Thursday February 27, 2020

McGowan: Housing will bring this country to its knees

The builder who was found to have made corrupt payments to Ray Burke has written a memoir about the ‘lessons’ of a life in property development

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
2nd September, 2018
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Joe McGowan, once Dublin’s largest residential developer, has castigated the government for allowing the housing crisis to develop Pic: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall

The developer who was once Dublin’s largest housebuilder has said that the housing crisis is going to bring the country to its knees.

Joe McGowan said that it was not possible to build houses at affordable prices due to the high price of land and the high taxes.

“They definitely have lost the plot. It’s not just Fine Gael but Fianna Fáil, the whole fucking lot of them. It’s the biggest disgrace. And...

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