Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council

On Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 at 10.15 a.m. in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, an tArdmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha, will launch a new Guide ‘Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council’; an introduction to the work of Dublin City Council and the role of our elected representatives in the life of the city. The Guide, produced by Dublin City Public Libraries, can be viewed on the link:  Knowing Dublin - Know your City Council

Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council is a simple introduction to the work of Dublin City Council and the role of the elected representatives in the life of the city. It is a nuts and bolts piece, told in plain language, designed to inform those with little or no knowledge of the many services that the Council provides. As such, it is relevant for young adults, new citizens, immigrants, and anyone who wants to know more about how Dublin City functions.  It is also a useful tool for teachers as a basis for class lessons.

“Local democracy is strengthened by the active participation of citizens working towards a shared future. The active engagement of citizens can lead to an improvement in the quality of services delivered and the quality of democratic debate and dialogue surrounding decisions about the future of the city. Tá an daonlathas aitiúl mar bunú d’ár daonlathas náisiúnta” said Ardmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha.

The guide describes in detail the work of the local government elected representatives. There is a strong emphasis on voting: how to vote and why it is so important that citizens use their vote.

“One of the main aims of Dublin City Public Library Service is to inform, educate, and enhance the lives of the people it serves. This guide is designed to give citizens an understanding of the way local government functions; by doing so, it facilitates greater participation in the democratic process and strengthens our shared  citizenship” commented Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.


Notes to the Editor:

The Guide forms part of Dublin City Council’s calendar of events supporting Social Inclusion.

Dublin City Public Libraries is the largest public library service in the Republic of Ireland. It gives full expression to the essence of democracy by informing, educating, and enhancing the lives of the citizens it serves. It is a vital information resource that is free of charge and open to everyone. It is the main information arm of local government. It serves over half a million people who are resident in the city, and provides reference services to over a million residents of the city region, including many who study in, work in, or visit the city on a daily basis.