A friend of mine, J, lives in LA and although we text and phone regularly, we realised recently that we hadn’t seen each other in the flesh since the summer of 2016. It was a situation that must be remedied, we decided, and as soon as possible.
At the moment, my life revolves around the new book I’m writing. I have a copy of the editorial schedule taped on the wall in front of my computer — when the next draft is due for submission to the publisher, when the next round of edits will make their way back to me. Back and forth, on repeat for the next seven months.
I am sure that Ms O’Regan-Sheppard (Irish Examiner, 8/8/19) is perfectly correct in pointing out the unfair advantages enjoyed by Airbnb properties over traditional, regulated forms of tourist accommodation, but this alone would not lead to the development of a single-night culture as opposed to longer stays.
New research indicates that local authority staff in Dublin will struggle to deal with the influx of planning permission applications for short-term lets and says that new Government regulations are “potentially compromised”.