Tuesday 21 August 2018

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

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

Edmund Honohan

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

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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