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Nimbys: Serial housing objectors or scapegoats?

Developers and even the Taoiseach have singled out not-in-my-back-yard building objectors as the reason for the slow delivery of homes amid a housing crisis, but the numbers of houses and apartments being held up by legal objections don’t necessarily back up their argument

Tony McDonnell, chairperson of the port dwellers association in Mayor Street: the former firefighter has tried to fight his corner when developers unveiled new plans to build beside his home. Picture: Bryan Meade

When Tony McDonnell moved to Mayor Street 30 years ago, it was an undisturbed nook of Dublin’s docklands. The “peace and quiet” of the cul-de-sac, one block north of the river Liffey, appealed to him. McDonnell had first moved to the area with his wife in 1978. He was a “runner-in from Ballyfermot” then, and more than 40 years later, McDonnell still calls himself a runner-in now.

In the 1980s, they had five children, and ...