Kieran Rose - a life of activism and city planning


“we should commit to - that housing, shelter - is a human right.

When we set our minds to doing things, Irish people can achieve huge implementation, huge progress against great obstacles and opposition”

Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose is a man who has had two passions driving his life, urban design and planning and human rights, particularly rights for the LGBTQ community in Ireland. He hails from Cork himself but works as a city planner with Dublin City Council while campaigning and fighting for rights and was a founder of GLEN the Gay Lesbian Equality Network in 1988.

Helen Shaw met up with Kieran in his neighbourhood, The Liberties, in the courtyard of the digital media enterprise zone The Digital Hub and in the shadow of Guinnesses to talk about his life as a city planner and how activism informed it.

John Howard