Sunday 19 November 2017

Let's have no more Priory Halls as the construction boom cranks up again

Fiachra Daly and Stephanie Meehan with their daughter, Cerys O'Dhalaigh in 2011
Fiachra Daly and Stephanie Meehan with their daughter, Cerys O'Dhalaigh in 2011

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.

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