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Cudden, Jamie and Sheahan, Danny (2011) Your Dublin Your Voice. Detailed results of phase 1, April 2011. Dublin: Dublin City Council.

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Almost 2,300 people, representing all ages and backgrounds, over 60 nationalities and every county in Ireland, replied to the survey between October and December.

Some of the "Your Dublin, Your Voice’ findings include; Dublin is a great place to live and work in, a fun place to be with lots to see and do. Its friendly people, compact size, thriving arts scene and cultural diversity are among its top assets. However, Dubliners want cleaner streets, improved public transport and to feel safer at night. They also want more action on street begging, drink and drug abuse and anti social behaviour. Not surprisingly, finding a job is perceived as difficult in today’s economic climate.

This is the first local government-led opinion panel in Ireland. The survey sought the views of people who live, work, study or visit the Dublin Region.

Selected Topline Results:
Remarkably in spite of all the economic turmoil of recent times Dubliners are upbeat about living, working and studying in Dublin.

Almost 90% (over 2,000) of respondents were positive about the fact their job or place of study was in Dublin

A similar percentage would recommend Dublin to family and friends as a great place to visit. The majority felt so strongly about Dublin that over 70% would prefer to live in the capital than anywhere else in Ireland In the opinion of one respondent Dublin’s strength was that its “a vibrant international city with a small town feel”

Respondents identified Dublin’s key strengths as it’s people (31%) in particular their humour, friendliness and warmth, it’s culture and arts (17%), It’s compact size (15%) and its diverse cosmopolitan feel (13%).

Some 88% of respondents welcomed diversity in the city and felt that this was one of Dublin’s key strengths. One respondent commented that “It’s the people that count. They have never lost their generous warmth” Another respondent observed that Dublin is a place “where you can see a city, a fishing harbour, and the mountains in one day.”

Not surprisingly only 16% of respondents felt that Dublin is an easy place in which to find a job today. Some of the worst things about Dublin highlighted included the perception of significant levels of anti-social behaviour, street begging, drink and drug abuse. These aspects were identified as a negative by 36% of respondents. Many of the panel members feel that drugs use has had a serious impact on the image of the city centre and is something that needs urgent attention from all stakeholders that operate in the city

Other areas of concern were Litter/Cleanliness/Appearance (17%) and Public Transport (11%) were other areas of concern

98% of respondents rated LUAS positively. 95% and 89% of respondents respectively rated dublinbikes and Dublin Port Tunnel positively 85% of respondents are positive about Metro North and 74% approve of taking water from the Shannon for the Dublin Region.

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