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Like many of my fellow Dublin dwellers, over the weekend, I took myself, my pals and a box of Orchard Thieves down to the canal in Portobello.

The sun had uprooted the city from it's usual Sunday routine, and with 23 degree heat blazing down, laughter, guitar music and the cracking open of cans was the soundtrack of the afternoon. 

However, unlike some of my fellow revellers, I disposed of my crisp packets, empty cans and cigarette butts in the extra bins provided. 

As someone who considers themselves a 'responsible' day drinker, the thought of leaving my trash behind me or dumping it in the canal is disgusting.

After all, how can the community and those who descend upon it in the good weather truly enjoy themselves if they're surrounded by what looks like a scene from Mike Judge's Idiocracy

The state the canal is left in is constantly an issue after sunny days, with Twitter and the likes of Lovin' Dublin scolding day drinkers with images of overflowing bins and plastic-littered canal water, but after years of the same conversation, the powers that be have declared that it has come to the point that it 'cannot continue. '

'It does require a much more co-ordinated effort on the part of the gardai and to recognise that it is an issue that actually has to be dealt with," Cllr Mary Freehill, who likes in the area, told The Irish Times. 

“There’s been drugs there as well, I’m afraid. What really concerns me about this is when you have a group of people consuming a lot of alcohol around very deep water, people may not realise that is an accident waiting to happen. It’s something we cannot allow to continue.”

This is just the epitome of a few people absolutely ruining things for everyone.

Yes, we all get hammered on occasion and there's absolutely nothing wrong with getting merry in the sunshine, but endangering yourself and trashing the area while you're at it simply isn't on. 

As my colleague pointed out in the office this morning, when we go on holidays to another city, and partake in their local beverages in the wild, we tidy up after ourselves, so why can't everyone have the same respect for our own city? 

Yes, I sound like a complete spoil sport, but leaving piles of rubbish strewn down the canal, public urination and generally obnoxious behaviour suddenly seems to become socially acceptable once the sun shines. 

Cllr Chris Andrews told The Irish Times that “whenever the sun shines it’s a problem” dealing with groups along the canal.

'There’s no overnight solution. We’re going to have to put a strategy in place to address it and redevelop it so there is infrastructure there for people who are social drinking and enjoying the scenery.' 

As much as the city council does need to do more to provide yet more bins, more surveillance and possibly portaloos, it's us, the revellers who need to check ourselves when enjoying the sun. 

Just take a shopping bag with you when you go day drinking, use it as your bin, and then take it home with you when you leave – don't apply that typical 'it'll be grand' attitude to your own rubbish disposal, because clearly it's not 'grand' when it's to the detriment of the people living in the area and the wildlife like swans, ducks, frogs and fish who are there 365 days of the year, not just when it suits them. 

If there's room in the bins, pop your trash in there – yes, it can be frustrating when you go to put your stuff in the bin and it's full. but that's where your take-home shopping bag comes in.

A bag of empty cans isn't the most glam thing to bring on the bus home but you could drop them off at a recycling bank on your way.

As for pissing in the street, can you just not?

'At one stage I could see 40 fellas pissing in the street at one time,' a resident told The Sun. 'People are walking by here holding their nose it is that bad.'

If a local pub allows toilet use for customers, buy a bottle of water, a drink or a snack and use the loo while you're there, at least you're contributing a small amount to a local business and keeping yourself hydrated while you're at it. 

The actual shame of peeing in a stranger's doorway and then them having to scrub it away the next day. Absolutely scarlet if you actually think that that's in any way acceptable. 

Cllr Chris Andrews admitted to The Irish Times that it's a hugely difficult thing to tackle, as when people get locked they lose the run of themselves. 

Local councillors are set to discuss these issues at their next meeting, so until then the fate of the cans and canal tradition hangs in the balance. 

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In an effort to prevent long stays in emergency accommodation, Dublin City Council has proposed a new policy in which homeless families will no longer be given priority on the social housing waiting list.

This move comes after the head of the Housing Agency, Conor Skehan, claimed that some homeless families were 'gaming the system' in order to be at the top of the social housing waiting list.

Dublin City Council now plans on encouraging families to avail of the housing assistance payment (HAP) to pay for accommodation in the private rental sector.

The council's head of housing, Brendan Kenny, told the Irish Times, "We are concerned that families will endure a prolonged period in emergency accommodation and not consider alternatives, in order to secure what they believe to be the most sustainable option for their family, ie social housing."

This is 'completely understandable', he said. However, he noted that the council lacks enough houses to ensure all of these families have a roof over their heads.

Brendan said that families living in emergency housing for over half a year were less likely to accept HAP to pay for private rental accommodation.

"While it might seem counterintuitive to cease prioritising families for social housing, it is with a view to encouraging shorter stays and supporting families to rent independently with enhanced financial and social support," he added.

Fr Peter McVarry, a homeless campaigner, spoke on Newstalk Breakfast about the proposal, saying, "Many homeless families have come from the private rented sector – they've been evicted for a variety of different reasons.

"And now Dublin City Council is telling them 'you've got to go back into the private rented sector if you want to get permanent accommodation'. They don't want to go back into the private rented sector because there's no security of tenure – they don't have any permanence there.

"So that's why they want a council house – and because council housing in such short supply, low-income families are now competing with each other to get the few social houses that become available."

Dublin City Council's housing committee was asked to approve this policy today, according to the Irish Times.

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A number of posters have been placed around Dublin as part of the City Council's new anti-sexism initiative.

The move comes after a report commissioned by Dublin City Council recommenced a number of measures be undertaken to ensure that women “enjoy a safe, secure freedom of movement through the city.”

One suggestion was the development of “public awareness campaigns expressing zero tolerance of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public space”.

Bearing the message, “a sexist remark is not a compliment,” it is hoped the new posters will raise awareness of the sexual harassment that women face on a daily basis.

After joining the UN Women Safe Cities Global Programme in 2013, Dublin is one of 20 cities aiming to reduce harassment of women and girls.

According to thejournal.ie, a spokesperson said: “The decision to join the global initiative was taken not because Dublin is an unsafe city but because the city wants to share and learn from knowledge in other cities.”

A safety audit revealed that inadequate street lighting and a lack garda presence at night made women feel uncomfortable when walking through the city.

Catcalling and groping on crowded public transport were also noted as major areas of concern.

Going forward, Dublin City Council plan to introduce educational programmes for the public and service providers, in particular the gardaí, which “clearly defines what constitutes sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public space.”

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When you travel to places like New York or Dubai, you realise how small (and short) Dublin City is.

And even though the city has changed drastically over the years, there's still no building taller than 70 metres.

Celtic Tiger developer Johnny Ronan tried to change that by proposing to build Dublin's tallest skyscraper on the South Quays, however, his bid has been rejected.

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The Irish businessman wanted to build a 22-storey hotel and office block just off Tara Street, but there were many people against the plans.

And it looks like Dublin City Council has listened to the opponents, as they believe the hotel would have an ill-effect on the character of the area.

The Council claim that the 88-metre building would have a "significant and detrimental visual impact" on the city.

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Dublin City Council said in a statement: "The proposal would be reason of visual intrusion, have a significant and detrimental visual impact on a number of important views and vistas in the city including from College Green and the Trinity College Campus."

They also noted that the "scale, bulk and height" would take away from “one of the city’s most important architectural set pieces,” The Custom House.

Johnny has one month to appeal the decision, but we honestly can't see it going anywhere at the moment.

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After it was revealed there was a lime leak at Poolbeg Incinerator four weeks ago, it has now emerged that there were three other incidents during the first week of testing.

The incidents, which have been described as serious, relate to a filter used to control pollution.

They were recorded on June 1 and 5, as well as the lime leak on June 8.

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According to 98fm, Dublin Waste to Energy reported the incidents to the Environmental Protection Agency, and they were brought up during a meeting of Dublin City Council's Environment SPC yesterday.

It has been reported that the various issues have now been resolved, however burning has been suspended while separate investigations take place.

Dublin City councillors have voted to increase the level of online monitoring at the plant.

Eleven incinerator workers were hospitalised as a precaution after the incidents.

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We've all been there, completely langers after a night out, shoes in hand, and nothing seems more fun than getting a lift in a rickshaw up to Supermacs.

There's the global negotiation strategies needed to agree on a fare, the mandatory Snapchat videos taken while being cycled down the street, and the sweet sweet relief of taking the weight off your formerly high-heeded feet. 

Unfortunately, Dublin City Council has issued a public advisory notice about the nifty man-powered bikes.

DCC is warning the public about safety concerns when using rickshaws.

'Dublin City council wishes to advise members of the public, for their own safety and the safety of others, that rickshaws operating in Dublin City are not regulated by DCC or otherwise,' reads the notice.

The warning also said that 'some rickshaw operators appear not to have public liability insurance.'

'Rickshaws are a real difficulty in in Dublin because they’re unregulated,' Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe told TheJournal.ie

'I don’t necessarily think that rickshaws need to be banned, but those who use them should should ensure that they’re insured,' he said.

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Come Wednesday morning , the new 30km/h speed limit will officially be set in place in various areas around Dublin.

Phase two of the expansion is underway, and the limit will extend to nine new residential areas as follows:

  • Sandymount 
  • Crumlin 
  • Drimnagh 
  • Raheny
  • Artane 
  • Donaghmede
  • Drumcondra
  • Glasnevin
  • Phibsborough

This expansion will come into effect on Tuesday (May 30) at midnight.

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Dublin City Councillors voted on the limit decrease last December, with 37 votes in favour, eight against and two abstentions.

The first phase was carried out in April.

The speed limits on arterial roads will not be reduced during this phase, however it is said that this will be discussed as part of phase three in 2018.

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Last night, Dublin City Council passed an emergency motion to support the Strike 4 Repeal without debate.

The council offers their formal support to the movement, and calls on Dublin City Council management, as a major employer in Dublin City, to ensure any workers who wish to participate in the strike by taking an annual day of leave are facilitated to do so.

It also calls on any workplace events in support of the strike to be given the support of management.

"Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Council welcomes the Strike4Repeal initiative as a reminder of the stark reality of women’s inability to access abortion in Ireland," reads a statement from Dublin City Council.   

"We note the support given by the Council to the repeal of the 8th amendment in September 2015, as follows: That Dublin City Council:

"Noting the welcome passing of the marriage equality referendum by a wide margin reflecting a qualitative shift in public opinion in favour of progressive social change particularly among the youth and working class communities where the highest 'Yes' votes were recorded."

"And further noting recent reports from Amnesty International and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights critiquing Ireland's highly restrictive abortion laws

Dublin City Council also "calls on the government to hold a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution.”

The Strike 4 Repeal movements "Meet me on the Bridge" video campaign has gone viral, with over 370,000 views and thousands of likes. 

The strike is going ahead tomorrow, kicking off at 10.30am in a picket at the Department of Justice and culminating in a mass gathering on O'Connell Bridge at 12.30am. 

SHEmazing! will be at the strike tomorrow, so follow us on Snapchat @shemazingie for live updates. 

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Using wild animals for entertainment in a circus has now been banned in Dublin.

The capital's City Council voted for the practice to be stopped last night, after the motion was first introduced by Sinn Fein councillor, Noeleen Reilly.

John Carmody, the spokesman for Animal Rights Action Network, said: “Thanks to the progressive views of Councillor Noeleen Reilly and those who voted yes at Dublin City Council to the motion, we are now steps nearer to a national ban on the use of animals in Irish circuses.

“With countries all over the world introducing such legislation, Ireland still has much to do to bring our outdated and old-fashioned views of using animals for entertainment into modern century thinking.

"But thankfully we feel that the tide is turning and we welcome the day Irish circuses can thrive with proper artists and acrobats, that way everyone can have fun.

"What is wrong with using animals in circuses? With the very best intentions in the world, a travelling circus is unable to adequately provide for the animals in their care.

"Considering their very nature, they pull up on whatever land is available and use makeshift, collapsible accommodation," John explained.

"Animals touring Irish circuses in 2016 include elephants, tigers, camels, horses, ponies, crocodiles, parrots and so many other animals prompting the need for national legislation to ban, outright, any circus using any animals."

Councillor Noeleen said: “I am delighted my motion was passed. This is a cruel outdated practice that holds no place in modern Ireland.

"Training and torturing animals to perform tricks for our entertainment in an unnatural environment is inhuman and degrading," she added.

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After extensive talks, Dublin City Council has said it will allow five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead, but only if two of those shows are performed during the day.

The DCC has proposed that two shows on Saturday and Sunday should be performed as matinee shows.

Aiken and Garth Brooks have yet to agree to these terms.

In response to this proposal Mr Brooks said “that to treat 160,000 people differently than all the rest and to see a show other than how it was meant and created is wrong.”

Garth Brooks held a press conference before the DCC made their decision. The singer said that he would “swim and crawl” to Enda Kenny to resolve the problems surrounding the Croke Park gigs.

The Dublin City Council released a statement about their decision this evening:

“Following a meeting this morning between Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions and Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, the City Council has agreed to a proposal from Aiken Promotions designed to break the impasse that has arisen. Under the proposal, the City Council will consider an updated Event Management Plan, to be submitted in accordance with the Licence, whereby the three concerts will proceed but the Saturday and Sunday concerts will start earlier to facilitate separate matinee audiences on these two days. This will allow everybody who bought a ticket to see Garth Brooks.

The Council is satisfied that the event licensing procedure was applied correctly in this particular case by the City Council and that the decision reached was appropriate and balanced having regard to all the competing interests. However, in response to the disappointment of ticket holders who purchased tickets in good faith for the cancelled Monday and Tuesday concerts and in light of concerns that these ticket holders could turn up on the other days creating security and public safety concerns the Council has agreed, following consultation with An Garda Siochana, to consider a revised Event Management Plan prepared on the basis outlined above. It will be a matter for Aiken Promotions and Garth Brooks to decide if they wish to pursue this suggestion.”

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