Sunday 4 December 2016

Foundations laid for trouble over housing

Published 14/08/2015 | 02:30

'Solving one housing problem while potentially creating another, even greater, one would generally come under the heading of stupidity'
'Solving one housing problem while potentially creating another, even greater, one would generally come under the heading of stupidity'

It has been said one should create with the heart and build with the mind. But wherever Government plans to ease off on the inspection of one-off homes came from, it's hard to see much evidence of an engagement with the mind.

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Already there is concern about the emergence of a "two-tier" housing system as different standards are applied. One understands that an election is in the offing and that rural voters are critical to its outcome. One also understands that housing, or the lack of it, is a big issue down the country - just as it is in the cities.

Quick fixes that may see a TD home by a hatful of votes can prove disastrous down the line when the laws of unintended consequences kick in. Solving one housing problem while potentially creating another, even greater, one would generally come under the heading of stupidity.

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