Thursday 19 January 2017

Open letter to Alan Kelly - 'Don't blame the housing crisis on the Constitution'

Edmund Honohan

Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30

Edmund Honohan. Photo: David Conachy
Edmund Honohan. Photo: David Conachy

In an open letter to Alan Kelly, the environment minister, the Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan says the Constitution cannot be used as cover for political inaction on the housing crisis

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Dear Minister Kelly,

It is appropriate that you have, in this centenary year, called for a debate about property rights in the Constitution. Faced with repeated assertions about how the right to property is legally watertight, politicians need to recover control which they have ceded to the lawyers. To do so they need to understand that the position is a lot clearer than they have been led to believe.

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