 2013 Questions to the City Manager:

Question to City ManagerCity Council Meeting 04/02/2013

Q72.COUNCILLOR MANNIX FLYNN

Can the City Manager supply an updated report on what action has been taken in relation to the damaged ‘Gandon’ Statue at Henrietta St/Kings Inn which was damaged recently by being knocked over by a truck that was associated with the film unit engaged in filming in this location. This report to include assessment of damage to the statue, proposed repair works, who is liable and responsible for the damage and the cost of repair and who will pay. Also what steps have been taken to manage traffic and vehicle transport in this location with regards to filming and what safety measures have been initiated in order to protect similar objects and the protected structures.

 

CITY MANAGERS REPLY

“Truth” commonly known as Henrietta, was accidentally knocked off her pedestal in April 2012 by a film truck.  Immediately advice was sought from the Society’s Architect, stone and monumental sculpture conservators and from two well respected Architectural Historians (one gave advice on the author of the sculpture (believed not to be any person of significance)), the second gave advice on reinstatement, location, and possible alternative solutions.  All the fragments of Henrietta, including her head have been removed to a safe storage place in King’s Inns.  The three main pieces have been moved to temporary safety and will be stored in a properly protected storage area within the King’s Inns building as soon as the budget will allow for the hire of a crane.  To date, King’s Inns (a private unincorporated association of members) has incurred all the costs involved in the professional advices received.  King’s Inns has a working party in place to oversee the replacement / reinstatement of the statue as soon as is feasible.

 

Following the accident (involving a film truck), the King’s Inns Health and Safety Adviser was asked to work on a plan for the occasional use of the grounds by delivery trucks, by film trucks (mainly static once they park in an assigned place) and other vehicular traffic.  Advices are awaited.  The cost of this advice will be borne in its entirety by King’s Inns.

 

 

Migrant voters – How to Register, Tonight – March 27th 2014

Dublin City Council in association with the Dublin City Integration Forum
Present a

Seminar on the Voting Registration and Democratic Process in Ireland
Thursday 27th March 2014
Wood Venue, Dublin City Council.

Agenda

5.45pm: Registration
6:10pm Introduction and welcome: Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn & Office for Integration
6:20pm ‘Local elections in Ireland – The electoral system’
Professor David Farrell, Professor of Politics,
School of Politics & International Relations, University College Dublin.
6:40pm ‘Migrant Engagement with Political Parties’
Peter Szlovak Head of Policy & Research, The Integration Centre
6:55pm ‘How to Register’
Oliver Douglas, Franchise Section, Dublin City Council.
7:05pm Open discussion and future planning
8:00pm Close

The Devoured Landscape Dublin

Designed by Michael Scott 1944

Designed by Michael Scott 1944

Its outrageous with the housing crisis in this country and this city that these beautiful blocks of flats are to be destroyed, demolished, disappeared forever. The rejuvenation process and the monies for it have not been decided upon. There are hundreds of people homeless on our streets, thousands on the waiting lists.
I’ve been inside this unique block and in my opinion it is well worth maintaining. Beautiful light, curved walls (no corners), excellent sized rooms, truly a wonderful piece of architecture and so well built.

My fathers family came from Charlemont Street long ago and as a child I played around up here and always admired the difference of Ffrench Mullan flats. The difference creates curiosity, fills the mind and the spirit and encourages one to explore.

This site will be rendered to a speculator who will build a tiny amount of social housing and a substantial amount of commercial enterprise and private apartments. The residents of Charlemont Street, Tom Kelley flat complex have been left in a deplorable situation by Dublin City Council, the Irish Government and builder speculators. The same is the case for the residents of O Devaney Gardens, Dorset Street, Dolphins Barn, Fatima Mansions to name but a few. Who knows when this community will enter into their new homes on site because there is certainly another 5-10 years of development of this particular city centre location.

Today there is a small gathering of residents and former residents of Charlemont and Tom Kelley flats and Ffrench Mullan house along with public representatives to bid farewell to these blocks prior to their demolition. For me, it will be one of great sadness and disappointment because I see this as a further erosion and dispossession of city communities and their culture.

Article from today’s Irish Times on the demolition of Ffrench Mullan House http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/demolition-of-charlemont-street-flats-begins-despite-stalled-regeneration-plan-1.1663523

Archiseek description of Ffrench Mullan House http://archiseek.com/2010/1944-ffrench-mullan-house-charlemont-street-dublin/#.Ut_Zh6566P8

Free Men’s Health check – 26th June Wed – Cuffe St Dublin

Men’s Health Day Wednesday 26th June, Greenside House, Cuffe Street Dublin

The 2013 Men’s Health day will include general Health Checks with HSE Nurses,

including Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, BMI and Cholesterol. During the day there

will also be a Healthy Food Stand, Information Points & Presentations

To book an Health Check appointment please phone Brigid 0872 467091

 

Prostate & Related Issues Wed 26th June at 2.30.

During Men’s Health Day Solomon Popoola, Senior Physiotherapist, will give a talk on Prostate and related health issues.

All Services Free Of Charge

… and other Classes, Info and more.

The Men’s Health Day will also include:

Yoga for Men, Aiki Mindfulness, Information Points,Healthy Food Stand……..and more

WHITEFRIAR AUNGIER AREA COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Whitefriar Aungier Area Community Council

Contact Information:

Project Manager: Brigid Ruane 0872 467091

Chairperson: Brendan Dowling 0872 940735

Team & Family Support : 01 4759889

E-mail: info@waacc.ie

Premises: The WAACC Base

Greenside House, Cuffe Street, Dublin 2

As part of the 2013 Men’s Heath Day taking place on Wednesday 26th June in

Greenside House there will be two Occupational Therapy Information talks.

Would you like to know more about how to keep your brain active? Are you worried about your memory?

This talk will help you find ways / strategies to keep your brain sharp and active during the activities you do every day.

First Talk: 11.15 – 11.45 Second Talk: 12.00 – 12.30

Occupational Therapy Information Talk

*Numbers are limited to 8 persons per session. Please put your name down for your session of choice*

To book please contact: Brigid Ruane 0872 467091

Or Occupational Therapists Mary Tinnelly, 01 7085700 Or Avril Carey 01 4543344

Cathedrals/Liberties Community Participation in Primary Care

Men’s Health Day Wednesday 26th June, Greenside House, Cuffe Street

The 2013 Men’s Health day will include general Health Checks with HSE Nurses,

including Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, BMI and Cholesterol. During the day there

will also be a Healthy Food Stand, Information Points & Presentations

Tobook a Health Check appointment please phone Brigid 0872 467091

Prostate & Related Issues

Wed 26th June at 2.30.

 

Be there for the Square. Parnell Square Survey

Dublin City Council have intention to create a cultural Quarter at Parnell Square.  Don’t be a bystander be a participant.  Be there for the Square.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Dear Councillor

The recently announced vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin City in Parnell Square highlights the new City Library to be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane which will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences. A civic plaza will connect the new library and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the City.

Dublin City Council has engaged Green Hat to carry out an initial public consultation to ensure that the vision of a Cultural Quarter as a cultural space for all is realised.Focusing on the responses to the vision and the desired physical spaces for the area, the consultation has sought input and ideas on the provision of opportunities to learn, create and participate. A series of workshops and Café Consultations have taken place in June 2013 to engage with and collate the thoughts and ideas of local businesses, residents, arts and cultural organisations and other interested parties.

We are keen to gather as wide a range of views as possible and would encourage you to complete a short online survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes. We would appreciate if you could circulate this email to your constituents and anyone with an interest in the future of the Parnell Square area. The online survey will remain open until Friday 28th June 2013.

You can access the survey by clicking this link or typinghttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V7RJJZT into your browser.
This dynamic and exciting project will inspire cultural, physical and economic regeneration and will fulfil Dublin’s ambitions for a ‘Civic Spine’,a route connecting the capital’s key cultural & historic sites with retail areas, from Parnell Square down O’Connell Street through College Green to Christchurch, extending south to Kilmainham and eventually north to Grangegorman. Watchthis short video for more information.

For further information please email parnellsquare@greenhat.org.uk or call 048 677 23766.

To extinguish or not to extinguish, that is the question.

Off Grafton St. Dublin

Off Grafton St. Dublin

Today was the final day to raise concerns around the public right of way at Tangier Lane.

 

To Whom It May Concern,

I wish to raise some observations regarding the proposal to consider the extinguishment of the right of way at Tangier Lane Dublin 2.

While I understand that this process is being initiated in order to combat anti-social behaviour in the area, that anti social behaviour will simply go to the next laneway or the next street or the next cul-de-sac and, in my opinion, is not a valid way of dealing with public domain anti-social behaviour and is not a very sound reason for closing off these intricate and curious laneways that dot Dublin city.

In many instants where these orders have been carried out the public are the losers and many of these laneways simply end up as rather unkempt storage facilities for the many businesses operating in the laneways, while the public are met either with an inappropriate iron gate or a wooden gate which has very little aesthetic no relationship to the architecture or shop fronts in the area.

At present, Grafton St and its quarter are undergoing rejuvenation and major improvements.  Special architectural conservation legislation is rightly being applied to these environs and consideration needs to be taken of the negative impact that the closing down of Tangier lane would have on the vision for Grafton Street.  In my opinion, what is needed to combat anti-social behaviour is more public domain management and enforcement through rolling out of more effective community Gardai and an educational process.

Public lavatories and conveniences would go a long way to curtail much of what the users of Tangier lane have to witness as they go to and from work.  The many agencies that dispense needles to intravenous drug users could be informed much more effectively in relation to how much impact their product has when it is dumped in laneways by their many clients.

I note that this request came as a result of the BIDS company and representation to that company by a number of businesses in the area, indeed, I’ve spoken to staff at the Gaeity Theatre and listened to their concerns with regards health and safety.  Those same health and safety issues are evident on King Street as well as on Tangiers Lane.  Is it foreseeable that the next step we’ll be taking will be to extinguish public rights of way in main thoroughfares.

I can well understand the case for residents in residential areas wishing to have laneways at the backs of their houses made more secure from anti-social behaviour and burglary.  The case is somewhat different when it is laneways in the centre of our city where there are few residential populations.

Given that unacceptable social behaviour, the numbers of people who engage in it and where they congregate is on the rise, I feel that this whole issue of extinguishing public rights of way in residential and business areas and in general needs a special consideration

Finally, if this application is successful, I would respectfully ask that in the planning stages serious consideration be given to the gates that would be placed at the entrance of Tangier lane.  That the original old Irish enamel signage (in Gaelic and English) be retained and remain visible at the entrance and protected.  And that this gateway would be opened in the daytime and also within this consideration that a wrought Iron gate would be the appropriate material allowing visibility and the presence of Tangier lane to be retained as opposed to the situation for instance on Wicklow Street and other areas where solid gates have been used to block off completely all visibility of the laneways.  It should also be considered that the laneway not be used for extra storage of barrels and bottles and rubbish etc.

In conclusion, I would like to request an oral hearing in relation to this matter at this particular location.


Yours truly,

 

Cllr Mannix Flynn

Independent Cllr South East Area, Dublin

Tangier Lane Notice