Remember FixMyStreet.ie? The Government didn't, and forgot to renew the domain name
Fine Gael's Manifesto had a commitment to produce a website called FixMyStreet.ie which would allow people to report problems in their local areas. In fact, the domain had already been registered by Fine Gael this time last year. And South Dublin County Council launched a similar pilot programme back in August
. But guess what? They've forgotten to renew the domain name and they've lost it. And someone else has since registered it.
In local services, we will establish a website – www.fixmystreet.ie
– to assist residents in reporting problems with street lighting, drainage, graffiti, waste collection and road and path maintenance in their neighbourhoods, with a guarantee that local officials will respond within two working days.
Fine Gael / Labour Programme for Government
But worry not! The domain was registered by the folks who brought you KildareStreet
, and they are committing to produce a website similar to the one from the UK
The problem with lifting a good idea from a foreign NGO, putting it in the Programme for Government, and getting someone in the office to register the domain...
...is that when he stops working in the office you don't get the renewal notices.
Then the entire thing can end up in the hands of people who'll make the exact thing it's supposed to be, without your help, input or veto.
But it all works out in the end. For the people who matter, at least.
(FixMyStreet.ie is nearly finished. You'll be able to see it at this address soon.)
- Message on FixMyStreet.ie