Cri­sis en­dures

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

De­spite our hous­ing cri­sis, politi­cians seem all too ready to ob­ject to devel­op­ments. Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar and for­mer tá­naiste Joan Bur­ton’s ob­jec­tions to a four-storey de­vel­op­ment in Castle­knock were un­suc­cess­ful. Some time ago Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin lodged an ob­jec­tion over plans for ac­com­mo­da­tion for 350 stu­dents in his con­stituency. Last week Dis­abil­i­ties Min­is­ter Finian Mc­Grath voiced his op­po­si­tion to the “res­i­den­tial mix” of 377 apart­ments and eight houses pro­posed for Marino, in Dublin.

This cage-rat­tling might have cred­i­bil­ity be­yond the self­serv­ing if these politi­cians, and there are many more, ad­vo­cated as stri­dently on other en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. How­ever, they, more of­ten than not, act on foot of rep­re­sen­ta­tions from NIMBY con­stituents. De­spite that, they should find the courage to say “no” more of­ten. Lead­er­ship can be bruis­ing.

An Bord Pleanála has re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion for over 300 homes in East Cork. This was an in­de­pen­dent rul­ing and shows that we have a long way to go be­fore we ac­cept the cul­tural changes needed to re­solve the hous­ing cri­sis.

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