Politicians’ planning objections - Doing their job

Property developer Michael O’Flynn has made many contributions to public debate. In his latest offering, he has helpfully pointed out that buying a house is still beyond the reach of many people and he blames Central Bank regulations for this socially destructive reality.

In his latest public intervention, he also suggests that politicians should be banned from objecting to housing developments. 

This suggests two things: Mr O’Flynn may not fully appreciate how we rely on democracy to champion the common good, and that he may have spent far too much time in the developers’ echo chamber where such absolutist views might have a certain we-know-best currency.

Just as Mr O’Flynn is free to express his views, undoubtedly helpful as they are, politicians are free to express theirs, especially when they do so on behalf of their constituents. 

There is a difference though. Mr O’Flynn has legitimate business ambitions but our politicians have a democratic mandate they must be absolutely free to exercise irrespective of consequences.

More on this topic

Owner of hotel where teenagers died submits plans to demolish property

Tayto Park delivered €32m economic dividend last year while sustaining 800 jobs

Pat Kenny wins battle to prevent building on site near his Dalkey home

Board allows off-licence on bookies site despite objections

More in this Section

Iron Lady’s authority in doubt after victory for people power

Time to embrace a new approach to Iran

Letter to the Editor: More investment in prevention

Residents of Monaghan village driven to distraction by prolonged road closure


Characters and craic await at Sligo coastline

Living in a glasshouse: Meet stained-glass artist Alison Byrne

Your guide to buying art

7 reasons why Rome is the family-friendly city break of your dreams

More From The Irish Examiner