Dublin City Council beta

Dublin City and Dublin City Council needs to find a better way to discuss and trial ideas.

We’re exploring how we might develop such a better approach. We’re calling this approach and ethos Dublin City Council beta and calling the individual trials Beta Projects.

Pictured: Street conversations by council and non-council staff during Designing Dublin.

Beta - Traffic Light Box 1 - Holly+Cathal 3
Pictured: Traffic light box artworks Beta Project by Holly Johnson and Cathal McCoy.

This is a Dublin City Council project which was initiated as an ‘innovation time project’, is now being carried out part-time, and is being developed ‘bottom-up’ by Dublin City Council staff. It’s also a trial – itself “in beta”.

Read more about Dublin City Council beta.
Read more about Beta Projects.

45 Responses to Dublin City Council beta

  1. Mary Russell says:

    Are u looking for suggestions abt making dublin more accessible to visitors?

    • Hi Mary, all suggestions welcome on anything. What do you mean when you say “accessible”?

      • Liz McC says:

        I am a disabled driver and always have difficulty in finding a parking space in Dublin city. I am dismayed by your new seating area in Sth William St, taking up yet another space that I might have parked in. Also, why do council workers block off disabled spaces with their trucks every time they do work in the area? It’s difficult enough having a disability.

  2. Sammy says:

    Do you guys have an email alert/mailing system in place by any chance? I would love to get notification of when you are starting new projects, etc – Thank you

  3. Fg Gomes says:

    Sou Brasil city Brusque sc como faço implantar esse ideia na prefeitura Beta projects ?

  4. Paul says:

    I think the bike shelters are a fantastic idea.

  5. Ian says:

    Love the entire Beta idea. I too would like to see a Twitter account or email list to tell me about new Beta projects. Loads of WordPress plug in to help you do this real easy.

  6. Sinead Harris says:

    Bike security is a great idea. hope to see it rolled out all over the city.

  7. Pem says:

    Yep, roll out the shelters please

  8. David says:

    Hey, I really love the idea of these beta projects and want to endorse the likes of the traffic light box artworks and the bike hanger on Dillon St. However, I can’t help but notice how confusing the website is and how difficult it is to ‘vote’ in favour of an idea or give feedback. I see that you accept emails, posts of facebook, and tweets but really there should be a very simple and clear way to collate opinions or ‘votes’. It’s also doesn’t seem very transparent as to what projects are popular and worth pursuing. Like I said, it’s such a good idea but there really must be a better way to present it and show how each project is progressing.

  9. Jacqui Carroll says:

    I think the hangars is a brilliant idea,I work in a bike shop which my brother owns and the amount of people that do the bike to work,only for their bike to be robbed within a few months of getting it is unbelievable,a major problem in our capital city.This is such a great idea and people will not be afraid of leaving there bikes,as they will know they are safe.
    PLEASE PLEASE Dublin City Corp roll these out asap.

  10. RF says:

    Bike hangers are a FANTASTIC IDEA! Although Dublin has and supports infrastructure for cyclists, it is not on par with other cities. I’m very pleased to see the efforts made on the part of Dublin Council to provide hangers for bicycles. At present, locking bikes on street signs, poles and trees is far from ideal. Moreover, bikes locked outside are at risk of vandalisation and theft. The opportunity to have access to a bike hanger is exciting and I would certainly use it on a daily basis (and be happy to pay for the cost to keep my bicycle nearby and safe).

  11. deekerins says:

    More bike hangers please!

  12. Margaret Burke says:

    I think the bike hangars are a great idea – most apartments blocks don’t have adequate parking spaces for bikes.. Might need to think about how to deter graffiti..

  13. Jan says:

    I really like the #streetparkletbeta idea. Im sitting here right now having my coffee watching the world go by. It makes our city seem like a much more friendly place.

  14. Imelda says:

    Could the council put more bins in the streets and parks? PLUS change to a decent design with a wide oping on top so people can put rubbish in easily. If these were emptied daily – as in other countries – there would be less filth in the city, less ugly embarrassment when tourists visit- less seagulls infesting the urban areas. The council could employ more young people to do this, many would appreciate some paid work.

  15. Justin owens says:

    I’d love to volunteer!

  16. Lynda O Gorman says:

    Hi I’ Ve noticed the painted boxes around the Glasnevin Area. I didn’t realise it was a project until today. What a fab idea. The Artists work is fantastic and really adds to the area.
    Hope there will be a lot more. Well done to all invovled .
    Thank you

  17. Jimmy says:

    I really like the traffic light box artwork, makes the city a lot nicer.

  18. Morgan Nolan says:

    I think the overall project is great. Turning ugly utility into beauty.
    Well done

  19. Cathy Smyth says:

    I love this project! It’s bright, creative and really stimulating. I love finding new ones. The children are fascinated too. What a way to bring art to the street!

  20. Sinead Peers says:

    Absolutely loving the electrical boxes that are painted so beautifully. What a fabulous idea.

  21. Adrian Dunne says:

    Loving the traffic light box art. More please

  22. Antoin Daltun says:

    Tá na boscaí péinteálta go hiontach. Molaim go mór iad.

  23. Cathal P Forde says:

    I spotted the box for the lights at the junction of the Oscar traynor road and Coolock village and have experience to say I love it. What a great idea, instead of these boring and ugly green boxes we can have colourful art works. Maybe on ones near schools or sports clubs they should be encouraged to offer some in put as to the content of the art, encourage community pride but what I have seen so far is excellent. Keep up the good work.

  24. Nina Ward says:

    Love this initiative, it makes me smile when I see these utilitarian objects become little works of art. My grandchildren love spotting them around town and cheer when they see a new one. They certainly add to the gaiety of the city and could be a deterrent to random scribbled graffiti. Take a bow, all concerned.

  25. Andrea Laurent says:

    Painted boxes on streets look great and add to the life of the city, my kids love them too. Thanks

  26. Nell Spillane says:

    I think the idea of painting the green boxes (traffic light control?) is a really good one and lve seen some thoughtful, amusing and attractive examples in the city. However the box located in front of one of the greens at the entrance to Iveagh Gardens in Crumlin is absolutely appalling. What’s worse than it’s ‘design’, choice of garish colours & slapdash execution is the utter inappropriateness of the work to it’s setting- the entrance to a charming estate of historically and architecturally important residences built by Guinness’ for its craftsmen now occupied by families and older people. Was this an honest mistake? Perhaps it was meant to have been located in front of a nightclub where the visual effects of mind altering drugs/alcohol may have prepared some viewers for the stomach churning effects of this image? Were the community, and the residents of Iveagh Gardens in particular, consulted in any way concerning the specific design? Not from the comments lve heard!

  27. Sue Shelley says:

    Could we get some murals on ESB boxes on Upper Rathmines road near the set of shops ?

  28. Sue Shelley says:

    I live inUpper Rayhmines near Tesco Express. I would love Beta boxes in my neighbourhood to cheer the place up and give to cover up nasty graffitti.
    Please please !!
    Tel 087 8185331.

  29. Ethel Hudson says:

    I love seeing new painted boxes as I travel around the city. I was told they will only stay for a year or so. Hope its not true. It would be such a waste of talent and money.

  30. Jaseel Cattel says:


    I really would like to present a project about treating the waste of our cities.
    Imagine you treating waste that even reclying companies do t want to do.
    Now that we have this issue with China, where they are responsible for 95% of our waste and maybe we loose a good bit of this contract.
    I have been trying contact with Dublin council for more than 6 months and I never get one single answer.

    Please give me a feedback on that and how can I present you the idea.

    Thank you

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