The annual conference of Irish geographers is being held in UCC in early May. This year, I am hoping to contribute at least one paper to a themed session called Housing crisis, neoliberalism and the right to the city. My paper for the conference, based on a paper I am now writing for a journal, is called Spaces … More Conference of Irish Geographers 2017
In the summer of 2016 I finalised a small dataset of about 150 records outlining the name, size and approximate date of each of Dublin city’s public housing developments. These records (c. 1880 – 1980) were derived from Council records and from McManus’s work on housing in Dublin. I have only now been able to make them … More Municipal housing in Dublin
In July, I wrote about the possibility that AirBNB rentals were pricing residents out of specific areas. At that time, I argued that this may lead to some displacement of people who need a place to live more than they need their city to be an entrepreneurban paradise. The focus on that occasion was the publication … More August snapshot of Dublin’s AirBNB
I gave a paper at the Conference of Irish Geographers at St. Patrick’s Drumcondra in May 2016. Through encouragement, I made it into a working paper for the NIRSA Working Paper series (Thanks to Mary, Melina, Mark, Rhona, Phil, Ellen and Linda). By doing this it means I am committed to writing about a new topic for … More Abstract for my new Working Paper
This morning I went to a town called Athboy to attend a funeral of a former workmate. She was a stylish, funny woman who loved her family and was looking forward to her retirement. Cancer killed her. These occasions in Ireland tend to be about respect, not breast-beating mournfulness. On the way there, Hugh Connolly (president of … More Some thoughts on ‘the Maynooth thing’.