You need to apply for planning permission from Dublin City Council before you start most development work in the city. Planning is a public process and is subject to various checks and balances. You can do the following:
Dublin City is divided into 5 administrative area committees. These are called Local Areas and are used to co-ordinate the delivery of services into your community. The Rathmines Initiative is currently covered by the South East Local Area Committee.
Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the City Council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the Local Electoral Area in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.
Dublin City Council enables you to search a database of all planning applications received since 1st January 2005. You can find:
Dublin City is divided into 11 Local Electoral Areas. The Rathmines Initiative is currently covered by two Local Electoral Areas - Kimmage-Rathmines with 6 seats to the West of Rathmines Road, and Pembroke with 5 seats to the East of Rathmines Road.
Dáil Éireann is the Lower House of the Oireachtas, currently composed of 158 Teachtaí Dála (TDs). Rathmines is within the constituency of Dublin Bay South, which is represented by 4 TDs.