Developers: paying off locals is just ‘cost of doing business’

Our survey of leading construction firms in Ireland reveals the scale of hidden deals aimed at removing objections to new homes

Developers may see financial deals as good value for money because the individuals involved will withdrew their objections to planning decisions. Picture: Reuters

Every developer in Dublin knows where it is. They all know who is involved. And it has made some of them quietly keen to share their own experiences, albeit anonymously.

The case of south Dublin residents demanding six-figure sums not to oppose a new housing development in the area, as first reported by the Irish Independent, has been the chatter of the industry these past two weeks.

A resident who lives near the proposed development ...