This Dublin City Council site presents all open and closed public consultations so that the public can give their opinion through forms and see to what extent the City Council has taken into account the ideas and suggestions of the citizens.
Everyone can participate in the online surveys of the open processes. It is indicated how many people have participated in the processes already closed.
To give some examples of participation:
- Capel Street Traffic Free Proposal: 1,766 proposals were received.
- Feedback on Traffic-free Trial at Capel Street & Parliament Street: 6,957 proposals were received.
- Strand Road Cycle Trial - Beach Road options: 3,712 submissions received
- Liffey Cycle Route: 425 submissions were received as part of the non-statutory public consultation process conducted from 2 May 2019 to 6 June 2019.
The Dublin Consultation Hub is presented as a simple web page. On the home page we find the open and closed consultation processes. In addition there is the section "We Asked, You Said, We Did" where the policy impacts of the different consultations are reported.
Open consultations are published as they are launched to the public. The topic of the consultation and the deadline for participation are stated. For each consultation there is a dedicated page or space with all the information related to this process: a summary of the topic to be consulted, the dates of the process, the documentation related to it and the ways to participate in the consultation. This is generally done through a completed form or by contacting the person in charge directly. In all consultations, the contact person(s) is/are indicated.
For example, in the consultation process on a Church Street reform project, a presentation of the planned reform process is made and a form is provided to indicate possible problems or comments on the reform proposal. The objective of the City Council is to know the problems, claims and demands of the citizens and to ensure that the actions of the government have the knowledge and involvement of its inhabitants. For the technical teams of the City Council, it is also an opportunity to refine some reforms or urban projects.
We asked, You said, We did
The section on follow-up and impacts of the consultations shows the closed consultations: how many people participated and what the City Council did with the citizen's contributions. Reports are made with the consultations that are transferred to the teams that must approve the final projects.
In this sense, this exercise of transparency and follow-up of the consultations carried out is very important so that citizens can see the real impact of their participation, and all this knowledge about public affairs is accessible to everyone.
The web page has several search functions to search on specific topics or areas.