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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

@killianwoods
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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