Let's have no more Priory Halls as the construction boom cranks up again
Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30
Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly died because other people didn't do their jobs properly. Tom McFeely, the cowboy developer who rode the construction boom, is one - but there were others, from legislators to the local authority. His death can be laid at many doors.
Nobody forced him to choose the nuclear option. But he was a casualty of other people's shortcomings - the butt of a rash of irresponsibility practised during the Celtic Tiger era. Someone had the brainwave that the construction industry should self-certify. Self-regulation is another name for no regulation.
Banks had the benefit of light-touch regulation, all but indistinguishable from self-regulation. But it was even handier for developers, who could self-certify - and it was legal. The State allowed profits for developers to trump the safety of citizens.