Approach to housebuilding ‘could wreck Irish communities’

The head of the Housing Agency, John O’Connor, says the state must assert itself more to make development happen

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
13th August, 2017
John O'Connor, chief executive officer of the Housing Agency Picture: Fergal Phillips

Ireland is taking entirely the wrong approach to house building – one that could lead to hundreds of hollowed-out communities in the next 30 years. That’s according to John O’Connor, the head of the Housing Agency, the government body that helps local authorities build and buy houses.

For O’Connor, virtually every body and organisation involved in building houses in Ireland – from local authorities to private developers to government departments to private...

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