Wednesday August 12, 2020

Civil servants cut key advice from Housing Agency report

Recommendation that state take more direct role in housing development removed from final report; Department did not want to consider cost of development land in report on housing costs

15th July, 2018
John O’Connor, chief executive of the Housing Agency

It has emerged that the Department of Housing edited the conclusions of a Housing Agency report to downplay recommendations that the state – through local and regional authorities – should set plans for housebuilding, rather than leaving it to private builders.

Documents seen by The Sunday Business Post show that a months-long editing process between officials from the two bodies resulted in the removal of a conclusions section that emphasised a deeper study of other...

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