Saturday 18 November 2017

Ill fares land of knocked houses

Brendan McDonagh of NAMA told an Oireachtas committee this week that some unfinished housing estates will have to be knocked down.

This gives a new Irish phrase to the planning dictionary -- "rezoning housing estates for land".

In my experience most of the damage done was in the Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Cavan and Sligo areas to avail of former finance minister Charlie McCreevy's tax incentives, where many houses were built on flood-prone areas.

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