Tuesday 25 April 2017

Memo to TDs: capitalism is the greatest destroyer of poverty ever devised

Environment Minister Alan Kelly visits some modular homes in Ballymun – the Tipperary TD has struggled to fix the housing crisis. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Environment Minister Alan Kelly visits some modular homes in Ballymun – the Tipperary TD has struggled to fix the housing crisis. Photo: Gerry Mooney
David Quinn

David Quinn

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has suggested that the country is in need of yet another constitutional referendum, this time aimed at weakening the rights of property owners and therefore supposedly allowing the State to do more to alleviate the crises in the housing and rental sectors.

The thinking behind the proposal is that property owners have too many rights. Among other things, this makes it too hard for the State to introduce strong rent controls.

This reminds me a bit of the sort of talk in the run-up to the children's rights referendum of 2012. We were told that the Constitution gave too much power to parents and made it almost impossible for the State to remove at-risk children from the family home.

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