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FG’s Mitchell O’Connor lobbied to end own party’s fast-track housing scheme

Mary Mitchell O’Connor filed submission calling her government’s Strategic Housing Development ‘undemocratic’

Killian Woods

Business reporter

19th January, 2020
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, minister of state

Fine Gael’s Mary Mitchell O'Connor lobbied behind closed doors for her own government‘s “undemocratic” fast-track housing scheme to be scrapped, the Business Post can reveal.

Last September, the scheme was criticised after reports by this newspaper highlighted claims by property developers that the fast-track planning system was largely their idea and that the state took it on “lock, stock and barrel and stuck it into the new housing bill”....

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